Support for a child with complex needs - Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Ryders Hayes is a fully inclusive primary school where the whole team have inclusive thinking and high expectations of all its pupils. One child in particular need, X, is a wheelchair user and has OI (osteogenesis imperfecta) or brittle bones.
X is very precious, and can break a bone through opening a drawer or fracture a rib by sneezing. All the staff at Ryders Hayes work incredibly hard to ensure that X has full access to the curriculum and any activities which support it. From supporting X with personal care to including X in an after school musical theatre club to ensuring that X has good access to school trips and residential visits. X is supported by TAs and teachers in the classroom to go swimming and to have high expectations. X recently took part in a trip to kidzania in London alongside classmates. Without great teamwork between SLT, inclusion leader/ senco, TAs, teachers, children and parents this would not be possible. X has special small exercise books, a space in class where to work comfortably out of the wheelchair and is fully included in all aspects of school life. The other children are incredibly supportive of. As a school, we have organised for X to attend a residential and have funded a friend to accompany them.