Types of PNI Equipment

The Physical and Neurological (PNI) service at Essex County Council provides different equipment for children or young people with a physical and neurological impairment where appropriate.  This can support physical and social access in their school or setting.


Technology can help children and young people to communicate so they can take part and become more independent.

Anything other than speech is called Alternative/Augmentative Communication (AAC). This might be:

  • gesture
  • signing
  • symbols
  • communication boards and books
  • voice output communication aids (VOCAs)

Eye-gaze technology

Eye gaze is a way of accessing your computer or communication aid using your eyes.

If your child has a communication need, your child’s school or setting should contact the Speech and Language Therapy service in the first instance.

Physical access

Equipment is used to support physical access and can include the following:

  • standing frames
  • hoists
  • slings
  • changing benches
  • portable ramps
  • height adjustable tables
  • writing slopes
  • toileting aids

Contact details

If your child has an equipment need and attends a mainstream school or setting, your child’s SENCo should contact the Physical and Neurological Impairment Specialist Teaching team: education.psi@essex.gov.uk.