Bobath therapy is as individual as each child, so the first thing we do is spend time getting to know you. We ask lots of questions, listen to your concerns and find out what you and your child want to achieve.
We then look closely at your child's movement. Not just if they move, but the quality of movement based on our experience. We look for the specific reasons preventing your child doing what they want to do and identify other issues you may be unaware of. Your therapist may ask a colleague to assist e.g. your physio may bring in an occupational therapist to improve small tasks and develop fine motor skills. Similarly, a speech therapist can help if the muscles that form words are affected.
Parent/carer involvement is an essential part of the therapy process and you will be involved throughout. This gives you plenty of time to discuss particular issues and ask questions.
Working this way, we create a 360-degree treatment plan for your child that addresses all their needs together. This can include:
- e.g. To reduce or increase muscle tone, improve mobility in joints, control posture
- Occupational therapy
- e.g. to help with tasks that improve independence such as getting dressed, holding a pencil
- Speech & Language therapy
- e.g. to develop ways of communicating and helping with eating and drinking
Play forms an important part of Bobath therapy. Sessions are fun and our therapy rooms are full with toys and books. For children with severe conditions we have specialist software e.g. Eyegaze technology that allows them to communicate independently and make their own choices.
Family/carers sit in on each therapy session so that you learn techniques and strategies. This allows progress to continue at home. Our therapists can also give you practical advice on adapted equipment and mobility aids.
We invite members from your local therapy team to sit in on sessions and provide them with a full report at the end of your stay.
The Bobath Centre is unique and changed our lives for the better