Redbridge SERC

Microcephaly

Description

  • Microcephaly is a medical condition in which the circumference of the head is smaller than normal because the brain has not developed properly or has stopped growing.
  • It is associated with other conditions or occurs on its own.
  • Some children with microcephaly will have normal intelligence and a head that will grow bigger,but many have associated difficulties.
  • There is a wide spectrum of associated difficulties, you will need to ascertain how it affects that particular child and how they impact upon their learning, independence and communication.

Fact sheets

Training / Help

Further advice and support can be obtained from the Outreach Service that is most appropriate.

All pupils with microcephaly present in different ways- please refer to the Outreach Service/Health Professional to support the primary difficulty. At a later date further advice from other services can be obtained.

  • Hatton Outreach
  • Newbridge Outreach
  • SERC
  • Early Years Assessment Service
  • Little Heath Outreach
  • Churchfields Language Unit
  • SALT
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy.
  • Joseph Clark
  • Roding HI Service

Videos

Screenshot for video: Microcephaly awareness

Microcephaly awareness

Video to raise awareness of microcephaly (small head/brain), which is a neurological disorder that is more common than autism. 2 1/2% of the entire population is affected by microcephaly - less …

Screenshot for video: Microcephaly awareness film

Microcephaly awareness film

A short awareness film made by www.childrenwithmicro.org

Screenshot for video: A simple explanation of acquired microcephaly

A simple explanation of acquired microcephaly

Zev Gershon MD explains about; cerebral palsy and acquired microcephaly how microcephaly can cause cerebral Palsy.

Learning Aids

Twinkl Website great resources

Twinkl Website great resources

Available from: Twinkl resources

Highly recommended This is a great site with great clear resources for Literacy, Numeracy, Assessment, Language, Rewards, Visual timetable, Curriculum areas

Illustrations

A collection of Microcephaly images

A collection of Microcephaly images

This link provides a collection of illustrations relating to Microcephaly. http://www.childrenwithmicro.org/ 
Full Size image

Source: http://uk.images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=chr-nectar&sz=all&va=microcephaly

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the educational implications for students who have Microcephaly?
    • Pupils with Microcephaly can present in a very varied way.
    • The difficulties associated with Microcephaly can require various levels of support in different areas.
    • Pupils with microcephaly can present as having very different needs.
    • If asked to support a pupil with microcephaly it is important to collate a 'Pupil Profile' annotating under each key area (motor, communication, learning, strength/weaknesses etc) if the pupil has any needs that require supporting.
    • Once the pupil profile has been established – SENCO / Class teacher / Parents / Outreach Service / Health Professionals can work together to identify specific strategies that will support these needs.

Family Resources

Whizz Kids

Website: 
http://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/
Description

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.

Microcephaly parent support group

Phone: 
01638 552689
Email: 
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Website: 
http://www.microcephaly.co.uk/
Description

A small parent support group re-established in 2002.

It offers support and information, publishes a regular newsletter and is in touch with approximately 300 families.

Net buddy

Website: 
http://www.netbuddy.org.uk/
Description

Net buddy is an award winning site for swapping tips and information for all aspects of supporting children with special needs.

There are 1000's of tips neatly organised on this site.

On the day I looked there was featured resources to help hairwashing/ hair cutting to be less stressful- some great ideas on the whole site.

Outreach Services

Newbridge Outreach Service

Phone: 
0208 503 8773
Email: 
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Website: 
http://www.redbridgeserc.org
Description

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

http://www.newbridge.redbridge.sch.uk/introduction2

  • 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.

Hatton Outreach Service

Phone: 
020 8551 4131
Email: 
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Website: 
http://www.hattonspecialschool.co.uk/
Description

This specialist outreach support and consultancy service provides support for individual pupils in mainstream primary schools.

The outreach service works with pupils who have a range of significant language, social and learning needs.

Some pupils may have a statement of special educational needs, while others will have significant needs and working at school action plus.

Occupational Therapy

Phone: 
020 8924 6111
Website: 
http://www.redbridge.gov.uk/
Description

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