Cerebral Palsy Therapy
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
Upcoming visitors mornings:
Date – Tuesday 14th November, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Date – Friday 19th January from 9.30am – 12.30 pm
Please note that sessions can only run when a minimum of 6 people are in attendance.
If you would like to attend one of our upcoming visitors mornings please call us on 0141 352 5000, or visit the events page to register and our Therapy Assistant will be in touch.
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate children at visitors mornings.
For further information regarding any of our courses, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to assist.
As a small charity, fundraising is a vital part of Bobath Scotland. 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 the help of people like you.
Visit our Fundraising and Events pages to find out how you can get involved.