NAPA Centre – Neurological and Physical Abilitation Centre
In 2016 and 2017 Owen participated in four, three week intensives run by the NAPA Centre. Three were in Melbourne at pop up clinics and one at their permanent clinic in Sydney. Each of those three week intensive was sixty hours of therapy, four hours a day, five days a week, for three weeks – OT, PT, CME and Neurosuit.
The Intensive Model of Therapy (IMOT) is a therapeutic approach to treating children and adults with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders. NAPA therapists utilise the IMOT by treating patients for two to six hours a day, five days a week, for three full weeks. The popularity of the IMOT is spreading throughout the U.S. as patients, therapists, and doctors continue to see the outstanding results.
NAPA recently have opened up a permanent clinic in Sydney which we hope to be able to visit more often and we will also be travelling to their head quarters in Los Angeles in August 2017. All our fundraising initiatives go towards these intensive sessions.
Owen receives his early intervention therapy from the Ability Centre. Previously known as The Centre of Cerebral Palsy, the Ability Centre support people with disability and their families through a range of services, supports and community awareness maintaining a specialty in cerebral palsy. Owen receives physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and hydrotherapy through the Ability Centre. Along with these practical sessions, they also help source suitable equipment for Owen to help in his daily life.
Triston Hunter – Step Ahead Physio
Triston is a private Paediatric Physiotherapist from Step Ahead Therapy Services. Owen sees Triston on a weekly basis at her rooms in Claremont. Triston is been a wonderful therapist and a fabulous sounding board for Owen’s family also. She always provides integral information and is always seeking out what is best for Owen. Triston performs traditional physiotherapy as well as MEDEK techniques.
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Conductive Education – Carson Street School
Carson Street is a school in East Victoria Park where Owen attends the Parent and Child Class twice a week for two hours each day. During these classes Owen’s Mum attends to help and guide him through the program. Conductive Education is a form of education and rehabilitation for individuals with motor disorders.A little more about Conductive EducationConductive Education is a holistic educational system for children and adults with motor difficulties and allied needs, developed by Hungarian Professor Andras Peto at the International Peto Institute, in Budapest, Hungary.Conductive Education views motor disorders as a potential barrier to learning due to the effect such problems can have on a child’s ability to explore and interact with their environment independently and spontaneously. CE teaches students techniques to overcome these barriers by providing opportunities to problem solve.Conductive Education sees the child as a whole, recognising that each area of human development impacts on the next. Although the primary problem may be of a physical nature, cognition, social skills, health, emotional development, perceptual abilities, speech and language may all be involved, therefore these conditions cannot be seen as isolated physical disabilities.
Conductive Education – Ildiko
Ildiko is a private Conductive Education Educator. Owen attends a one on one class with Ildiko once a week where they perform Conductive Education.
Owen has been attending ‘typical’ baby/child swimming lessons since he was 12 weeks old under the program run by Oceanic Water Babies. This is a private program that Owen attends once a week. During the winter we have had to withdraw him due to his tendency to get sick. They are a great program and have been so accepting of Owen’s challenges and have accommodated us in the pool and adjusted activities so Owen can still be included with the other children.
E.L.M. Music Therapy
Emily Mostratos from E.L.M Music Therapy provides professional music therapy services to enhance well-being, health, and functioning. Emily is trained to support individuals in achieving their physical, social, emotional, and developmental goals, and to meet the unique needs of each individual through evidence based practice and research. Owen loves music and sees Emily on a weekly basisWhat is Music Therapy?Music therapy is the intentional use of music by a university trained professional who is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association Inc. Registered music therapists draw on an extensive body of research and are bound by a code of ethics that informs their practice.Music therapists incorporate a range of music making methods within and through a therapeutic relationship. Music therapy is different from music education and entertainment as it focuses on health, functioning and wellbeing
Music therapists are committed to supporting people of any age and ability regardless of musical skill, culture or background.
Registered Music Therapist // 0414 747 625
Feldenkrais – Josipa
We were lucky enough to be introduced to Josipa through another family. Josipa is originally from Croatia but while visiting Perth we were able to see her. We spent a considerable about of time with Josipa and Owen and her grew a very special bond. More detail about our sessions with Josipa can be found in the blog section of our website.
The Feldenkrais Method® facilitates learning through lessons that explore movement, posture, breathing. The fruit of such learning is improved ability in all aspects of life.
The Feldenkrais Method is person-centred and is adapted for individuals and specific populations. As a result, it is beneficial in a wide variety of applications – from Childhood Development to Older Adults, Sport and Performance to Chronic Conditions, Injury Prevention to Rehabilitation. People of all ages can participate, from babies and children through to senior citizens with interests ranging from dancers, musicians and athletes to people seeking to relieve movement difficulties, stiffness or pain, or simply to learn a new way.
The Feldenkrais Method uses the brain’s natural ability to change in response to specific sensory input. This neuroplasticity is central to the effectiveness of the Feldenkrais Method.