As an independent charitable provider, we have a responsibility to ensure the transparency of our work. Medical, social and educational professionals involved with our children and families are assured that the Brainwave Programme consists of exercises in current mainstream practice carried out by trained staff from the professions of physiotherapy, psychology and education.
As an independent organisation, Brainwave has the advantage of being able to unite the disciplines into taking a fully integrated approach towards a child’s development.
Brainwave helps children, between the ages of 6 months to 12 years, who have a brain injury, genetic condition or developmental delay.
The Brainwave Programme, based on the conventions of neuroplasticity, aims to develop the maximum potential of each child. In taking an integrated approach to a child’s physical and cognitive development we also aim to enhance a child’s social skills and emotional well-being.
The main principles incorporated to improve motor performance are to encourage patterns of normal movement, inhibit abnormal movement patterns and reduce the effect of increased muscle tone.
Where specific areas are identified (vision, hearing, speech, comprehension, sequencing problems, poor concentration span, socialisation etc) children will be provided with special cognitive techniques. These are designed into a structured and manageable series so the combination of physical and cognitive exercises complement one another.
As we believe the family home is where children respond best with the people whose love and care is unparalleled, our therapists teach parents how to carry out each exercise, in what order, for how long, and why. Parents are provided with a written and visual record of each exercise to take home and their manual and DVD is refreshed at each four – six month reassessment. Each programme is designed to be carried out over a 30 minute period and no family is asked to spend more than 10 hours carrying out therapy in any one week.
All equipment required for the programme, such as rolls, wedges and vestibular boards, is despatched to the family home on their departure from the centre, at no cost to the family.
Brainwave provides two full days for an initial assessment in which families are encouraged to discuss their particular situation with the assigned team of therapists in the relaxed environment of our centres. These discussions are previously informed by the medical information received from the Consultant, GP and other mainstream providers nominated by the family and we encourage close co-operation with all parties involved in the child’s development.
We listen carefully to family experiences and situations during discussions and guidance is provided on how to establish a successful programme, taking into account the need for structured time, and the organisation of help where needed.
Our therapy team is constantly available to families via phone calls and email, and our team of Family Facilitators provide ongoing local support to families. The Family Facilitators provide a listening ear, assist in sourcing volunteer help, and continually research up-to-date local and national helpful information to families with a child with disabilities.
Brainwave has three Centres (see below) and runs satellite clinics in Scotland and, from May 2016, in London, to ensure that families from all over the UK can receive help.