As the only practicing Targeted Training physiotherapist in the world, Sarah Bew has contributed to the progress and physical development of an impressive number of children.
With most of her early school life spent with a passion for physical activity, Sarah knew that her future career would be something far from a desk job.
“I loved learning about the muscles and knew I wanted a practical job and not sat at a desk. I’m always on the go. I don’t stop,” she said.
With this in mind, as she left school Sarah decided to apply for a three year physiotherapy course at Keele University. Throughout her time at university she completed a number of placements. However it was in her sixth – and final – placement that she discovered The Movement Centre in Oswestry.
Sarah now celebrates 11 years at The Movement Centre and admits that she “hasn’t looked back since.”
Why do you believe that Targeted Training is different to any other kind of physio treatments out there?
“We get to spend plenty of time with the families to offer support and advice at their 8 weekly review
appointments at The Movement Centre, which often last over an hour.”
“The standing frames are taken home and the children can perform the therapy on a daily basis without professional supervision. The therapy is fun for the children and easy for the families to undertake.”
What makes the standing frame that you use so unique?
“The Movement Centre is the only centre that provides Targeted Training Therapy which uses a standing frame to develop movement control in an upright position. Support is given directly beneath where control becomes an issue for the child.”
“As each child makes progress the level of support is lowered so that they can continue to develop movement control. By doing this it mimics the way in which movement control is naturally developed in a young infant; from the head downwards.”
“Children are required to complete a 30 minute active therapy session in their frames on a daily basis, which involves reaching towards their favourite toys and activities.”
What was your most memorable case and what difference did Targeted Training make for that child and their family?
“At the start of this child’s course of Targeted Training Therapy they had very limited head control and could not keep their head in a midline position. This child made excellent progress with their head control which had a big impact on their quality of life as they are now able to communicate their needs and wishes and to interact with others by using eye gaze technology.”
“This child is now able to turn their head and keep a midline position for longer allowing them to watch and learn from the world around them as well as taking part in many activities that they enjoy.”
What is the best part of your job?
“Our children and their families work so hard each and every day in everything they do and I’ve certainly felt very privileged to be a part of that journey.”
“You’re part of that family’s journey. I’m able to help a child achieve as many goals as they can. Seeing a child’s progress over 12 months is absolutely what makes the job worthwhile,” she added.”
What would you say to a family considering Targeted Training?
“Give us a ring, even if you are half interested in our courses, we can discuss your own child’s situation in more depth with you.”