Redbridge SERC

Congenital Myopathy


The term myopathy is derived from the Greek and it means muscle disorder.

Myo = muscle

Pathy= disease

The congenital myopathies are a group of conditions which cause weakness and wasting of the muscles. In general symptoms are present at birth but may not be recognised until later on in childhood or even in adult life.

Congenital refers to the onset of the myopathy and means from birth.

Normal muscles consist of two types of muscle fibres (type 1 and type 2) and these fibres in young children are roughly the same size. In congenital fibre type disproportion; the type 1 fibres are smaller than type 2.

Fact sheets

Training / Help

Contact the following services for help and support;

  • Newbridge Outreach Service
  • Physio
  • Occupational therapy
  • SERC


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Tomcat adapted trikes

Tomcat Trikes in action

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Stretches for students in a wheelchair before PE

A variety of stretches for beginner wheelchair basketball players, but could be usd with students who are in a wheelchair. Always ensure you seek advice for student's physiotherapist if you …

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Congenital Myopathy -overview

There are a series of short video's providing an overview of Congenital Myopathies.

Learning Aids

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Congenital Myopathies- what are the observable features?

    The degree of muscle weakness is variable, and generally involves muscles of the trunk and limbs and those with proximal involvement eg shoulders and thighs.

    Symptoms vary, however the following can be observed;

    • recurrent chest infections
    • drooping eye lids
    • dribbling
    • swallowing difficulties
    • weakness in trunk / limbs

    Children can be shorter than their peers, and over time develop curvature of the spine.

    Hearing, vision and intelligence are normally unaffected.

  • How is congenital myopathy treated?
    • Physiotherapy is the main form of support. The main aim is to keep the muscles as active as possible to prevent the formation of 'contractures' (muscle tendon tightness causing restriction in the range of joint movement).
    • Good seating and sitting position helps to prevent scoliosis (curvature of the spine).


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.

Contact a family


A UK wide charity providing advice, information and support to parents of all disabled children. 

Outreach Services

Newbridge Outreach Service

0208 503 8773
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Newbridge Outreach Service provides support to pupils with a range of learning, medical and physical difficulties.

  • physical disability
  • physical disability with associated learning/communication difficulties
  • dyspraxia and related specific learning difficulties
  • perceptual difficulties
  • fine and gross motor skill development
  • difficulties with handwriting and alternative forms of recording.

Support is provided by

  • providing assessments
  • setting targets for learning / writing individual programmes
  • modify curriculum content and delivery
  • identify and use specialist resources
  • helping to provide support and advice to parents
  • delivering INSET for all staff, other agencies and parents

Request for support should come from the school the pupil is attending or another Agency involved.

Occupational Therapy

020 8924 6111

The Occupational Therapy Team are now based at Redbridge Child Development Centre (0 -19yrs), previously known as The Kenwood Centre in Barkingside.


0208 503 8773
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Age range of pupils they support: 4- 19 yrs

Students they support:

  • SERC completes individual assessments for pupils who have complex needs or specific physical disability ( see SERC criteria form on home page)
  • SERC are happy to offer wider advice to support whole school SEN Inclusive ICT provision.
  • Training and support is free to all Redbridge Schools.

Range of support offered:

  • This centre based at Newbridge School, provides advice and support in the use of Information Technology with pupils who have special educational needs or a physical/ sensory disability.
  • S.E.R.C provides individual assessments of ICT needs of individual needs of pupils with SEN, in both mainstream and special schools.
  • Training for teachers and support staff who work with pupils with SEN.
  • Support and advice to parents/ carers of children who have SEN.

Address:                         S.E.R.C, Newbridge School, 258 Barley Lane, Ilford, Essex, IG38XS