Therapy is the key treatment for cerebral palsy and is critical in helping children to reach their potential.
Providing therapy using the Bobath concept is at the heart of what we do at Cerebral Palsy Scotland. Our team of specialist therapists have built up many years of experience working together with children with cerebral palsy and their families.
We’re ambitious for every single person that comes to Cerebral Palsy Scotland, and our values guide our approach to therapy. Achieving goals set out in therapy – big or small – can unlock new opportunities for your child to thrive through building their physical skills and mental wellbeing.
About our individual therapy sessions
Our therapy sessions focus on working together with a child and their family to try and solve the physical things they’re finding challenging day-to-day because of their cerebral palsy. That might be moving, balance, playing, dressing, eating or communicating.
Because no two people experience cerebral palsy in the same way, our sessions are always tailored and personalised to your child and their individual needs.
Firstly, we spend time getting to know you and your child. Then together we will agree a set of therapy goals to work on during sessions.
Play is absolutely central to our approach, and sessions are always filled with toys, games, stories and fun. Our therapists find out about your child’s interests and favourite things to do and build these into the therapy. We also have a huge range of specialist equipment we can use in sessions.
Who is involved in sessions?
Alongside your child, parents and carers play a really important part in therapy. Parents are fully included and our aim is for you to develop skills and knowledge that will help you support your child day-to-day when you’re at home.
There can be more than one therapist at each session – a combination of physiotherapist, occupational therapist, and speech and language therapist – depending on your child’s needs, your therapy goals and the areas you would like help to improve.
We will invite your child’s local team to join in some of the therapy sessions too. This could include your NHS community therapists and nursery or school staff.
Our aim is always to complement local therapy input and to work together with your community team to co-ordinate and support therapy aims and management.
Families are welcome to bring siblings, grandparents and any other family members involved in your child’s care to sessions too.
Once you’ve finished your therapy here, our team will provide a follow-up report containing a summary of all the things you’ve practiced in sessions, so you can continue to make progress at home.