Child and Family Therapy Services

Pace / Child and Family Therapy Services

An individual approach to meeting your child’s needs

We offer expert advice, support, assessment and practical help for babies and children with neurodisabilities such as cerebral palsy and global developmental delay.  Our individual and effectively proven tailored programmes are aimed to meet the specific needs of children where there are concerns with developmental progress or known disabilities.

As well as helping children to achieve their full potential, we equip parents with training, skills and knowledge they need to support their child.

The breadth of expertise in our team means we’re able to make a comprehensive transdisciplinary assessment of your child’s needs. Assessments can include: sensory needs (OT), movement (Physio) skills, communication (SLT), attachment, self-soothing and regulation, feeding, sleep, play and learning skills.

Our teams include specialists in paediatric:

  • occupational therapy
  • physiotherapy
  • speech and language therapy
  • conductive education

Our interventions are multi-faceted, using a wide range of research-based interventions. Our programmes are very much committed to empowering families to set and achieve their own goals.

We can offer intensive blocks of therapy when appropriate.

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Early Intervention

Our Early Intervention Services provides babies, especially those leaving neonatal intensive care units, with the right combination of therapies at the earliest opportunity to give them the best chance in life.  Children do not require a diagnosis to benefit from our services. Our early intervention model (EI3) is designed for infants where there are known developmental concerns or anticipated challenges.

Pace are committed to evidencing the impact of our approach on the immediate, mid and long term outcomes of the children we work with.

Our early intervention services are funded by Garfield Weston, BBC Children in Need , Rank Foundation and the David Family Foundation.

Support during the Pandemic

Pace are proud to offer our specialist services via Teletherapy for children with neurodisabilities or development concerns.

Since the hit of Covid19 our experts have developed a robust and impactful Teletherpay service. This service means that therapist deliver support and therapy via video call.  Our specialists interact with your child and guide you by demonstration using dolls, video and instruction to deliver therapy for their child.

Working with and including parents in our therapy session has always been part of our ethos. This service is no different, for many parents accessing teletherapy provides the support they need in these times.

Thanks to the Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, we are able to offer our specialist virtual sessions for free.*

 

*whilst funds last.

Our Ethos

  • We treat every child individually
  • All sessions include parents or carers in the therapy process.
  • We use a range of different therapy approaches, depending on your child’s needs.
  • Sessions are based on play.

What child and family parents say

“Professionals at Pace have a great knowledge and experience of children with neuromotor disabilities. As a parent it is extremely reassuring to know that our children are in capable hands”.

“Before we found Pace we had ad hoc and reactive support from other health professionals and we felt isolated, lost and we did not feel that we were in a position to help our child the most and give him the greatest chance to progress. Since being involved with Pace we have learnt so many useful tips and techniques, ideas for games that weave therapy into them, had loans of equipment, and we have felt generally supported so that we can carry over their excellent sessions into our daily handling and playing with our child. We have felt less stressed and the pressure has been taken off us a little bit as we know that he is getting really good, consistent therapy and learning input each week”.

“Pace has made a world of difference to my child. She is happier, more content, more vocal and able to express her needs better. This leads to her being happier and therefore more settled. Her mobility skills have been helped immensely; she is now able to use a walker which we never thought possible”.

Real life stories

Cerys

Cerys is 3 years old and has been attending PIPs at Pace for the past 2 years. When she started she was only able to lie on her back and move her arms and legs a bit, her hands were tightened into little fists and she found it hard to coordinate her body with her vision and hearing. Sadly she had sustained severe brain damage following a collapse after birth, a traumatic and life-changing event, not only for her, but also for her parents, wider family and friends.

For the past 2 years Pace has played a strong and consistent part in her and her family's life. She attends weekly 1:1 therapy sessions and also had the opportunity to experience a term of hydrotherapy. She has learned to do a lot of things with her body since starting at Pace – her hands are now relaxed and open, she can roll and push herself up when lying on her stomach. She likes to touch things and is working hard on learning to sit independently (her next big goal). She even managed to learn to swim with the help of a neck float, being ‘free’ and moving independently in the water is very relaxing for her.

The amazing therapy team at Pace have made all this possible. It’s a great organisation that gives so much to so many children and their parents.

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