Kingsdown School, Academy Trust Special School, in Southend
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KINGSDOWN SCHOOL'S HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

Kingsdown School has a team of qualified therapists who support pupils and liaise between school and home.

Therapists spend allocated times in school working with pupils, always with the full consent of parents. These include a Paediatric Therapy team, a Speech and Language Specialist, a specialist teacher for the Visually Impaired, a specialist teacher for the Hearing Impaired and a Nursing team.

Kingsdown School staff liaise closely with multi-team colleagues to devise programmes which support the individual needs of each pupil to maximum effect.

Specialist Clinics

Orthotic clinics are held in the therapy room once a fortnight. Specialist seating and assessment clinics are held regularly in response to demand. Medicals are held weekly at the Children’s Development Centre with a paediatrician, by appointment only.

Who we are

  • Nicki Beange - Advisory Teacher for Hearing Impaired
  • Kerry Lewis - Advisory Teacher for Hearing Impaired
  • Susan Payne - Early Years Support Worker / Sign Language Instructor

What we do

We provide advice and support for children and pupils with a hearing impairment, who live or go to school in the Southend-on-Sea Local Authority.

Support is given in a variety of settings and is based on individual need.

Provisions can include:

  • Home-based and pre-school programmes to support children, families and pre-school staff
  • Visits to mainstream and special schools for assessment, advice, monitoring and to work with pupils
  • Recommendations for and provision of specialist equipment and resources
  • Environmental audits to ensure optimum access
  • Professional development and training for education personnel
  • Links with other agencies
  • Instruction in sign language and in the use of and maintenance of hearing aids

Where we are

Sensory Advisory Service Kingsdown School
Snakes Lane
Southend-on-Sea
Essex - SS2 6XT

Contacting the Hearing Impairment Department

Who we are

  • Esther MacQueen - RSCN
  • Nichola Adams - School Nurse Assistant

What we do

We provide advice and support for children and pupils with a hearing impairment, who live or go to school in the Southend-on-Sea Local Authority.

Support is given in a variety of settings and is based on individual need.

Provisions can include:

  • The school receives input in the form of a Specialist School Nurse, who also supports the school's Consultant Paediatrician
  • The Specialist School Nurse liaises between home and school and provides training for school staff, oversees individual health care protocols and engages in monitoring learners' health needs
  • The Consultant Paediatrician carries out routine medical examinations at the Lighthouse Child Development Centre regularly, which is facilitated by the school nurse and liaises closely with parents and school staff in order to meet individual needs

Where we are

Kingsdown School
Snakes Lane
Southend-on-Sea
Essex - SS2 6XT

Contacting the Hearing NURSING TEAM

  • Telephone: 01702 507609

Who we are

  • Grant Hitchcock - Senior Physiotherapist (PT)
  • Natalie Walsh - Physiotherapist (PT)
  • Narelle Jacobs - Occupational Therapist (OT)
  • Ann Randall - Senior Rehab Assistant (SRA)

The children we see

If a child is not already receiving active intervention from a therapist at the Lighthouse Child Development Centre, we require a referral letter from their GP or Paediatrician before they can be assessed in school. As a result of their assessment a child may require therapeutic intervention which could be on-going, or once the problem has been resolved / improved to an acceptable level, they may be discharged.

What we do

  • Run joint OT / PT assessment and review clinics
  • Provide individual treatment to pupils if required following an assessment
  • Liaise with parents/carers and, if required, offer a Home Visit
  • As appropriate provide training on the use of equipment, therapy programmes, specific conditions etc to school staff / parents/ external carers
  • Run joint Orthotics and Wheelchair clinics at Kingsdown School with external providers
  • Assess appropriate equipment needs at school and at home, and facilitate provision by liaison with the relevant agency, i.e. Local Authority/Social Care

Where we are

The Paediatric Therapy Team
Lighthouse CDC
Kingsdown School Site
Snakes Lane
Southend-on-Sea
Essex - SS2 6XT

The Therapy Team has a treatment room set up for therapy in Kingsdown School where assessments, reviews and episodes of care are carried out on Mondays and Wednesdays between 9.30am - 12.00pm and 1.30pm - 3.00pm.

Contacting the Hearing Impairment Department

  • Telephone: 01702 507610 (Kingsdown School Therapy Office)
  • Telephone: 01702 508180 (Lighthouse CDC Reception)

Who we are

  • Beatrice Iordachi - Advisory Teacher for Visual Impairment
  • Janice Daniels - Habilitation Specialist Support Officer (VI)
  • Denise Thwaites - Specialist Support Officer (VI)

What we do

We provide advice and support for children and pupils with a visual impairment, who live or go to school in the Southend-on-Sea Local Authority.

Support is given in a variety of settings and is based on individual need.

Provisions can include:

  • Home-based and pre-school programmes to support children, families and pre-school staff
  • Visits to mainstream and special schools for assessment, advice, monitoring and to work with pupils
  • Recommendations for and provision of specialist equipment and resources
  • Environmental audits to ensure optimum access
  • Professional development and training for education personnel
  • Links with other agencies
  • Teaching of Braille or Moon Tactile alphabet, touch typing and mobility and independence training

Where we are

Sensory Advisory Service Kingsdown School
Snakes Lane
Southend-on-Sea
Essex - SS2 6XT

Contacting the Hearing Impairment Department

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