Miriam is a fully qualified Physiotherapist and she has a BSc Honours Degree in Physiotherapy, is a member of the Chartered Society for Physiotherapy (CSP) and is also a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council.
Miriam’s role as Physiotherapist at the Academy is to assess and treat you if you have any physical disabilities ranging from severe to moderate and if you may have gross motor delay or musculoskeletal problems. She will work with you in many ways to improve your strength, balance, coordination, mobility, range of movement, muscle length and reducing your muscle tone to help you maintain and increase independence.
If required, Miriam assesses all new students at the Academy and provides exercise programmes for students to follow either independently or with support from a member of staff. She provides support to staff and parents regarding students exercise plans, mobility, equipment and orthotics.
As the Academy’s Physiotherapist, part of Miriam’s role is to make sure you are safe to mobilise different distances so you can take part in external trips with other students safely. She also helps to reduce your risk of falls around school and off site with exercises, which increase your core stability and balance. Working jointly with the Occupational Therapists (OTs), Miriam can help to improve your posture and seating to increase concentration in class. Together, Miriam and the OTs work collaboratively to support upper limb function (such as handwriting) by strengthening shoulders.
Importantly, Miriam will work closely with your parents/carers to give advice and guidance on your individual needs so your progress outside of the Academy will also be well supported. Miriam has close links with Exeter Mobility Centre who often run Orthotic clinics for any Exeter Deaf Academy students that Miriam has assessed as necessary to receive Orthotic Input for specialist footwear, insoles, AFO’s or any other specialist equipment.
Alongside Miriam’s work with other professional members of staff within the Deaf Academy, she has a close working relationship with external professionals such as Occupational Therapists, Social Workers and Community Physiotherapists which will assist with your transition into adult services.
As with many of the other Professional Therapy services offered at the Academy, your progress is monitored and reviewed each term to ensure you are continuing to improve and any agreed goals are being achieved.