Christine Barber, Director, The Bobath Centre
Betty Hutchon, Head Occupational Therapist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
What is it?
The emphasis of this course is to introduce course participants to the Bobath Concept and its practical application with babies from preterm age to 18 months.
Who is it for?
The course is suitable for Bobath and non-Bobath trained physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and paediatricians/ neonatalogists who are currently working with babies and young children. We would recommend that therapists who apply for this course have at least one years current clinical experience with a moderate caseload of babies and young children who have cerebral palsy. There will be clinical practice sessions from the start of the course.
This course will be held at the Bobath Children's Therapy Centre Wales, therapists from Wales who apply before 19th February will be given priority when booking.
To introduce course participants to the role of the neurodevelopmental therapist including assessment and intervention using Bobath concepts, both in NICU with preterm infants and with high risk infants in the first year of life.
By the end of the course the participants will be able to:
- Begin to apply the Bobath concept in early assessment and intervention to include current views on early treatment and management
- Develop better facilitation / handling skills through problem solving
- Demonstrate an understanding of typical and atypical development for preterm and term babies in the first year of life
- Accurately observe behaviour of typically developing babies
- Further develop their observation and analytical skills with children who are at risk of developing atypically
- Demonstrate an understanding of the neurological (general movements) and developmental assessment tools (Bayley and others) / methods available to therapists in NICU (Brazelton and NIDCAP) and early intervention
- Demonstrate an in depth knowledge and understanding of early patterns of brain damage, investigation methods and medical intervention
How will the course be taught?
Clinical workshops and video case studies will form an integral part of the course, with daily treatment sessions and lectures on neurological and developmental assessment.
NEXT COURSE: 15 - 20 October, Bobath Centre, London