A positive way of supporting your child, or managing your own needs, is to have a programme of activities that will help with daily life, linking in with occupational therapy and/or speech and language therapy as needed.
We offer several cerebral palsy therapy plans: intensive blocks of treatment over one or more weeks, regular weekly sessions, and one-off consultations.
In the course of your initial FREE welcome session, we will discuss with you the best course of therapy tailored to you, or your child. The therapy will support where you are now and where you hope to get to.
Our therapy for babies (called EI) is a great way to support your baby’s development in everyday life.
As you or your child grows older, we will be right here to support you, because we adapt our therapies to suit your needs as you face different challenges in life.
Any therapy that you do should aim to improve movement and participation – which is why the Bobath Approach is a good option for those people with neurological conditions.
What is regular therapy?
Regular therapy can be more flexible for families living locally. Treatment follows a plan over several weeks, to gradually see improvements. Therapy like this is most suitable for:
- those who live close to The National Bobath Cerebral Palsy Centre
- those can visit more frequently
What is intensive therapy?
Intensive therapy is our alternative to regular sessions, and it usually takes the form of one or more weeks of concentrated therapy. We offer daily treatment with a combination of therapy as needed by you. This type of therapy is suitable for those who:
- are visiting for the first time
- are in need of intensive therapy
- cannot attend regularly
- travel long distances
Once a block of intensive therapy is completed, we create a programme of suggested activities that you or your child could do at home and a detailed report will be sent to you and any nominated health professionals.
Are there any specialised therapy options?
Additionally, for older children, we offer SDR therapy to support them pre- and post-operatively. The Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) operation is not a cure for cerebral palsy but intends to improve children’s mobility and quality of life. It’s a surgical procedure where nerve roots in the lower spinal cord are selectively disconnected to reduce spasticity (high muscle tone) in leg muscles. Following surgery, it is recommended that children have an intensive block of therapy to support their recovery.SDR FAQs
How much does it cost?
The final cost of the therapy plan will depend on what is needed specifically by you. We appreciate that it’s natural to be concerned about the ongoing cost of therapy and there are funding options available and there is more information about financial help in Our Information Centre.Find out how to fund treatment