Specialist support

Henshaws Therapy, Educational and Sensory Support is an in-house team who offer a wide range of health and support services, providing a one stop shop into adult healthcare. We are experienced in working with young people with a range of disabilities.

Student taking part in physiotherapy session using the parallel bars
Personalised therapies and support

Our team will support you to grow in confidence and independence to get the most out of your time at College. Following a multi-disciplinary team assessment, we will develop an individual programme to help you access the curriculum.

The specialist support services we offer include:

  • Assistive technology
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Therapeutic trampolining
  • Mobility and orientation
  • Visual impairment support.

You can contact our Therapy, Educational and Sensory Support team by calling 01423 886451 or emailing alison.storr@henshaws.org.uk

Physiotherapy

Our flexible physiotherapy and hydrotherapy programmes will help you to improve your flexibility, stamina, co-ordination, body
awareness and health & well-being. Through our therapeutic trampolining programme, you will improve your core strength and balance.

Student preparing food with support of our occupational therapy team

Occupational therapy

Our occupational therapy team will help you to learn new skills for everyday living through adapting your environment, providing specialist equipment and task modification. We will work with you to find solutions to maximise your independence and improve your quality of life.

Speech and language therapy

We will support you to learn how to communicate your individual needs, which will build your confidence and help you to make effective independent choices. We can also teach you to use a specialist communication aid or learn a new system such as Makaton.

Student in a mobility training session

Visual impairment support

Our specialist rehabilitation officers can support you to make the most of your vision. Learn key communication skills such as Braille and Moon, and develop specialist mobility skills to become a safer and more confident traveller.

I help students to understand what is possible and support them to develop a more positive body image. For example, I’ll reassure them ‘your legs can do this, we can improve your balance so you can use the trampoline, or work on your strength so you can walk more safely.’ It’s about re-opening doors that our students originally thought were closed to them."

Lee Dart, Physiotherapist

Assistive technology

We are a a sector-leading Centre for IT, recognised by Ofsted and Natspec (the Association of National Specialist Colleges) for our outstanding work with assistive technologies.

You will have your own assessment to find out the most appropriate method for you to access technology. We’ll then support you to learn those skills to use within College sessions and to transfer them beyond into adult life.

Our assistive technology team are actively developing innovative resources to support you to become more independent through technology.

Visit our ACCESS: Technology site

We also offer outreach services for people of all ages with a range of disabilities, both in the community and at our purpose built facilities in Harrogate.

Download our outreach leaflet

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