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Ta physio help

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by kay_8, Feb 7, 2017.

  1. kay_8

    kay_8 New commenter

    Hello
    I started my new TA job on Monday. The job was advertised as a standard TA role. When I was in the interview they said their was a child who had some additional needs and needed help sometimes going toilet and help to get from A to B. I emphasise the sometimes as I was told the role was a classroom TA not SEND TA.
    I received my hours a week after getting the job titled SEN TA. I didn't read into it very much.
    I started yesterday to find I am basically 1-2-1 with one child who needs physio for 40 mins a day. I have been watching another TA give this physio to the child and I must admit I am anxious and worried to do it as the child finds it very sore and stressful. Should I be given specialist training to carry out physio?
    Also the child has 4 different wheel chairs including a standing moulder chairr, gaters, stirrups and a sitting chair that she is changed to and from every hour (ish).
    I feel the child is not getting the right care as apparently the last TA who looked after her left and her legs are not doing so well as the physio was not being carried out properly and nor was her speech and language therapy ( speech and language is another thing I am going to be given paper work on when they find it).
    I desperately want to do a good job and the child is amazing... takes everything in their stride but I feel like I have been thrown in at the deep end and worry I will not know everything.
    I also was supposed to shadow someone this week but the class teacher went home sick yesterday on my first day and the school is apparently understaffed so the person I should have shadowed had to go somewhere else. Day 2 and I was left alone with the child apart from when physio was given.
    Am I over reacting or is this wrong?
    I also feel like my guard is up as the Other TA said on my first day when I said I thought I was a general TA and what I was told at interview that I had been stitched up- great.
     
  2. snugglepot

    snugglepot Occasional commenter

    Ask for the Physio to come in. The Physio should show you not another TA as how do you know they are carrying out the exercises correctly.
    You do seem to have been thrown in the deep end. Not unusual though. Get to grips with it and you will probably find it very rewarding.
    It was a bit unprofessional not to tell you at the interview and let you meet the child. You don't have to continue but it might be worth giving it a go until Easter and see if you like it.
     
  3. mrmatt73

    mrmatt73 Occasional commenter

    You should also be provided with moving and handling training by the school. This may be a legal requirement (but you may want to check with a Union) to protect both yourself from injury and the school to protect themselves from any claims by you if you get injured.
     

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