Maximise your child’s potential

Maximise your child’s potential
Posted on Wed 15 Nov 2017

Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) provides high-quality services for children and adults who present with a neurological or physical disability and their families, including infants and young children. 

We offer a range of programs and supports designed to assist children in all aspects of their development including movement skills, communication, emotional and social skills and the use of assistive technology.

The early years of your child’s life is a time of rapid learning so getting the right early intervention support is important. 

Our CPA team can also offer guidance with the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) pathway to support you with planning for an NDIS funding package for your child.

“Our holistic approach allows us to deliver high-quality, evidence-based therapies to help babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers reach their goals,” says Lynette Keenan, Senior Occupational Therapist CPA. “We also know these years are challenging for parents, siblings and the extended family so we build rapport with families.”

One of the stress-points many parents face is to navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and CPA can help to navigate the path. 

“We fully support families through the (NDIS) process. Our evidenced-based therapies and highly-skilled therapists are here to ensure that children have the best opportunity to work towards their goals and the family is able to get the maximum benefit from their NDIS package.”

Our therapy staff have access to high quality training and support as well as our world class  Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute. This means that your child will receive the most up to date assessments and interventions to help them reach their potential.

Cerebral palsy and more

CPA offers high quality services to a wide range of people with a neurological or physical disability. This includes infants and young children with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, acquired brain injury, rare genetic syndromes, muscular dystrophy and developmental delay.

Our multi-disciplinary teams include:

  • Early childhood teachers
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Social workers
  • Speech pathologists

“We design our programs around each child’s unique needs,” Lynette says. “Parents of children under the age of six request one-to-one therapy and we can offer that. But we also offer group programs which are motivating and fun and encourage children to communication and interact with others. Groups also provide opportunities for parents to meet each other and share experiences.”
Our current early intervention group offers include:

  • Chatterbox – learning to communicate
  • Early learning group
  • Transition to school group
  • Moving forward group – early movement skills
  • Switch buddies group – learning how to use assistive technology
  • Hanen – it takes two to talk

Experts in Assistive Technology

Lynette is especially proud of our service offer around assistive technology. “I can say without a doubt that we are the experts. If a child requires the use of assistive technology, it often needs to be introduced as early as possible to have the maximum benefit.”

Assistive technology for babies can include items such as a bath seat, a supportive seat for a high chair or a communication device. As the child grows there are an increasing number of options such as seating options, adaptions to strollers, walking and standing frames. This all helps to support their development, play and independence.

Lynette also advocates for getting your child’s condition diagnosed as early as possible. “We can certainly help with some of the specialised assessments to support getting an accurate diagnosis, for example, of cerebral palsy. Getting an early diagnosis can help a family access the right intervention at the right time. We are here to help you and your child reach their potential.”

To find out more about supports go here.

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