Parents & Families

Targeted Training is a specialist form of therapy. It can help children with Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome and other problems affecting movement control, gain functional skills and independence. If you think that your child could benefit from a course of Targeted Training, our team will be able to help support you through the process.

How can my child be referred for therapy?

In the first instance it is best to make contact with us via telephone, email or through our website. You can have an initial discussion with a member of our team. They will be able to talk to you about whether or not Targeted Training might be of benefit.

The referral process can vary from case to case. Children can be referred to The Movement Centre in the following ways:

  • Self-referred by a parent or carer (if you wish to explore NHS funding you will require a clinical referral at a later date)
  • Referred by a healthcare professional (for example your child’s Consultant, GP, or Physiotherapists)

In many cases we are able to invite you for an initial assessment to assess your child’s suitability for Targeted Training.

If your child has a community-based physiotherapist then it can be helpful to discuss the referral with them.

Please note that the length of time between initial referral and appointment can vary. This is dependent on the method of referral and funding available.

Can Targeted Training work alongside Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy?

We can work with children who are suitable for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), both pre and post-operation. Pre-operative Targeted Training can help child to gain as much trunk control as possible prior to the operation so that they can take maximum advantage of the benefits of SDR. Post-operative Targeted Training can help give a focused daily therapy to ensure they achieve improved strength and control.

If you have any queries about a course of Targeted Training for your child please contact us to find out more.