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Firwood High School is a specialist school in Bolton for secondary aged students who have severe or profound learning difficulties. Many students also have physical disabilities which severely restrict their mobility.

An Acheeva Bed is a special bed which allows physically disabled pupils to lie straight and work in a supported, balanced posture. It is compact and easily moveable, so children can be included in class activities. Its height and angle can be adjusted so the child can see what is being shown to other pupils, and also be at eye level with staff and their classmates in wheelchairs.

Firwood High School has requested an additional Acheeva Bed to support the clinical needs of  two pupils with severe and complex medical needs.  Access to this postural equipment will improve their range of movement and help to prevent potential deformities of the spine and hips. It will enhance the students’ ability to participate in curriculum activities which in turn raises their self esteem and well being. Physio exercises can also be done on the Acheeva and it can be taken into the bathroom. This makes moving and handling the children easier for staff too and puts less strain on their backs.

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“This donation has enabled us to use more varied and useful therapeutic toys and games when working with children and young people with mental health difficulties, as well as using extra clinic rooms which are now more child-friendly. This has helped reduced anxiety about coming to CAMHS and meant that family therapy can be done. Both parents of a 10 year old boy can now attend with their 5 year old as the youngest child can play with our new resources in the waiting room or clinic space. The 10 year old benefited from therapeutic games about thoughts/feelings and we were also able to observe imaginative play for assessment.”

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