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Physical Difficulties Support Service - PDSS/ Busy Bodies

The aim of the service is to provide support to pupils in mainstream settings and families to enable inclusion of pupils with physical difficulties, and associated learning needs.

Support can be offered in a number of specialist areas that include the following:

  • Busy Bodies programme to develop children's gross and fine motor skills 
  • Transition between mainstream settings
  • Advice on specialist resources equipment and facilities
  • Support, guidance and participation upon the SEND assessment
  • Access to the environment and the curriculum
  • Mobility/physical access
  • Liaise with other agencies, and professionals
  • Touch typing and handwriting assessments and programmes
  • Assessments for gross and fine motor skills
  • Strategies for physical management and personal care
  • Care plan advice and guidance
  • Risk assessment support and guidance
  • Moving and handling advice/training to attend meetings with other agencies
  • Independence, personal self- help and life skills
  • Staff training, basic signing, dyspraxia, hypermobility and handwriting

Who to contact

Contact Name
Anne Ratcliff
Contact Position
Independent Practitioner
Telephone
01538 626020
E-mail
anne@pdssdirect.co.uk
Website
PDSS

Other Details

Costs

Service is Free
No
Details
Service provided on an as and when required basis on an hourly rate.

Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Referral form available on the website.

The service is provided on an as and when required basis on a reasonable hourly rate.

Other notes

I have set independently following the decommissioning of Staffordshire County Councils PDSS, which I was part of for eleven years. I feel this essential role is still, however, very much required and valued by early year's settings, schools, and colleges and the young people and their families. The service is provided on an as and when basis on an reasonable hourly rate. The referral form is available on my website.

Support can be offered in a number of specialist areas that include the following:

  • Busy Bodies programme to develop children's gross and fine motor skills 
  • Transition between mainstream settings
  • Advice on specialist resources equipment and facilities
  • Support, guidance and participation upon the SEND assessment
  • Access to the environment and the curriculum
  • Mobility/physical access
  • Liaise with other agencies, and professionals
  • Touch typing and handwriting assessments and programmes
  • Assessments for gross and fine motor skills
  • Strategies for physical management and personal care
  • Care plan advice and guidance
  • Risk assessment support and guidance
  • Moving and handling advice/training to attend meetings with other agencies
  • Independence, personal self- help and life skills
  • Staff training, basic signing, dyspraxia, hypermobility and handwriting

For more information, please see the website.

Last updated: 04 Dec 2019
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