How you can help

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There are lots of ways you can try and support a child or young person with a physical disability.


Some of these strategies include:


  • Check that the child or young person has an up to date assessment.
  • Refer to relevant professionals if needed for further assessment and advice.


  • Consider the adaptations needed to ensure that the child or young person can access learning with their peers as much as possible.
  • Ensure that transition arrangements have been put in place prior to the child’s entry to class. This includes ensuring that the necessary adaptations are in place, such as:
    • Undertaking appropriate moving and manual handling training.
    • Use of support equipment such as work chairs, walkers, standing frames, hoists.
    • Ensuring that appropriate accessibility plans are in place, for example, a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan.
    • Undertaking appropriate care training and use of school’s hygiene suites.
    • Procuring and knowing how to use/maintain (where necessary) operated life-skills/curriculum equipment.
  • Use adapted equipment to facilitate access to activities throughout the school day such as cutlery, crockery, scissors.


  • Maintain progress by having a handover with the child’s previous teacher so you have a clear understanding of their strengths, coping strategies and any particular areas of need.
  • Consider those that also relate more broadly to their development or emotional well-being such as opportunities to develop confidence or developing and maintaining friendships.
  • Keep a focus on promoting independence and resilience within planning and differentiation.
  • Provide accessible ‘stretch’ opportunities.

Further Support

pdnet – a network for those supporting learners with physical disability

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