A typical day at the Intensive Paediatric Therapy Program
- Warm up stretching range of movement
- Tone reduction and proprioceptive techniques
- Inhibition of abnormal movement patterns
- Develop active and functional movement patterns
- Progressive resistance exercises
- Closed/Open distal balance control, coordination and endurance training
- Transfers, functional activities and gait training
- Occupational Therapy and/or Speech Pathology sessions as required
Who is a Candidate?
- Children 18 months and older
- Children with neurological conditions including Cerebral Palsy, developmental delay, traumatic brain injury, stroke, muscle tone disorders, spinal cord injury, Spina Bifida, etc.
- Children with sensory processing disorders
- Children with genetic disorders including Down Syndrome
- Children in need of post-op rehabilitation such as post tendon releases, botox, Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR, Single Event Multilevel Surgery (SEMLs), etc.
Available places are determined by booking confirmations for the sessions on a first come first served basis. We feel that 3 week sessions are the optimal length but we are sensitive to families’ obligations and children’s needs so we endeavour to include flexibility by offering sessions of differing durations. All Therapies for Kids Intensive Therapy is delivered in the state of the art Gym and in individual therapy rooms (as required) at the Therapies for Kids premises in Sydney, Australia.
Within these session durations we offer a choice between 2, 3 and 4 hours per day. You will need to choose and nominate your required daily number of sessions (which will be dependant upon your child’s age, stamina and concentration ability) at the time of confirming your booking.
WORK!! This is the key component of the Therapies for Kids Intensive Paediatric Therapy Program. It has been our experience that children who participate in this program may initially respond with some resistance (i.e. crying and fussing). We monitor the child’s response closely and adjust the progression of the program accordingly, but we have found this to be difficult for some families. If this is the case, we may request that you leave the room for a period of time in order to help your child work through this stage.
In the last week of Therapies for Kids Intensive Paediatric Therapy Program, the caregiver is required to be available to attend each of the final five sessions to receive instruction on a tailored home program for your child as research has shown that children continue to progress with a home program and regular post-intensive therapy to support their intensive blocks.