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Sensory and/or physical needs

Sensory and/or Physical



The term ‘physical disabilities’ is broad and covers a range of disabilities and health issues, including both disabilities that you can be born with and disabilities developed over time. Physical disabilities or impairments include those that interfere with a child’s ability to meet the same developmental milestones as those of the same age. An example of a physical disability is dyspraxia. Dyspraxia is a problem with the body’s system of motion that interferes with a person’s ability to make a controlled or coordinated physical response in a given situation.


Fine Motor

When children have difficulties with fine motor skills, they struggle to use the smaller movements needed to complete tasks like holding and controlling a pencil or picking up small objects. 


Gross Motor 

Children with gross motor difficulties usually struggle to control the bigger movements using larger muscles. For example, running, rolling over or sitting. 


What do we do at Woodhouse West to support these children?

We work closely with NHS occupational therapists and physiotherapists in order to provide the best provision across school for children with this area of need. These professionals help to train our staff to deliver physio exercises and intervention in class.



Here is some of the support we provide in school for sensory and/or physical needs: 

  • Fine motor in-class support strategies 
  • Smart Moves gross motor intervention
  • Physio individual exercises