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 your child if they have any physical disabilities ranging from severe to moderate, and any gross motor delay or musculoskeletal problems. Generally, she works with students to improve their strength, balance, coordination, mobility, range of movement, muscle length and reducing muscle tone to help increase and maintain independence.
If required, Miriam conducts assessments for 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 your child is safe to mobilise different distances so that they can take part in external trips. She also helps to reduce their risk of falls around school and off site with exercises, which increase your child’s core stability and balance. Working jointly with the Occupational Therapists (OTs), Miriam can help to improve your child’s 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 their shoulders.
Importantly, Miriam will work closely with parents/carers to give advice and guidance on your child’s individual needs so 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 Academy, she has a close working relationship with external professionals such as Occupational Therapists, Social Workers and Community Physiotherapists which will assist with your child’s transition into adult services.