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Which Therapy?

Early identification and intervention are critical to how well children with brain injury develop. Although damage to the brain cannot be repaired, early intensive treatment can create new pathways to help teach speech and movement. The earlier treatment is started, the better the result.

We offer information, and financial support for treatments. Our network includes government and private health services and health professionals throughout the ACT and region.

Finding the best therapies and treatments for your child can be quite hit and miss, and can involve trialing a number of different treatments. Try not to get frustrated by this process, as there will be a combination of therapies and treatments that will get the best possible outcomes for your child.  Every person is different, and so a therapy that works well for one person, may not have the same impact for another.  At FBIC we recommend trialing a combination of mainstream, as well as emerging therapies and treatments.

To get the best possible outcomes for your child, your child will need at least three hours of therapy a day. This can be a mix of professional therapy and therapeutic activities you do with your child as part of your daily routine.

It is important to find the right therapists, experienced in working with people with brain injury and who are the right fit for your child and you.

Programs and treatments supported by FBIC

Advanced BioMechanical Rehabilitation (ABR) is a therapy specifically aimed at children and young adults with brain injury. ABR’s focus is working at correcting distortions in the musculoskeletal system, which helps facilitate the development and recovery of motor functions. ABR facilitates this through a hands-on method of manual application of pressure to the individual’s body.
For more information visit Advanced BioMechanical Rehabilitation

Botox treatment is used to reduce the level of spasticity in arms and legs. It is conducted by specialist doctors at major hospitals. Sydney is the closest centre for this treatment. Botox works by weakening the selected muscles for several months, which gives the surrounding muscles the opportunity to build up and strengthen. Botox treatment programs are most effective when used with appropriate exercise and rehabilitation programs.
More information is available from the Cerebral Palsy factsheet (Sydney Children’s Hospital)

Chiropractic treatment is based on the theory that the body has the ability to be able to regulate and heal itself, with the brain, spinal cord and the body’s nerves controlling this process. When the body is well maintained under the nervous system, it is able to function more easily and will be more resistant to ill health and disease.
For more information visit Chiropractors’ Association of Australia

Hydrotherapy uses the healing power of water to assist in active recovery, helps to improve overall health and mobility, stimulate the immune system, improve digestion and circulation, encourage blood flow, as well as other beneficial outcomes. Hydrotherapy is able to do this by utilising the body’s reaction to heat and cold, the impact of prolonged exposure to heat, the sensation of water on the body, and the pressure of the water on the body.
For more information visit Natural Therapy Pages

Naturopathy is a therapeutic technique based on the principle that the body has the ability to heal itself. The core focus of this technique is to approach each person as an individual, and focusing the treatment on their entire body, not just the part of their body where they are having difficulties. Some of the techniques used include: • Herbal medicines • Nutritional advice • Soft tissue manipulation, and a range of other techniques.
For more information visit Australian Natural Therapists Association

Occupational Therapy is aimed at enabling individuals to be able to participate in everyday activities, ranging from being able to hold a fork, to being able to walk independently. Occupational Therapists work with individuals and groups to help them do the things they want to do, need to do, and are expected to do. They use a range of methods, including making changes to the person’s environment, providing them with assistive technology, and providing useful strategies for doing the things they need to do. This can include working on strategies to improve necessary skills, such as working on fine motor skills, gross motor skills and core strength involved in being able to throw a ball. It can also include providing equipment to help your child, such as a hand splint. They can also make modifications to improve your environment, for example so that anyone in a wheelchair will be able to use the bathroom unassisted.
For more information visit Occupational Therapy Australia

Osteopathy is a gentle hands-on approach focusing on the relationship between the body’s structures, and the way the whole bodily system functions. Osteopaths focus on the relationship between your muscles, nerves, circulation, joints and skeleton, and how they all work together, to be able to maximise your overall health and wellbeing.
For more information visit Osteopathy Australia

Physiotherapists assess and provide treatment to increase individual mobility, to reduce stiffness and pain, and to help overcome movement disorders. Physiotherapists work with your child to help develop new motor skill functions, to help improve your child’s existing abilities and functions, and to facilitate your child engaging in various physical activities. Physiotherapists develop exercise programs for your child and use techniques including massage, hydrotherapy and joint mobilization.
For more information visit Australian Physiotherapy Association

Speech therapists work with individuals who have difficulty with speech, eating, drinking and swallowing. Some of the strategies used by speech pathologists include developing different ways in which your child can communicate and be understood, helping reduce problems with reflux, giving you and your child strategies to use for eating and swallowing food, and many more.
For more information visit Pathology Australia