Learning to look after yourself
As young people hit the teenage years it’s natural for them to want greater independence and privacy. Self-management and transition groups such as the Teen Academy run by Bobath Scotland 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 aim of the groups is 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 careers 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.
To apply, contact Bobath Scotland, or call 0141 352 500.
Getting the help you need when you leave school
A great many of the specialist services available are aimed at helping children with CP. When you turn 18 you may find that some of these specialist services are no longer available to you. As you prepare for the transition into adulthood it’s best to be prepared. Seek out local adult services available in your area. Find out about your mobility rights and additional financial support available for therapy and equipment.
Seek out the support you need and it will help you stay fit and well throughout adulthood.
Independent Advocacy for Children & Young People
Partners in Advocacy is a free Independent Advocacy service which helps children and young people have thier voice heard and thier views taken into account when adults and professionals are making decisions about thier lives.