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

Hydrotherapy has multiple benefits for disabled children and young people such as increasing their range of movement at the joints, improving muscle strength or reducing abnormally high muscle tone where necessary, and enhancing their cardiovascular system.

Hydrotherapy can also provide a sensory environment for the most severely disabled patients and techniques demonstrated by physiotherapists to carers attending the sessions can then be repeated at other warm pools helping to manage long term health conditions.

Firwood School have asked us to provide a Shower Trolley Bed for their hydrotherapy pool area. This will facilitate access to the pool for more children as currently there are delays due to lack of changing spaces. The shower trolley can also be used to shower disabled pool users before and after the pool use thereby meeting hygiene needs.

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“The materials provided greatly help with the therapeutic process and engaging children, young people and their families in therapeutic work. The young people greatly appreciate having this equipment to use within their sessions. Many of the young people we see have a history of trauma including neglect and being able to access materials that they can use and enjoy is of great benefit and hopefully assists us to reinforce the messages of their worth as their self-concept is often very low.”

Michaela Foster
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Leicestershire CAMHS Partnership

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