A consultation with our team will determine the suitability for a custom program. Please see below for information pertaining to PITS funded intensive therapy sessions.
The Healthy Strides Foundation provide intensive therapy, walk/step training programs (known as Locomotor Training) for children and young adults with neurological conditions and injuries. Our therapists are credentialed ensuring clinical competency in the various and specific aspects of the training.
The program is delivered by rehabilitation specialists with extensive experience in the delivery of this intervention. The program follows a specific sequence of progression but remains individualised for each participant. Based on clinical assessment and judgement of the physiotherapist, approaches in locomotor training may include the below:
STRIDE - locomotor training (intensive therapy)
This describes the use of a body weight suspension device that is placed over a treadmill. This enables the participant to focus on steps with the assistance from the rehab team (this method requires 2-3 therapists).
The progression of this program to overground walk training is based on new advances in research where it is now understood that the spinal cord can contribute to standing and stepping.
The adaptation to the paediatric population is based on our work in the research program iStride which was funded by Telethon and the WA Government.
This is an important component of translating skills from the treadmill into real life environments. Some participants may need a walking frame to support this.
The team at Healthy Strides have extensive experience in walking frame prescription and set up to suit each individual.
Participants will have the opportunity to extensively practice walking in the frame thereby ensuring that it is the right type and fit. This helps in knowing which frame is more suited for the individual.
Neuroprosthetics are devices that are placed on the body that can deliver Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES). FES describes a technique where electrical impulses are delivered to the muscles at a specific time to allow a task to be completed e.g. lift the toes up when taking a step.
The rehab team at Healthy Strides are experienced in this technique having contributed to the body of research in this area through several published studies which was supported by the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. Our research has shown that FES improves muscle strength, muscle volume (size), motor control, community mobility and walking skills as well as in reducing spasticity.
Through intensive, repetitive, specific task oriented movements, upper limb function can be improved. Incorporating technology through the use of sensors and computer games, therapy is engaging. This enables the opportunity for high repetition, self-initiated intensive upper limb training.
This evidence based approach aims to improve individually identified upper limb functional goals and is an ideal adjunct following upper limb interventions such as botulinum toxin injections.
REACH - upper limb functional training (intensive therapy).
Learning or relearning skills that are needed for everyday activities is an important focus area to promote independence and participation. These skills can range from floor mobility to sitting or standing balance and standing transfers.
To learn or relearn these skills takes practice and a period of intensive training. Our Activate Program aims to address this essential need and is based on principles of neuroplasticity and motor learning.
The program utilises a range of therapeutic methods to facilitate learning. This may include targeted and task specific strengthening and functional electrical stimulation. Importantly, each program is individualised and goal focused.
ACTIVATE - individualised task specific training (intensive therapy).
It is now understood that encouraging early movement is important to optimise future functional outcomes. Our KINDY MOVES program is delivered intensely with a multi-disciplinary approach.
Each program is conducted in small groups to promote socialising and play. However, embedded within this, are individualised sessions that utilise treatment approaches such as functional electrical stimulation, locomotor training and early mobility movement skills.
KINDY MOVES - intensive therapy (Telethon funded research project).
The Healthy Strides Foundation provides goal directed intensive evidence based therapy
programs that aim to improve quality of life for meaningful participation.
PITS is a goal directed intensive therapy program that is provided following an intervention at the Perth
Children’s Hospital (for example: post botox/orthopaedic surgery/iRehab).
The Healthy Strides team can provide a focused upper limb or lower limb program.
Research has shown that focused and specific therapy delivered in intensive blocks can
improve functional upper and lower limb skills, especially directly after medical interventions
such as botulinum toxin (Botox) injections and upper and lower limb surgery.
Our upper limb and lower limb programs utilise the latest technology that promotes and
encourages independent movement. The use of equipment can include the Tyromotion Pablo,
Functional Electrical Stimulation, standing and walking frames.
Healthy Strides will provide a minimum of 2 sessions per week for a number of weeks
determined by PITS funding. Each session is provided by a therapist and is 50 minutes in
duration. A progress report will also be provided to your consultant outlining the goals, therapy
provided and outcome from your child’s individualised sessions.
You can find more information at our website www.healthystridesfoundation.com.au
To commence your PITS sessions, simply inform the Cerebral Palsy Liaison Officer or the
iRehab team that you would like your PITS sessions with The Healthy Strides Foundation.
You can then email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on (08) 6109 2938.