Sessional Services for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Dyspraxia and other motor disorders
For some children, full-time attendance within Conductive Education is the most appropriate form of education to meet their needs, for others sessional attendance may be more appropriate. This could be for a number of reasons:
- The child may have previously attended full-time continuous provision within CE and currently attend secondary provision. They may return to NICE each week to continue to develop their motor co-ordination, self-care and independence skills
- Children may be attending mainstream settings where their academic needs are best met, but their movement skills are not being focused upon in a structured way, Conductive Education sessions can provide this structured teaching e.g. for children with dyspraxia.
- Children may have complex communication or medical needs and require constant one-to-one support. If full-time attendance at the National Institute could not fully meet their needs, then part-time sessions could focus upon the development of their movement skills.
- There may be a cost consideration, full-time provision is costly and parents may have been unsuccessful in gaining funding for their child to attend full-time. Sessions can provide the opportunity for children and parents to engage in Conductive Education and carry over their learning into their home environment.
- Families may live outside daily travelling distance but may be prepared to make the journey to Birmingham once a week.
How sessional work is organised at NICE
The sessional services offered for children aged between 4 and 13 years at NICE take place in small groups organised according to age and type of need. The sessions last for one to one and a half hours each week. Parents and school staff may visit to observe and work with the children to learn from conductors how skills may be generalised to other particular environments and enable them to carry out activities in a more independent way.
Cost of Sessions
The cost of sessions for children vary according to the child’s condition and the length of session. They are available on application.