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Primary school life

Many children will integrate very well at school, others may have various difficulties from time to time. Common sense and experience will see you through most of these, but we hope this page will help address a few specific difficulties which may crop up.

School ethos and attitudes are also crucially important. The child will find it much easier to cope with both physical and learning difficulties if he or she feels secure and integrated in school life. You can help smooth the child's relations with other children, who will usually accept their classmates' differences if they are explained to them, but may still act insensitively without realising it. If problems arise, discuss them with parents, therapists, and, of course, the child.

Getting around school

Having hemiplegia means having limited use of one arm and hand and possibly poor balance and co-ordination. This can cause difficulties in various areas.


  • opening doors
  • climbing stairs
  • carrying a schoolbag
  • carrying a lunch tray
  • carrying sports equipment


  • help from other children
  • extra time for climbing up / downstairs
  • a one-handed tray

In addition, some children have visuo-spatial problems and may have initial difficulties finding their way around school. Clear signposting of rooms (with teachers' names) will help them.

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