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Tel: 64 9 2984569

Email: office@rosehill.school.nz

Address

48-52 Rosehill Drive

Papakura

Auckland 2113

Physiotherapy

Treatment is goal-directed, this means that what you want to achieve, is very important to us.

 Our aim is to improve skills needed for more successful learning.

A physiotherapy assessment will help to find the reasons behind your child’s problems. This may include;

  • Posture

  • Balance, when still and when moving

  • Position of the joints and length of the muscles.

  • Muscle tone

  • Length and strength of the muscles

  • Movement patterns

  • Ability to co-ordinate each side of the body.

  • Function and independence

For those students with higher, more complex physical needs, the M.O.V.E Programme (movement opportunities through education) principles are used. M.O.V.E focuses on function especially regarding sitting, standing and walking and the parent/ student focused goals help us develop individual daily programmes to suit the student’s needs around the school day.

The findings of the assessment will be discussed with family and goals developed together.

Typical goals might be:

  • To improve sitting posture by working to improve core stability.

  • To help reduce or prevent contracture (muscle shortening) and deformity.

  • To improve core and shoulder stability to allow fine motor control (e.g. writing, scissor skills, fastening buttons etc.

  • To improve strength and stamina so that they are not so tired by the end of the day

  • To improve the ability to tolerate, make sense and respond appropriately to different sensory information. This can include sounds, sights, touch, taste, smell, position in space and information from within their own body such as the sensation of pressure on the joints. Sensory integration is used by both physiotherapists and occupational therapists, and we believe that it is the fundamental foundation from which all learning arises.

  • To improve co-ordination. Being able to use each side of the body for different tasks is very important, for example when writing, one hand needs to stabilise the paper whilst the other holds the pen.

  • To improve balance, both when sitting at a table and moving in the playground.

  • To improve independence

  • To progress through developmental milestones.

  • To re-educate normal movement.

 

 

LIZ BONNAR

I have worked as a physiotherapist at Rosehill School since 2001 and have a passion for working with all of the students here.  I have a special interest in working with the students with profound disabilities, and try to attend courses whenever available to keep up to date with current therapy ideas/practice.  I have recently completed courses in Kinesio-taping and orthotic management and am enjoying using this knowledge to benefit our students.

 

ANN DOOLEY

I have worked as a physiotherapist at Rosehill School since 2012 and enjoy working in the caring supportive environment that Rosehill provides for its students.

Keeping up to date with current practice is important to me and I regularly attend training courses and read up to date physiotherapy literature.

Recently, I completed a one year training course in neurodevelopmental delay through the INPP (Institute of Neurophysiological Psychology). I attend regular meetings with other physiotherapists from the Auckland region, working in special education.

 

ANNE HANNA

Anne joined Rosehill School in 2015 after 20+ years of work in the field of Paediatric Physiotherapy. She is a M.O.V.E co-ordinator and has recently attended an International Cerebral Palsy Conference in Vietnam.