Redbridge SERC



  • Hemiplegia means paralysis of half of the body.
  • 'Hemi' means 'half' in Greek.
  • One of the hemispheres of the brain has been damaged, usually before, during or soon after birth.
  • Hemiplegia is as a result of a bleed in the brain; however the origin of the bleed is unknown.
  • Childhood hemiplegia is a relatively common condition; affecting 1 in 1000 children has a degree of hemiplegia.

Fact sheets

Training / Help

Further support and advice can be obtained from:

  • Newbridge Outreach Service
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • SERC


Screenshot for video: Tomcat adapted trikes

Tomcat adapted trikes

Tomcat Trikes in action

Screenshot for video: Colours Wheelchair Hip Hop Dance Crew

Colours Wheelchair Hip Hop Dance Crew

This is a cool video- show it to all students whether or not they use a wheelchair.

Screenshot for video: How to tie your shoelaces

How to tie your shoelaces

How to tie your shoelaces when you have limited use of one hand.

Learning Aids

KNORK- Knife and fork combination

KNORK- Knife and fork combination

Available from: KNORK- Knife and fork combination

Designed as a combination knife and fork Flat section between handle and head for good finger pressure Left or right handed use or single handed use Retail packaging Ideal for camping


Stickman Communication

Stickman Communication

Stickman Communications create brilliantly simple cards to help communicate a variety of conditions/ disabilities. They currently cover; * ASD * Sensory overload * Allergies  * Medical conditions  * Bowel and bladder conditions * Hypermobility and EDS * Migraine * Seizures * POTS /SVT * Visual impairment * Mental Health *…
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • I am teaching a Student with Hemiplegia - who do I need to consider?
    • Encourage pupil to use weaker side in activities, sports and play.
    • Monitor posture- position pupil to face the teacher/ whiteboard.
    • Minimise distraction– position away from door/ aisle.
    • Sit squarely with weaker arm on the table.
    • Sit with feet flat to support posture.
    • Use dycem matting / blu-tac to stop papers, books sliding on table topLoose paper maybe easier than exercise books.
    • Supporting staff member should sit alongside not in front of.
    • Provide squared paper in Maths—easier to line up columns.
  • Can a student with Hemiplegia have difficulties with visual perception?

    Difficulties with Visual Perceptual skills is a relatively common difficulty associated with Hemiplegia.

    Hemihelp have produced a very helpful leaflet that is free to download.

    Follow the link and under the 'Associated problems' section you will find a leaflet titled ' What you see- Visual perceptual difficutlies in hemiplegia'.

  • Are there associated behavioural difficutlies associated with Hemiplegia?

    HemiHelp have produced a leaflet that is free to download.
    Follow the link and scroll down to 'Associated problems' and you fill find a leaflets titled

    • Emotional and behavioural difficutlies in children with Hemiplegia
    • Copying with behaviour problems

Family Resources

Whizz Kids


Whizz-Kidz is a charity aiming to provide disabled children and young customised mobility equipment, training, advice and life skills.

This Charity provides equipment to children that is not available on the NHS. They also run Wheelchair training courses/ Mobility centres in Dagenham and Havering.

HemiHelp Helpline

0845 123 2372
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The HemiHelp Helpline is available 10am – 1pm Monday to Friday during school term time. 

You can leave an answerphone message any time or have a look at their frequently asked questions section.

What is the helpline?

  • It is a confidential service
  • It is available to anybody with a query about hemiplegia – from parents/carers of children with hemiplegia, adults with hemiplegia to professionals supporting a person with hemiplegia (OT’s physio’s, educational support)
  • It is run by a team of trained parents who have a child with hemiplegia and one of our helpliners is an adult with hemiplegia

HemiHelp Family based information leaflets


The following leaflets are free to download:

  • What is hemiplegia?
  • Hemihelp services
  • Family and friends
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Equipment
  • Dressing
  • Shoe lacing
  • Computers and ICT
  • Getting active- how to access a new sport or hobby
  • Cycling
  • Music
  • Driving
  • Benefit advice
  • Grants and funding