Learning to look after yourself

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As young people hit the teenage years it’s natural for them to want greater independence and privacy. Self-management and transition groups can be a great way to help young people learn to do more for themselves in a safe environment.

Teen Academy - a great way to learn new skills

The groups bring older children and young adults together to gain independent living skills. The aims of the groups are to develop confidence and abilities with life skills in a fun and social environment. Groups currently run twice a year at the Bobath Therapy Centre and are aimed at those in either secondary school or college education. The groups tend to be small in number and are limited, due to the number of therapists required to facilitate the mixture of age, sex and abilities.  Parents and carers don't take part as the emphasis is on independence.

Through access to combined physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy the groups work on specific goals. 

What happens at a teen academy?

Everyone who comes to the Teen Academy comes with a goal, or ideas for new skills they’d like to learn. All these goals are combined and turned into an activity for the week. Here are some of the activities from previous years:

Magic Show: An entertaining way to build confidence and strength in fine motor skills. The tricks involved lots of fiddly tasks with the hands!

Fashion Show: Tasks included combing hair, doing zips and visiting a local department store to test new skills getting changed in the limited space of a changing room.

How to apply

If you, or the young person you care for would like to be considered for a place, please contact Bobath Scotland here or call 0141 352 500.

Unfortunately, places are limited and only open to those able to attend the full five days. If you are given a place you will be asked to attend a ‘getting to know you’ session prior to the group to go over your individual needs and goals.

Advice

Enquire are the Scottish advice service, funded by the Scottish Government, for additional support for learning. They offer independent and impartial advice and produce a useful factsheet on ‘Post-school learning advice and information for disabled learners and their families.’

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