Course Leaders:

Christine Barber, Centre Director, The Bobath Centre
Dr Betty Hutchon, Head Occupational Therapist,  Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

What is it?

This is both a practical and theoretical course with an emphasis on introducing participants to the latest evidence based approaches in early assessment and early intervention and the practical application with babies from preterm age to 18 months.

Who is it for?

The course is suitable for all those therapists working in early neurodevelopment, ie physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists (Bobath and non-Bobath trained) and paediatricians/ neonatalogists who are currently working with babies and young children. We recommend that therapists who apply for this course have at least one years current clinical experience with babies and young children who present with motor concerns. There will be clinical practice sessions from the start of the course. 

Course Aims

To introduce course participants to the role of the neurodevelopmental therapist in assessment and intervention using Bobath concepts and the EI SMART approach, 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:

  • Understand and recognise all the components necessary to implement effective early interventions and assessments using both the Bobath concept and the EI SMART approach.
  • Begin to apply the latest evidence based theories in early assessment and intervention to include current views on early treatment and management.
  • Develop better faciliation / handling skills through problem solving in order to promote self-generated motor activities in the young child.
  • Understand the importance and impact of motor development on cognition and other areas of development.
  • Demonstrate and 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.
Timings:  Monday – Friday:  09.00 – 17.00   Saturday: 09.00 – 14.00 (full attendance required).

Suitable for: 
Occupational therapists
Speech and language therapists

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Fabulous course, I think this is the most I have learnt on a course!

Daily workshops brilliant, thank you for a wonderful week!

I feel more confident with my handling and have new ideas for treatment and the theory behind it

Above and beyond my expectations!

Excellent informative lectures and hands on practical sessions

Thank you for this course, I gained a new perspective of treating children