Frequently Asked Questions

For Parents

Answer all of your questions

Who are we?

Papatoetoe South School is the specialist service provider for Manukau City, Papakura and Franklin Districts. The service is comprised of experienced paediatric physiotherapists and occupational therapists. The therapists itinerate to local schools to assess students, plan, and provide specific therapy programmes.

What is our role?

Our aim is to provide quality therapy services for school age students whose primary disability is of a physical nature. For these students their physical disability impacts on their ability to access their school environment and is a barrier to educational participation and learning. Programmes are provided and nominated school staff (and parents where possible) are assisted to carry out the programme, under guidance and review from the prescribing therapist(s). On occasions, a therapist might work with a student for a predetermined number of sessions. Wherever appropriate, this will be within the classroom or where the student is learning.

How is eligibility determined?

In order to access therapy services from the Manukau Physical Disability Service, schools must be within the Manukau City, Papakura or Franklin Districts.

Eligible students will:

  • primarily have a physical disability
  • have difficulty manipulating class tools and materials, particularly impacting on handwriting
  • have difficulty accessing the school curriculum e.g. PE, technology
  • have difficulty with self management e.g. toileting, eating, dressing
  • require adaptations to access learning materials and tools, and positioning for learning and participation.

Therapy services from this contract are NOT for:

  • speech language therapy
  • students verified on the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS)
  • students under 6 years of age and not attending school.

What services are available?

Experienced physiotherapists and occupational therapists itinerate to local schools to assess tamariki, plan and provide specific therapy programmes. Tamariki may need support to experience success with manipulating class tools and materials, independent self management e.g. toileting, eating, dressing or may require adaptations to access learning materials and tools and/or positioning for learning and participation. Detailed programmes are created by the therapists and they work with tamariki, whānau, teachers and learning assistants to ensure that therapy programmes are implemented and reviewed.

This will be linked to the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) and acknowledges the teacher as the centre of the student’s learning programme. Services will be provided during school hours and within the student’s own school environment.

The contract does NOT provide funding for teacher aide support or for consumables.

Students access to this service is by application from their school.

How do I access the service?

Students’ access to this service is by application from their school. The Ministry of Education Physical Disability Service application form can be found on the Resources page and is to be signed by the student’s Principal. Completed application forms are to be forwarded to:

Ann Yearbury
Papatoetoe South School
58S Milan Road
Papatoetoe
Auckland 2025
Ph: 09 278 5231 extn 858
Email: ayearbury@papatoetoe-south.school.nz

What is the cost?

The Ministry of Education funds the service. There is no cost to our whānau.

How does the agency provide for people of different cultures?

The Specialist Service Standards have been developed through a process that reflects the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi with focus on partnership, protection and participation. They also align with the New Zealand Disability Strategy and support the concept of a non-disabling society. Within our school the service is delivered through our strategic objectives of Whakamana, Whakawhanaungatanga and Whakareri. The linchpin of the service is inclusion.

For Educators

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Who can receive this support?

Students can receive this service if they have a physical disability that prevents them from participating and learning. Students might have difficulties with mobility and/or hand movement. They might have specialised equipment to help them walk, write and perform tasks requiring fine-motor skills. Their physical disability is the primary reason why they need extra support.

What services and support are available in Māori-medium education?

Children and young people with special education needs in Māori-medium early learning centres and schools are eligible for the same level of specialist services and support from the Ministry that they would receive in English-medium education.

How do we apply to the service for a student?

Your school can apply in consultation with the student’s parent(s). Application forms are available on the Resources page or from the Ministry of Education website (put ‘physical disability service’ in the search) or contact the Special Education team. Your school will usually have someone who works with parent(s), such as a Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO) or the Deputy Principal.

Completed application forms are to be forwarded to:

Ann Yearbury
Papatoetoe South School
58S Milan Road
Papatoetoe
Auckland 2025
Ph: 09 278 5231 extn 858
Email: ayearbury@papatoetoe-south.school.nz

What the Physical Disability Service does not cover...

  • Support for students who are under six and are not at school. In this case students might be able to get occupational and/or physiotherapy services through the health service
  • Support for students already getting help through the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS)
  • funding for a teacher aide or ‘consumables’ (small equipment items)
  • speech-language therapy – other funding is available for this, see Ministry of Education information sheet ‘The Communication Service’

If your student’s disability is the result of an accident they might be able to get support from the Physical Disability Service if they’re not already getting occupational therapy or physiotherapy through the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). ACC and the Ministry of Education might work together to provide support.

What happens after a student has been approved for support?

A therapist from the Physical Disability Service will arrange to visit your school to see your student and to meet their teacher and the parent(s). They will carry out a thorough assessment based on the information provided in the application and on information provided by you and the family/whānau. They will negotiate a Service Agreement that identifies goals and priorities for intervention, any resources needed, timeframes and the responsibilities of those involved.

What is an Individual Education Plan (IEP)?

All students receiving the Physical Disability Service will have an IEP.

Your school will work together with the family/whānau and Special Education to develop, implement and monitor your student’s IEP.

You can find a copy of the IEP Guidelines on the Ministry of Education website including examples of several students with different needs and what their IEPs look like.

What support is available through the service?

Depending on your student’s needs, they might receive support from an occupational therapist and/or a physiotherapist. Therapists will work with everyone involved to decide what approach will best meet the needs of your student and develop strategies to support them. This might include training and ideas about how to make learning more accessible.

The therapist might also make recommendations if equipment or areas of your school need to be changed so that your student can join in and learn alongside the rest of their class and take part in school events.

Can a student access both education and health specialists?

The work of education and health specialists often overlaps. Your student might be able to receive support from both services as they have a different focus. Therapists will work together to meet your student’s needs.

Who funds teacher aide support, should this be required?

The Physical Disability Service does not pay for teacher aide support. However, when your school applies for this service you agree to support the programme the therapist(s) suggests. This might see your school using its Special Education Grant to pay for teacher aide support if this is considered appropriate. You might also be able to apply for teacher aide support through the Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) cluster.

What other support is available if a student isn't accepted for this service?

You can consider other options through your school, such as your Special Education Grant that you can use to support children with special education needs. You can spend this in a variety of ways, including on resources, teacher training and teacher aide time, and on individual students or groups of students.

You might also make a referral to Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) who are employed by groups of schools. RTLB are trained teachers who work with children experiencing learning or behaviour difficulties. They can work with teachers, giving them special training, or they can work with individual children or groups of children.

If your student has a sever physical disability, or several disabilities, it might be better to apply to the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS), see the Ministry of Education information sheet ‘The Ongoing Resourcing Scheme’.

How long will the support continue?

Your student will be given support from the Physical Disability Service for an agreed time. This will have been negotiated with the parent(s) and the school and recorded in the Service Agreement.

The therapist will review your student’s progress and will discuss this with you and their parent(s) to decide if their support needs to continue.

Your school can re-apply for support if the parent(s) and teachers feel your student needs further support or if their situation changes, for example, if they move classes or schools, or if they have a significant physical change.

When re-applying you will only need to provide information about what has changed or is new since the last application.

What should I do if I need more information?

If you’re unclear about any part of the service or have questions about the help your student receives, please talk with staff at your local Special Education office, or call the Special Education information line on 0800 622 222.

You can get more detailed special education information on Te Kete Ipurangi a website that provides educational material for teachers and schools www.tki.org.nz.

 

For further information:

Local Contact
Papatoetoe South School
Ph: 09 278 5231

National Contact
http://www.minedu.govt.nz/NZEducation/EducationPolicies/SpecialEducation/Services