Intensive Neurological and Physical Therapy - INPuT

Intensive therapy - children - FUN Frame

Lots of laughs and encouragement in the FUN Frame

Working in the FUN Frame with two therapists makes for a fun session. The occupational therapist works with switch control and iPad games while the physio is working on trunk control and weight bearing

The growing popularity of intensive therapy programs in the USA has been reflected in the number of requests we are receiving to provide bursts of intensive therapy. Over the last six months we have trailed implementing the intensive therapy model, INPuT, in our paediatric rehab gym in Pymble and the results we are seeing are very pleasing to us and parents.

Why intensive therapy?

Research shows that intensive repetition and alignment, in an enriching environment, increases neuroplasticity. The speed at which children reach their goals is accelerated. In one example, a child who had been making slow progress with her head control over the past six months made noticeable improvements after the third session of her intensive program. This enabled her to access switch activated games with greater ease. Another mother told us that she was delighted about the level of happiness her daughter experienced. Parent feedback as a whole reveals that parents experience an enhanced level of confidence in implementing therapeutic activities into the daily routines of their child following the program.

Who can benefit

We assist children with complex conditions such as:

  • cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, stroke and brain injury
  • genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome.

We also help children with developmental delay, who may be falling behind their peers in areas such as:

  • gross and fine motor skills
  • speech and language
  • feeding and swallowing.
What we offer

The INPuT team includes occupational therapists, speech pathologists, massage therapists and hydro therapists. Many different forms of therapy intervention are offered in the program depending on your child’s needs including:

  • Suit Therapy (therasuit, theratogs, second skin)
  • FUN Frame (otherwise known as Spider Cage therapy
  • Enrichment cubby
  • Splinting and casting for hands and feet
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Balance and walking training
  • Sensory integration
  • Mirror therapy
  • Constraint induced hand movement therapy
  • Saebo dynamic hand splints
  • Swallowing and oral motor electrical stimulation therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy – motor planning, memory, problem solving, concentration
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Equipment trials
  • Seating assessments
  • Massage

Our skilled therapists will choose the therapy interventions from this array to best achieve the goals of your child.

How does it work?

Before your first appointment we will ask you to fill in a questionnaire so we get to know your child and your goals.  One of our therapists will then contact you by phone to discuss goals, therapy and session times. This will enable us to customise a program prior to your first visit

The first session will include some baseline assessments so we can track improvement related to your child’s goals. Then the program begins.

We have found best results come from your child receiving two to four hours of therapy a day, fives days a week for two to three weeks. However, the program is completely custom made for your child to suit their needs and stamina and your schedule and budget. We are also able to combine therapies such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy to get the best result for your child, so if your child can only manage an hour or two with us each day we certainly make the most of that time.

At the end of the week a review will be undertaken and the plan confirmed for the following week. At the end of the program we will reassess your child so we can document the progress made and you will have a raft of ideas for home or school that you can take away as part of your child’s maintenance program. This way the whole family can be involved in the program.

How much does it cost?

Because our program is custom made for your child, the cost can vary depending on the number of hours of therapy required. However, they are based on our standard hourly rate which starts at $80 per half hour, with a discount factored in because you are booking a block of therapy. You will be given a costing prior to commencing your program and full payment is required two weeks prior to enable us to prepare and secure your therapy sessions.

Accommodation

INPuT is ideal for country children who may have difficulty accessing services at home. If you are in need of accommodation please just ask and we can assist with some options close by.