Bodyweight Supported Treadmill Training (BWSTT)

BWSTT is a one-on-one service that aims to improve your walking skills and fitness.

Dates and Locations

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Weekly On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 am - 5:00 pmAll age groups
Prairiewood Marconi centre
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Weekly On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 am - 5:00 pmAll age groups
Allambie Heights centre
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Weekly On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:00 am - 5:00 pmAll age groups
Penshurst centre
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08/07/2024 - 19/07/2024 - All age groups
30/09/2024 - 11/10/2024 - All age groups

Bodyweight supported treadmill training (BWSTT) is an intensive program designed to improve walking speed, walking endurance, and gross motor skills for children and adults with cerebral palsy who have a Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) Level II-IV.  

During BWSTT, the body weight of the client is unloaded by a counter-weight harness system (ceiling hoist and sling or LiteGait) placed over a treadmill. The legs are advanced actively by the client, with the manual assistance of a therapist or family/caregiver.

Additional cues (eg. verbal, tactile) are also provided to elicit active change during BWSTT. Sessions also involve the practice of walking on the ground with or without a walking aid to ensure the transfer of walking skills to the usual environment or setting. 

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What does it involve?

A session consists of:

  • Approximately 30 minutes of treadmill training with body weight support
  • Approximately 15 minutes of overground walking practice with or without walking aid
What are the outcomes?
Who is the program for?
  • Children and adults of all ages with cerebral palsy and similar conditions
  • Participants with GMFCS level II-IV
  • Participants with walking, fitness and physical activity goals

Register your interest today!

Contact us directly or complete the form below to enquire.

This service is available at

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Allambie Heights centre

Allambie Heights centre

187 Allambie Rd, Allambie Heights NSW 2100
ask@cerebralpalsy.org.au
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Cerebral Palsy Alliance Penshurst centre

Penshurst centre

469 Forest Rd, Penshurst NSW 2222
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Cerebral Palsy Alliance Marconi centre

Prairiewood Marconi centre

224-244 Restwell Rd, Prairiewood NSW 2176
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Cerebral Palsy Alliance Ryde centre

Ryde centre

3A Smalls Rd, Ryde NSW 2112
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This service can be funded by your NDIS package

  • Capacity Building - Improved Daily Living (Category 15)
  • Capacity Building - Improved Health and Wellbeing (Category 12)

Suitable age groups

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Enquiry form

We will respond as soon as possible, between Monday-Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Frequently asked questions

Infants 12 months or younger are eligible if they have the following:

  • Clinical history indicating risk for cerebral palsy


Risk factors include (but not limited to) prematurity, birth defects, genetic conditions, intrauterine growth restriction, hypoxia-ischaemia, seizures, neonatal stroke, infection

  • Abnormal neuroimaging-MRI or Cranial Ultrasound (CUS) indicative of possible motor impairment
  • Motor dysfunction

 

This might include abnormal General Movements, very low scores on standardised assessment (e.g. below 10th percentile on AIMS), poor head control after 3 months, hand asymmetry after 4 months, not able to take weight through feet after 5 months, not sitting at 9 months.

Priority will be given to infants who have not previously seen a neurologist.