All therapy staff are employed by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. Parents should contact therapists directly on the telephone numbers given below about any therapy concerns for their child.
The Occupational Therapy Department in Ceara School consists of 2 therapists, Julie Hunter and Hannah Seeds. They are employed by the Southern Health and Social Services Trust.
Children are referred mainly by the Child Development Clinic and the Community Child Health Department. Assessment and treatment is often part of a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure the optimum outcome for each child.
Following referral each child is assessed. Occupational Therapy may involve the assessment and treatment of the child’s motor, sensory, perceptual, psychological and social functioning through purposeful activity and play. Treatment may be delivered as individual treatment, treatment within a group setting in class, review or in an advisory capacity.
Occupational Therapists are often involved in the home. This may be as part of a treatment programme, or to assist with the solutions needed within the environment to overcome physical difficulties either through the provision of equipment or assessment for possible home adaptations.
If you need to contact any of the Occupational Therapists please phone us on 07557 791306 or (CDC) 028 3861 3107.
The Physiotherapy Department at present consists of one therapist, Eileen ODowd and one Physiotherapy assistant, Ciara Cullen.
Children are referred for Physiotherapy from The Child Development Centre, Community Paediatrician, GP, community Physiotherapists.
ollowing referral, each child is individually assessed, a treatment plan is developed and goals are set which are reviewed regularly.
Physiotherapy treatment may involve advice on positioning and handling, provision of standing frames and walking equipment, an individually tailored exercise programme to develop strength, balance, co-ordination and ultimately improve their functional abilities. The physiotherapist can carry out chest physiotherapy if required in school or at home.
The physiotherapist also works closely with the Orthopaedic service and can assist in referring children to this clinic where appropriate.
Some children may only need Physiotherapy for a short time, but for others it may be helpful throughout their lives.
It may take the form of individual sessions, group sessions, class based programme, hydrotherapy or a combination of these.
As children grow and develop their needs change and therefore the physiotherapy they require will also change.
After school and during school holidays the Physiotherapist may visit the children and parents in their own homes to review equipment and therapy programmes.
Physiotherapy is a partnership between therapist, parents, child and school.
If you have any queries regarding your child’s physiotherapy please contact the physiotherapy department on 028 38326332
Speech and Language Therapy
This year we have one Speech and Language Therapist working in Ceara on a part-time basis, Mrs Debbie Cairns. There is one Speech and Language Therapy Assistant, Miss Irene Hamilton and Mr Alan Reid who provides clerical support. All staff are employed by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.
The Speech and Language Therapist is responsible for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of pupils with communication and/or eating and drinking difficulties. Assessment is carried out within an interdisciplinary and co-ordinated team approach to provide a joint overall management and intervention plan.
Speech and Language Intervention may be delivered on an individual basis, class based group sessions, review, or in an advisory capacity. Pupils may also receive joint therapy sessions i.e. occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.
Therapists liaise closely with the class teacher in planning and implementing group activities.
If you would like to contact any of us, please phone us at CDC 028 38613107