Transition to School
Entering school is an exciting time for both children and parents. However, for some families this can be a worrying time.
Transition to school programmes are focused on:
- Children commencing school
- Children changing schools
- Children already at school requiring assistance
The goal of the programme is to:
- Implement an achievable programme for a smooth transition to school with appropriate management of the child’s continence issue
- Modify and upgrade the programme as the child’s and schools requirements change
- Provide education to those involved in the care of the child
- Provide education to the school and school community.
The programme requires in clinic appointments which involve:
- A thorough assessment of the condition, medical history and current health, including diet and fluid intake, exercise levels and mobility, current medication use, and any other factors that could affect bladder and bowel function
- Understanding of the school situation
- Assessment of bladder and bowel function. Please note: internal assessments are not conducted on children. Real time ultrasound is often used instead.
- Setting of achievable goals for the child, their family and school
- Treatment may include changes to lifestyle, bladder and bowel habits, avoidance of straining, sensory training, alterations to bed routines, education on toileting and dietary changes.