Therapiesat Hereward College

The Therapies team at Hereward College plays a vital role in supporting the young people in our care and offers a range of therapies tailored to suit individual needs. Hereward College, whichspecialises in educating young people with learning disabilities and additional needs, has been praised by Ofsted inspectors who said students there “enjoy their learning” and “feel safe and protected”. At Hereward College we believe that emotional self-awareness and resilience is central to achieving life success, independence and well-being.

With physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy all in one facility, learners can access support to help achieve their goals for learning, independence and leisure.

Physiotherapy

Every learner at Hereward presents differently and has different physical needs. At Hereward College we tailor a physiotherapy programme specific to individual needs and goals. The physiotherapy treatments on offer help to:

  • Increase muscle strength through strengthening and mobilisation exercises.
  • Minimise abnormal patterns of movement through realignment and activation of muscles.
  • Improve balance and mobility through assessment of different seating and mobility aids and postural re-education.
  • Increase sensation through sensory stimulation.
  • Reduce muscle stiffness, spasms and pain through stretching programmes.
  • Reduce the risk of falls through balancework, gait re-education and training.

Speech and language therapy

Hereward offers support for all learners’ communication needs which range from speech, language, social communication, Makaton and dysphagia support.

Each learner is assessed and a plan is put in place to ensure a range of skills are developed to enable them to increase their confidence and communicate to their full potential in all areas of life both inside and outside college.

Learners are supported individually or in groups using both high and low tech Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) systems to suit their needs and our experienced multidisciplinary approach means that there is ongoing support for students requiring AAC equipment.

Hereward College is a college for young people with disabilities and additional needs based in Coventry. Since 1971 we have been offering inclusive provision and specialist facilities for both day and residential learners with complex disabilities and learning difficulties.

Our vision is to prepare our learners for the next stage of their lives, providing them with outstanding employability skills and greater control over their future. We have a focus on creating independent individuals who can make more of their own decisions about work, education, health and living.

We have extensive partnerships with employers and an expanding supported internship study programme. The internships build upon all the skills that the young people have developed in college and extend them even further in real work situations.

Political activity is also important to the Hereward community and we encourage our learners to have a ‘voice’ in the issues that affect them. We also support the Natspec and NUS campaigns which addresses the inequalities faced by young people with learning difficulties or disabilities.

We are extremely proud of the achievements of all our learners and our hugely committed and dedicated staff which support them.

For more information on full time application or residential enquiries visit www.hereward.ac.ukor email admissions@hereward.ac.uk or call024 7642 6173.

Hereward College, Bramston Crescent, Tile Hill, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV4 9SW

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