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Secondary school life

Many students 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 critically important. The student will find it much easier to cope with both physical and learning difficulties if he or she feels secure and integrated in school life.

Ongoing problems can also, of course, be talked through with the student and his or her parents; they have probably been coping with hemiplegia for many years, and may have developed strategies for dealing with most problems.

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 heavy schoolbag
  • carrying sports equipment
  • carrying a lunch tray


  • use of a locker
  • extra time to collect books between classes
  • help from other students

In addition some students have visuo-spatial problems and may have initial difficulties finding their way around school.

Clear signposting of rooms, laboratories, etc. (with teachers' names) will help them.

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