Bobath Therapy for Children

The Bobath Therapy shows significant results in treatment of motor disabilities and sensory and cognitive restrictions.

History and Today

The Bobath Concept was developed from Berta Bobath, Honorable Doctor (physiotherapist, born 1907 in Berlin, deceased 1991 in London) and Dr. Karel Bobath (neurologist/psychiatrist, born 1906 in Berlin, deceased 1991 in London). Both have dedicated many years of their lives to observe and treat atypically developing children and children with cerebral damages. Their extensive experiences and discoveries are the foundation of this therapy, and the continued development of the Bobath Concept is a result of the advanced research of the brain and the experiences of dedicated specialized therapists in particular.

What does it mean for the child and the parents, if the doctor’s orders recommend physical therapy by Bobath or CNS?

Your child is in need for this treatment, because it shows possible developmental delays, or damage of the central nervous system (i.e. cerebral palsy).

It is recommended to attend 1 – 4 therapy sessions per week, depending on the diagnosis and the physician’s orders.

Bobath Therapy is an interdisciplinary therapy concept for a holistic development at the following levels:

Emotional – social

  • Well-being
  • Self-confidence

Body

  • Movement
  • Action, Activity

Cognition

  • Communication
  • Learning

Sensory

  • Curious touch, hearing, vision
  • Feel, taste, smell

Objective: Independence

  • In daily life
  • Playing
  • At school

Of the wide variety of therapies, the Bobath Therapy is the most established therapy, showing the best results treating issues with motor skills, sensory, and cognitive impairments. It is critical to include the individual personality of the child and its familiar environment into the therapy. It is also important that the parents take part in the therapy sessions as much as possible, to reinforce the incorporation of newly acquired activities and motor skills into everyday life. If your child receives additional therapies (i.e. speech therapy, occupational therapy) or visits another institution (i.e. Kindergarten, school, workshop), we recommend close cooperation with these caregivers. Receiving equal support in all areas of life assures the greatest possibility of independence in life for the child.

The main objective of the Bobath Therapy is for the child to acquire independence and self-confidence, and thus self-consciousness. For an infant, this ranges from spinning and crawling to learning to walk. For a disabled child, this means independent moving, eating and social integration.

The Bobath Concept does not provide for standardized exercises. The therapists instead use their intuition and follow the child’s level of development. It is important to keep the child motivated; it should have fun and enjoy the therapy. Therefore we give special emphasis to the child’s interests and preferences. That way the newly acquired skills will establish and apply in the child’s day-to-day life.

The therapy creates opportunities for the child to test itself and improve in all levels:

Cognitive: only age-appropriate toys are offered

Physical: the child will not be protected and will be pushed to its physical limits

Emotional: the child and the parents have the opportunity to talk about anything on their minds

Sensory: the therapist will include texture and materials from the child’s living environment

Complex and intensive work on all levels and in all areas shows verifiable achievements in the child’s development progress.

Corpus Libra | Integrative Medicine and Therapy
Kollwitzstraße 89
10435 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg), Germany
Tel.: +49 30 48496099