Dates to be announced

Course Leaders:

Christine Barber, Senior Bobath Tutor & Director, The Bobath Centre
Catharina van der Walt, (SLT), Senior Bobath Tutor, Bobath Children's Therapy Centre Wales

Who is it for:

This course is suitable for paediatric Speech and Language Therapists and Physiotherapists who are working with children with cerebral palsy.


To deepen therapists’ understanding of the effects of cerebral palsy on breathing in children who have different presentations and explore how treatment can be adapted to improve aspects of the child’s activity.


  1. Analyse how quality of tone, patterns of movement and secondary changes in the musculo-skeletal system affect the depth and control of breathing of the child with cerebral palsy.
  2. Identify the prerequisites for effective and efficient breathing for various functions.
  3. Discuss the relationship between head and trunk control and the child’s respiratory function (or breathing patterns) in a variety of functional activities.
  4. Demonstrate effective handling skills to improve the breathing patterns in children with cerebral palsy.

How will the course be taught?

This course will have a strong practical element and will include lectures, group work, discussion, practical demonstration and video analysis as well as daily treatment sessions.

Moving and Handling Statement

It is essential to have an awareness of the current safety issues relating to ‘moving and handling’ and where possible a working knowledge of the current legislation.
During practical sessions, it is expected that course participants will be involved in moving and handling for the purposes of the course. This course aims to give participants practical skills which can not be learnt by observation alone. However, it is also important to be aware of health and safety issues and the need for personal risk assessment.

Suitable for: 
Speech and language therapists

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