School Booster

School Booster

FFinin has managed to walk between parallel bars and has learnt to kneel unaided for 20 seconds, which is a step towards weight-bearing. In combination, these are the skills that will, in time, allow him to walk independently.

Eduard is a confident walker but struggled to stop without falling. He has now mastered this, which will help him in aeduard crowd and improve his ability to cope and thrive at school,


Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition that can significantly limit a child’s activities and independence. The primary symptoms of cerebral palsy are problems with movement, co-ordination and development. It can result in children being significantly delayed in reaching, or unable to reach key developmental milestones, such as rolling over, sitting, crawling, standing, walking independently, or grasping objects.

They may experience: muscle tone that is tight and stiff causing a decreased range of movement and muscle spasms, or decreased muscle tone leading to ‘floppiness’; weak limbs; fidgety, jerky or clumsy movements; random, uncontrolled movements; and tremors. Many other issues can also be associated with cerebral palsy, including: problems with speech and communication; feeding and swallowing difficulties; learning difficulties, epileptic seizures; urinary incontinence and vision or hearing impairment.

Pain is a frequent consequence for these children of many of the impairments associated with their condition. As a result, the effects of cerebral palsy can severely affect all areas of a child’s life. Children with cerebral palsy can struggle to interact with their environment, develop meaningful independence, form relationships with others, or participate fully in education.

A dedicated School Booster group currently runs morning and afternoon on one day per week during term time, and some children of school age also attend as part of other sessions during the week. Children attending the School Booster group are 5-13 years old. This service provides continuity and is designed to meet the needs of school-aged children who have a dual placement attending a mainstream or special needs school as well as The Rainbow Centre. This also enables the family and all professionals involved in the children’s development to work collaboratively towards the aims set in the children’s Education, Health and Care Plans.

We provide a comprehensive School Booster programme that is appropriate to the age and stage (ability and needs) of each child and leads to the development of physical, social-emotional and self-care skills as well as communication and intellectual abilities. Our School Booster service provides complex programmes that harness the neuro-plasticity of children’s developing brains in order to allow children with cerebral palsy to:

  • Become active and responsive learners;
  • Learn to move as independently as possible;
  • Become more active in social engagement;
  • Develop their communication skills;
  • Discover the joy of learning through play and interaction;
  • Gain more control over their movements;
  • Engage fully in the normal activities of childhood, rather than become a passive observer.


Sessions are structured via a programme/daily routine – a timetable of activities which reflect an integrated system of learning. This is carefully planned and highly structured with a focus on meeting goals and challenging children’s learning. The programme is complex in the way it is designed, but simple for the children to understand. This allows the learning within the programme to be integrated into every part of their day. It provides them with a learning environment that is relevant to them with clear pathways to achievement, and rich in fun and opportunities to practice the skills they have learnt.


The learning environment is critical to the success of skill development. The programme/sessions are structured, supportive, and designed to: maintain interest, motivate, reinforce learning, provide opportunities for praise, and support and challenge all children no matter what their level of development. The world is brought to the children, and they are able to access various experiences through carefully planned activities.


Direct costs  
Service Manager (Children’s Service) £3,252
Conductor in Charge £4,809
Conductor & assistant £5,105
Service Secretary £1,071
Total £14,237
Support Costs  
Training, equipment, maintenance £370
Snacks for the children and resources for food-based activities £101
Administration Costs £626
Session Room Costs (including utilities etc) £1,286
Total £2,383
Total Project Cost £16,620