Who is the course for?
This is a course for physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and doctors who work with children with cerebral palsy or who hope to work in paediatrics in the future.
What and how will you learn?
The course is designed to give course participants an insight into the use of the Bobath concept through demonstrations, discussions and lectures. Because of the introductory nature of this course, there will not be an opportunity for practical handling by course participants.
- To familiarise therapists with the basic concepts that underpin the Bobath approach to treatment.
- To demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of assessment and treatment using the Bobath approach.
- To discuss the implications of an understanding of child development to the treatment of cerebral palsy.
- To identify the features of spastic hypertonus and dyskinesia and demonstrate the treatment of children with these clinical features.
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.
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