Therapy

Therapy sessions

We provide bespoke occupational therapy and physiotherapy sessions for children and young people with sensory motor disorders, which can be provided at Pace, in your child’s principal school setting, or at home.

Therapy sessions can work to promote your child’s attention, motor skills, handwriting, perceptual development, independence, self confidence and self esteem. Therapy can be provided following surgery, for example following selective dorsal rhizotomy.

Goals are set at the beginning of therapy and will involve you, your child and their school. Every child is different. Sometimes we will recommend a block of individual or small group sessions. In some instances we will suggest advice clinics. If we don’t think we can provide the best support for you and your child, we will signpost you to a more appropriate service.

Our therapists use a range of different treatment approaches depending on your child’s needs. Our therapists are trained in sensory integration, Bobath approach, conductive education, post op rehabilitation, postural and mobility management, hydrotherapy and hippotherapy.

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Occupational therapy

Occupational therapists work with children and young people and their families, as well as the child’s carers and teachers, to promote active participation and independence in their ‘occupations’ of daily life. Occupations include sleeping, eating, playing, learning, self care and socialising.

Occupational therapists who work with children are knowledgeable about a child’s sensory, motor, cognitive, emotional and behavioural development and about how to promote the child’s engagement, exploration and skill acquisition.

Occupational therapy includes

Assessment

We assess skills such as ICT, handwriting, use of tools, dressing, ball skills and early academic skills both in the child’s home and in school environments by observing the child’s participation in daily activities. The therapist will include the child, family and teachers when setting occupational therapy goals.

Intervention

We design bespoke therapeutic activities and programmes to improve the child’s ability to perform daily activities and achieve the occupational therapy goals set. We also support the development of differentiated strategies for use by other staff.

Outcome measures are used to review progress, and changes are made to the occupational therapy goals to reflect progress. Help can be provided for signposting to other services that may be appropriate for the child.

Advice

We support and train parents and staff to help them better understand the child’s needs and the help they need to succeed with everyday activities. We provide educational resources and equipment to promote the child’s occupational performance.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists work with children and young people and their families to optimise the child’s physical function. Physiotherapists work to promote active movement, building strength, developing balance skills and maintaining and improving range of movement and flexibility in the joints. They help the child to develop a repertoire of movements to facilitate standing, stepping and walking in different environments. Physiotherapists work to reduce the possibility of contractures, deformities and pain. They are involved in assessments for adaptive equipment such as buggies, wheelchairs, walkers, canes, orthotics and for postural management programmes.

Physiotherapy includes

Assessment

Physiotherapists assess the child’s motor function including gross motor milestones, gait analysis, muscle tone, range of movement and patterns of movement.

Intervention

As part of the transdisciplinary team, Pace physiotherapists design bespoke therapy programmes to improve movement skills and functional mobility including postural management programmes and post surgery rehabilitation programmes.

Advice

Physiotherapists provide support and training for parents, carers and other professionals who work with the child to support them in promoting functional mobility. Physiotherapy intervention reduces the chance of contractures, deformity and pain.

How we deliver therapy

School based:

  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Small groups
  • Whole classes
  • PE and art class support and advice
  • Lunch time and breaktime support and advice
  • School advice and training sessions for teachers
  • Commissioned services

How we deliver therapy

Clinic based:

  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Post operative rehabilitation sessions, for example after selective dorsal rhizotomy
  • Small group sessions, during school or after school hours
  • Parent support sessions

Conductive education

Conductive education is a specialist educational approach rather than a treatment, used with children and young people with sensory motor difficulties such as cerebral palsy.

Conductive education promotes learning in:

  • Gross and fine movement skills
  • Balance
  • Standing
  • Walking
  • Speech
  • Academic skills
  • Self care skills

Conductive Education within the curriculum

Through active participation in daily conductive programmes, which will include movement and mobility, hand skills, self care and play, the child is motivated to learn how to work with their bodies and develop increased independence.

Conductive education typically takes place in a group setting to help interpersonal and social engagement.