Join the programme
The Footsteps therapy programme is open to children and young adults who are affected by one of the following conditions – cerebral palsy, neurological disorders, genetic disorders, epilepsy, stroke, meningitis, global delays and undiagnosed conditions. We welcome babies to young adults.
To be accepted into the programme, all prospective children are required to have a consultation. During the consultation, which is conducted by one of our therapists, the needs and requirements of the patient are carefully assessed. The consultation takes approximately one hour and includes a physical assessment and designated time in the ‘Spider’. Consultations are conducted at no charge.
Whilst attending a consultation is preferable, we understand that this may be difficult for families living abroad. Therefore, we will accept film footage accompanied by a written description. Please contact the Footsteps Centre to discuss this further; please be aware that in some cases a consultation may still be required.
On acceptance, you will be able to book a three-week session at the Footsteps Centre. Children will have either two or three hours of therapy each day depending on the outcome of the consultation. Therapy sessions include at least one hour in the Spider and one hour on the mat.
The Footsteps Centre provides intensive physical therapy for babies and children up to the age of 18 who are affected by a number of conditions including cerebral palsy, neurological disorders, genetic disorders, epilepsy, stroke, meningitis, global delays and undiagnosed conditions.
Step one: Free consultation
At Footsteps, we offer therapy in three week blocks throughout the year which we believe is the optimum level of therapy for most children. We ask all prospective children to attend the Centre for a one hour free consultation, where a senior therapist will assess the needs and requirements of the child. The consultation will include a physical assessment and designated time in the ‘spider’.
Step two: Attending an intensive therapy session
Depending on the outcome of the consultation, families can book a three-week session at the Footsteps Centre. Children will have either one, two or three hours of therapy each day depending on the age and ability of each child, consisting of a mix of mat and ‘spider’ therapy.
Step three: After the session
Children benefit from a holistic approach to their rehabilitation and the therapists provide guidance and support both during the therapy session and on its completion.
At the end of a three week therapy session, parents are advised on how to maintain the progress of their child between therapy sessions. They are encouraged to take notes or film the exercises with the therapist so the children can continue to achieve their very best at home.
At Footsteps we use a variety of equipment to help with therapy and also to make the sessions fun for the children. We have standard physiotherapy equipment including peanut balls, rollers, treadmills, balls and trampolines. In addition we have the interactive HappyRehab and Treax pads.