What we do
At Bobath Scotland, we provide specialist therapy to those living with cerebral palsy (CP) in Scotland. Founded in 1995, the charity has grown and developed, both in the services that we provide and the number of people we are able to see. We offer support to anyone with a diagnosis of CP, regardless of their age or location, and endeavour to reach as many people as possible here at the centre, online, and in their own communities.
Bobath cerebral palsy therapy is delivered by our team of specialist therapists who come from occupational, speech and language, and physiotherapy backgrounds. Our therapists each have a wealth of experience in their specific discipline whilst being well-versed in specialist Bobath therapy techniques.
During sessions, a team of two, or occasionally three, therapists will work together with parents, carers, teachers, community therapists and anyone else who is involved in supporting the child or adult. By involving the service user’s support system in the therapy sessions, we ensure that treatment is carried over into everyday life.
We also aim to complement local therapy input and co-ordinate therapy aims and management. Therefore, we contact community therapists prior to attendance at Bobath Scotland for a block of therapy, allowing us to establish progress, discuss any concerns and consider these factors when planning therapy aims.
What is Bobath therapy?The main aim of Bobath therapy is to encourage and increase a person’s ability to move and function in as normal a way as possible. More normal movements cannot be obtained if the child stays in a few positions and moves in a limited or disordered way. With the intervention of Bobath therapy we help the person to change their abnormal postures and movements so that they are able to comfortably adapt to the environment and develop a better quality of functional skills. Bobath involves a trans-disciplinary approach that includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy. The basis of the approach is to use specialised techniques to elicit responses that may derive from physical, aural or visual stimuli. These then create a repertoire of movement patterns that enable children to participate in daily activities. Bobath is a holistic approach involving the family, carers, local therapists and teachers who, by attending and participating in the therapy sessions, can continue good practice between treatment blocks.
If you have any questions about what is involved in Bobath therapy, please visit our FAQs. Otherwise, please call us on 0141 352 5000, we’re happy to speak to anyone who has a query about the management of cerebral palsy.
We provide training for health and education professionals and carers. We also hold free visitor mornings for any qualified therapy/medical/educational professionals (or students). The mornings usually involve:
• An introduction to cerebral palsy, the Bobath therapy concept and how we work at Bobath Scotland
• Observing video therapy sessions
• Discussion/questions & answer
Please see our events page for upcoming visitor mornings.
As a small charity, we are heavily reliant on support from the public to fund our therapy services - around 85% of our income comes from supporters and our own fundraising efforts. Whether you attend one of our events or take part in a fundraising challenge, we simply would not be able to help as many individuals with cerebral palsy as we do without you. Visit our fundraising and events pages to find out how you can get involved.
We believe it's important that children and young people attending the therapy centre experience their rights, as determined by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The UNCRC is an international treaty that recognises the human rights of children. It states that a child's interests must be considered when taking a decision that concerns that child, and that children must have their opinions listened to and taken seriously by adults on things that affect them. The UNCRC also recognises that "a mentally or physically disabled child should enjoy a full and decent life, in conditions which ensure dignity, promote self-reliance and facilitate the child's active participation in the community."
If you would like to find out more, there is a link to training resources here