Speech Pathology - newly added!

Speech Pathology (intensive therapy).

Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology is now available as an adjunct to our Intensive Therapy Programs. If you'd like to know more - please visit our dedicated speech pathology portal.

PLUS adjunct

*Plus* adjunct

Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology

An adjunct with your chosen Intensive Therapy program (one session a week with a Speech Pathologist for 6 weeks).

PRO adjunct

*Pro* adjunct

Speech Pathology

*Pro* adjunct

An adjunct with your chosen Intensive Therapy program (one session a week with a Speech Pathologist and one session a week with a therapy assistant for 6 weeks).

We provide 4 base programs, a custom option and a PITS funded option.

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.

STRIDE

Intensive walk/step training

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)

STRIDE - locomotor training (intensive therapy)

Partial Body Weight Support

Partial Body Weight Support

Partial Body Weight Support

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.

Overground Training

Partial Body Weight Support

Partial Body Weight Support

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 - FES

Partial Body Weight Support

Neuroprosthetics - FES

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.

REACH

Upper Limb Functional Training

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).

REACH - upper limb functional training (intensive therapy).

ACTIVATE

Individualised Task Specific Training

 

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).

ACTIVATE - individualised task specific training (intensive therapy).

KINDY MOVES

Ages 2 - 5

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).

KINDY MOVES - intensive therapy (Telethon funded research project).

Click to view details of the Kindy Moves Research Project!

P.I.T.S funded therapy program

Post Intervention Therapy

Post Intervention Therapy

Post Intervention Therapy

 The Healthy Strides Foundation provides goal directed intensive evidence based therapy

programs that aim to improve quality of life for meaningful participation.

What is it?

Post Intervention Therapy

Post Intervention Therapy

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.

What is the evidence?

Post Intervention Therapy

What programs do we provide?

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.

What programs do we provide?

What programs do we provide?

What programs do we provide?

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.

Number of sessions

What programs do we provide?

Where to from here?

 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.

Where to from here?

What programs do we provide?

Where to from here?

 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 info@healthystridesfoundation.com or call us on (08) 6109 2938.