Kids Plus Foundation Plus provides specialist physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology to babies, music therapy to babies, children and young adults with neurological physical disabilities.
Need: Kids Plus has particular expertise supporting children with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood. Its a permanent disability that affects movement and control of muscles. Cerebral Palsy results from damage to the developing brain, usually before birth. In Australia, a child is born with Cerebral Palsy every 15 hours. There is no known cure. The impact on a child is specific to each child and their intervention needs to be individualised. There is strong research evidence for the benefit of early therapeutic intervention both for the infant and for the parents.
Other Developmental Delay Disabilities: Kids Plus is increasingly seeing a broader range of babies and children presenting with non-cerebral palsy symptoms – including those related to prematurity, developmental co-ordination disorder, sensory processing disorder, foetal alcohol spectrum disorder and other learning impairments related to attention and behavioural concerns. Kids Plus has the required capabilities to provide much needed support and guidance to these children and their families. Mounting evidence demonstrates that early and coordinated multidisciplinary care can alter the natural history of such conditions, and in particular reduce disability and improve function. There is also strong evidence that providing early developmental surveillance combined with parental support can also lead to much better mental health outcomes for parents and their infants.
Program: The Kids Plus program sets measurable goals and outcomes specific to each child, these are developed and measured using best practice clinical measurement tools including SMART goals, Goal Attainment Scale goals, Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM), the Measures of Process of Care (MPOC) and other standardised tools. More than 90% of Kids Plus participants improve in their functional tasks. A typical therapy program involves a ten week block of goal orientated therapy.
Kids Plus Therapy Program: . The program is available to young people between 2 -25 years of age. The Kids Plus Therapy program provides multi-disciplinary weekly therapy across block courses. Coinciding the school terms, Kids Plus runs 4 x 10 week block courses each year. Each block course will typically include a combination of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology.
Baby Kids Plus Therapy Program (0-2yrs): The Baby Kids Plus’ Program is a recent early intervention initiative aimed at supporting babies (and their families) at high risk of neuro development delays. The Baby Kids Plus program targets babies that are extremely premature (<29 weeks) and have low birth weight (<1500 grams) and babies with a diagnosed brain injury. The Program involves monthly assessments involving the baby, their family and clinicians.
Kids Plus’ multi-disciplinary clinicians all have post-graduate qualifications and or training in paediatric therapy, specialising in treating babies and young people with cerebral palsy. Kids Plus will support 5 therapists obtain post-graduate qualifications in 2015 through our scholarship program. Kids Plus therapists are widely recognised as experts in their field.
There is strong research evidence showing the benefits that early therapeutic intervention provides both infants and their parents. As a specialist provider of therapeutic paediatric interventions, Kids Plus is committed to translating research knowledge into clinical practice to inform future therapeutic delivery. Kids Plus is currently committed to a number of research projects and has strong working relationships with leading health organisations including;
- Royal Women’s Hospital
- Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
- University Hospital Geelong
NDIS offers a new way of providing community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. The NDIS is a timely development for the disability sector and the broader community.
Kids Plus is a registered service provider for the National Disability Service Agency. Therapy costs are funded by individual NDIA plans and the Better Start program. The balance of costs are covered by Kids Plus fundraising activities and grants from the philanthropic community.
Through a combination of NDIA payments and community fundraising, Kids Plus is able to provide therapy at no direct cost to families.
Neuro-Developmental therapy (NDT/ Bobath) was founded in the 1950s by Dr. & Mrs. Bobath who developed a holistic and functional approach to the treatment of children with cerebral palsy.
Today Bobath/NDT trained therapists work as a team with the child and family, with the focus on identifying the everyday functional areas that a child has difficulty with, analysing why there are difficulties and then planning a variety of intervention strategies to achieve the desired functional outcome.
The intervention strategies are individualised for each child and may include active guidance to help learn a new skill as well as how to practice tasks in everyday settings.
Bobath/NDT helps parents and carers in practical ways on how to assist their child’s daily functioning in the areas of mobility, self-care, play, communication, eating and drinking.