Research-backed therapy can improve your child’s fine and gross motor skills

Research-backed therapy can improve your child’s fine and gross motor skills
Posted on 9 months ago

The parents have been impressed by the improvements they have seen in their children, as well as how much the kids enjoyed it.

“HABIT-ILE is grounded in the latest research in neuroplasticity to improve hand skills and gross motor abilities,” explains Prue Golland, Senior Clinical Consultant at Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Advanced research-based therapy

Based on the latest research to come out of Europe, HABIT-ILE is at the forefront of motor learning and neuroplasticity clinical application. It’s been brought to Australia via a team of dedicated practitioners who are trained and backed by Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Clinical Governance team and world-class research institute. Each program is led by a senior therapist.

“Studies carried out in Europe found that children who took part in HABIT-ILE reached their goals and significantly improved their function compared with children who continued with their usual care,” Prue says. “Gains were not only seen during the intervention period but were maintained when assessed three months after the intervention.”

Designed to be fun

HABIT-ILE involves 63 hours of one-on-one therapy, over nine fun-filled days. Children attend the entire program without a parent or carer. They build on their skills to perform everyday tasks and activities using both hands together whilst developing body awareness and control at the same time.

And all of this is delivered using a mix of tabletop activities such as arts and crafts, daily functional tasks such preparing for lunch, along with physical and playful activities using bikes and scooters. Little wonder that the kids have fun.

“Quite frankly, he loved every second of it,” says Richard, the father of eight-year-old Arran. “His comment each morning was, ‘I can’t wait to go to Allambie’. Which to us is music.”

Another parent remarked, “The two-week intensive is like a boot camp. The kids take a quantum leap in boosting their capabilities. It’s very, very good.”

In a nutshell, HABIT-ILE involves:

  • 63 hours of one-on-one therapy with a dedicated practitioner over nine days
  • Three hours pre and post assessments to set objectives and measure outcomes
  • Task and activities set depending on the child’s own interests and goals
  • Group structure to keep children motivated and engaged
  • A celebration barbeque for all the family on the last day and lunch provided throughout.

As Luke, father of Hunter, eight, pointed out, “There’s not a lot of programs like HABIT-ILE on offer in Australia so it’s really great to see it here.”

There will be two HABIT-ILE sessions in January in Sydney open to children aged 6 to 13 with CP level III who can cope in a busy group environment and follow instructions.

HABIT-ILE can be funded in different ways, including your NDIS package. To discuss what will work best for you, phone Cerebral Palsy Alliance on 1300 888 378.

Watch this short video to see the fun and outcomes achieved by recent HABIT-ILE graduates.

To register your interest for the January program or future HABIT-ILE programs go here.  

Thanks to everyone who gave generously during our March fundraising appeal because the wait is over! Kareena’s wheelchair was finally delivered, and in her favourite colour, bright pink!

The Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, announced $2 million in funding for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation (CPARF).

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