Our rehabilitation worker – Debbie Stanley and habilitation specialist – Nikki Hobart, are always happy to answer any questions you may have about your child’s mobility and independence.
We recognise how difficult it is to allow your children the freedom and independence they may want, and we therefore do everything we can to equip them with skills to keep themselves safely independent. The children who are likely to achieve the most success are those who are encouraged by their families to put into practice at home the mobility skills learnt at school.
Mobility is about enabling a child to realise their potential regarding independent movement. This could be as simple as encouraging a child to explore the area around them through the use of all their senses, or as complex as carrying out a journey independently using long-cane skills on public transport. You may find our skills guides useful.
What we do
Many skills are involved in successful orientation mobility and independence. Areas that are covered at Joseph Clarke School include:
- Posture and spatial awareness – all ages, and, in all cases, encouraging freedom of movement
- Pre-cane skills - For a child who hasn't sufficient sight to avoid bumping into obstacles or people, these are self-protective measures to safely explore any unfamiliar space independently.
- Sighted guide skills – being guided effectively and comfortable with a view to increasing awareness and independence. Good preparation for cane skills and road safety.
- Cane skills - the use of an appropriate mobility aid, such as a long cane, guide cane or symbol cane
- Safety and independence – within the school and out in the local environment, for each individual reaching the greatest potential independence possible
- Environmental awareness – general knowledge of the outside world throught the use of all the senses
- Road safety – introducing and practicing basic road safety and the Green X code, learning about traffic flow, different types of pedestrain crossing, and different road junctions. Using tactile maps and toy cars where helpful
- Public transport travel – using buses, trains, and escalators, planning a journey (types of ticket, information needed etc. ) and carrying it out
- Personal safety and 'Stranger danger'
- Mealtime skills – Introduction of basic table manners and acceptable behaviour when eating in public, e.g. 6th form college, and ensuring thay have the opportunity to learn this even if they later decide not to put it into practice
- Dressing skills – usually with the younger pupils or those with learning difficulities, learning to manage buttons, shoelaces etc.
- Vision impairment awareness training
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Tel: 0208 523 4833