Physical and medical problems

Page updated on: 12/08/2019

Some children have longstanding (chronic) difficulty with movement, caused by a physical, genetic or medical condition. Movement is a key part of physical, social, emotional and intellectual development, so this will affect a child’s ability to take part in everyday school life. They will have to make more effort than other children.

Some common conditions are:

  • Cerebral Palsy: Affects posture and movement. This can range from mild clumsiness to severe, where the whole body is affected.
  • Duchene Muscular Dystrophy: Muscle weakness, affecting boys only, which gets worse as children get older.
  • Spina bifida: The effects can range from mild to severe. Children will need to use crutches or a wheelchair.

How will my child's school help?

Schools must make sure that children are included, and that they take into account children’s individual needs.

Children with physical or medical needs will have a Care Plan, Individual Development Plan or Statement of S.E.N. School staff need to know this plan and use it in their planning.    

Schools have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments to ensure there is no discrimination against disabled people.

Schools also need to be aware that any bullying can damage self esteem and confidence, and needs to be dealt with according to school bullying policy

Parents and carers should speak to their child’s school or doctor initially if they have any questions about their child’s physical or medical problems.

Advisory Teacher: Steve Campbell 01267 246466

The following websites may be useful for more information:

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