We believe that every child and young person at Dame Hannahs should be able to experience life to the fullest and that our therapy teams are crucial in enabling this to happen. Our multi-disciplinary team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists work alongside our nurses, education team, care teams and parents to ensure that every part of a child or young person's life is as good as it can be so they are able to reach their full potential.

The professionals within our therapy teams are specialists in physical disability and complex needs and are permanent members of staff. This means that every child and young person at Dame Hannahs has their very own multi-disciplinary team who get to know them well and can work together to ensure they are providing the best care possible for them.

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    We believe that physiotherapy is crucial to a child or young person's life here at Hannahs and all the elements such as posture, comfort and fine motor skills must be in place for a young person to access life and be able to live it to the fullest.

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    Speech and language Therapy

    Young people with physical disabilities and sensory disabilities are often unable to express themselves fully using speech. At Hannahs, the speech and language therapy department help young people realise their expressive potential by providing them with augmentative and alternative means of communication (AAC).

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    Occupational therapy

    Occupational therapy is an essential part of Hannahs multi-disciplinary approach and involves the therapist working with the child, young person or adult to develop independence in daily living skills, from eating, drinking, bathing, sleep systems and toilet seating to operating lights. Our young people are continually assessed and therapy is individually tailored to their needs.

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    Eating and drinking service

    At Hannahs we believe everyone has the right to enjoy mealtimes in a safe, sociable and relaxed manner. The Hannahs Dysphagia team incorporates speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and nurses. We provide assessments, therapy and written guidelines to ensure our young people are supported to achieve their potential at mealtimes, building on skills, whilst reducing the risk of choking or aspiration.

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    Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) Service

    Hannahs has a specialist Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) Assessment service covering Cornwall and Devon. The term ‘Alternative and Augmentative Communication’ (AAC) refers to the use of various means of communication which can replace or support speech. These include a wide range of systems from complex PC based communication aids with synthesised voices (high technology aids), to simple technology aids which may contain only a few spoken messages, to books and boards (low technology) which a person with a disability may access via a finger point or by using their eyes.

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