Duration: 5-Day Course
Course Dates: 26-30 May 2014
Venue: Morinomiya Hospital, Osaka, Japan
Course Leader: Jean-Pierre Maes MSCP Senior Bobath-NDT Tutor
Course Participant’s Criteria:
Participants must be Paediatric Bobath Trained Therapists (Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists) or medical Doctors and who have successfully completed an 8-Week Basic Bobath Foundation Course (minimum of 240 hours). These Bobath Therapists should ideally have two years experience in treating children with Cerebral Palsy after the completion of their Bobath Foundation Course.
The Local Course Organiser is: Japan Bobath Association and Asian Bobath Pediatric Instructor Association http://www.abpia.asia/E_index.html
Course Aims & Objectives
Aims: To further develop Bobath Trained therapists’ ability to analyse and recognise patterns of coordination frequently seen in children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neurological conditions and become more effective and precise at identifying main problems. To develop participants’ expertise in clinical reasoning and advance their handling skills when assessing and treating children with neurodevelopmental conditions. To refine participants’ treatment approach to allow them to widen their treatment repertoire and become more skilled with their handling.
Objectives: By the end of the course, participants should be able to:
- Identify and analyse movement limitations and their short and long-term consequences for the child’s development and functional limitation.
- Identify and differentiate main problems from secondary problems and compensatory strategies.
- Explain the main coordination difficulties commonly seen in children with different classifications of cerebral palsy (spastic hypertonia, dyskinesia, ataxia and cerebral palsy associated with severe prematurity) and the type of compensation strategies each of these classifications commonly develop in order to compensate for these coordination difficulties.
- Demonstrate the ability to adapt their handling depending on the specific main problems identified.
- Facilitate active participation from the child during functional activities
- Demonstrate handling ability to address fine motor and gross motor problems simultaneously.
- Demonstrate how to modify the position of the child in relation to gravity, how to modify his base of support and how to change the environment (including using specific material or equipment) to achieve facilitation specific patterns of activity.
- Demonstrate the ability to design and implement several therapeutic activities that would address a specific problem.