Therapy clinic for Children with Special Needs
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Sophia’s House Clinic is based in Bursledon, Hampshire, and offers high quality therapy treatments for children with special needs of any age. In Sophia’s House we inspire and support both children and parents. Our highly qualified therapists can provide a wide range of treatments for children with special needs such as Global Development Delay, Learning Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome and many more. We offer a happy and relaxed environment in which to help your child to reach their full potential.
My name is Aleksandra and I have a five year old daughter Sophia. Sophia was diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay and Autism at two years old. At that time she had very restricted movement and no means of communication. She could only receive limited treatment from the NHS so we decided to go abroad for intensive therapies. In total we spent nine months abroad, where Sophia received ten hours a week of physiotherapy and speech therapy. During this time her progress was substantial, Sophia started to walk and her communication and social interaction was greatly improved. During that period it become obvious that intensive therapies were the only way forward. Sophia has now started school which she enjoys immensely and she is still progressing. She is becoming more verbal, sociable and surprises us every day. We believe that she has improved because of the therapists support, but we also understand that there are many years of therapy to come for Sophia to reach her full personal potential. With Sophia’s House we wanted to provide both the treatments that she needs as well as helping many other children and parents in the same situation.
What we do
About our services
Reflex Locomotion – The fundamentals of Vojta Therapy The therapeutic use of reflex locomotion enables elementary patterns of movement in patients with impaired central nervous systems and locomotor system to be restored once more – at least in part – i.e. they become accessible once more. Reflexlocomotions are activated “reflexogenically”. “Reflex”, in the sense of reflex locomotion, does not refer to the kind of the neuronal regulation, but is rather related to therapeutically applied external stimuli and their predefined and always identical, “automatically” present movement responses. In Vojta Therapy, the therapist administers goal-directed pressure to defined zones on the body in a patient who is in prone, supine or side lying position. In everyone – regardless of age – such stimuli lead automatically and involuntarily, i.e. without actively willed cooperation on the part of the person concerned, to two movement complexes: – Reflex creeping – Reflex roling All motor movements that appear in us in the development of grasping, rolling, crawling, standing up and walking are therefore activated visibly. They are – according to Prof Vojta – also already present in children, in a stage of development, in that children do not yet possess these abilities spontaneously. Through therapeutic use of reflex locomotion, the – involuntary – muscle functions necessary for spontaneous movements in everyday life are activated in the patient, particularly in the spine, but also in the arms and legs, the hands and feet, as well as in the face. Prof Vojta assumed that repeatedly stimulating these “reflex-like” movements lead to something like “freeing a switch” or “new networking” within functionally blocked networks of nerves between the patient’s brain and spinal cord.
The main aim of the treatment is to encourage and increase the child’s ability to move and function in as normal a way as possible. Proper movement cannot be obtained if the child stays in only a few positions and moves in a limited or disordered way. The aim of management is to help the child to change their abnormal postures and movements so that he or she is able to comfortably adapt to the environment and develop a better quality of functional skills.
Sensory Integration explains how our brain takes in information through our senses and organise it so that we are able to respond appropriately to particular situations and environmental demands. It shows the relationship between deficits in interpreting sensory information from the body, environment – experience through touch, movement, body position, vision, smell, taste, sound, the pull of gravity – and difficulties with academic and motor learning. It clarifies the underlaying cause of sensorimotor and learning problems in children in order to determine the optimal mode of intervention.
Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation focuses on stretching and functional movement but it is also much more. PNF techniques help develop muscular strength and endurance, joint stability, mobility, neuromuscular control and coordination, all of which are aimed at improving the overall functional ability of patients.
It is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended effects of other therapies. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, kinesio tape is safe for populations ranging from paediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions.
Trainee Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. Currently studying for a diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Based on the model of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy which is one of the main schools of CBT. CBT is recommended by both NICE and the NHS. REBT looks at the person as a whole. Thus therapy offers a therepeutic structure which helps the patient to achieve long lasting emotional and behavioral change, a universal model that they can continue to apply to all areas of their lives that they may find challenging.
We practice a number of speech and language therapies for a wide range of issues.
We know from our own experience, that every child’s requirements are different. Dependent on the number of therapy sessions, we will work with you to devise a pricing package. We recommend that if you are interested in the services that Sophia’s House can offer your child, please give us a call. You can speak directly with our therapists to learn more about what the therapies entail, discuss the specific requirements of your child and how we may be able to help.
From happy clients
My daughter Katie has a rare chromosome disorder which affects her development and mobility.She is 9 now and has received NHS physio-therapy since she was one year old. This is a great service, but unfortunately sessions are too infrequent to see any real improvement. Sophia’s House can offer a much more intense therapy programme, with multiple sessions a week, allowing new skills to be built upon from one session to the next. As well as additional types of therapy such as NDT Bobath, Vojta and Sensory Integration that are not available on the NHS. Katie is always very excited to come to Sophia’s House, but not always so keen to exercise. She has an amazing therapist who works hard with her, to get the most from each session and to give her the best chance of becoming more mobile in the future. Thank you Sophia’s House!
Our daughter Nina was born with congenital CMV that has badly damaged her brain. She’s spent first 6 weeks of her life in the NICU and ever since we got her home we’ve attended endeless appointments, hospital visits and got many home visits from different professionals. Nevertheless we feel that Sophia’s house has given us (Nina) the best care and treatments. Being brought up outside the UK I’m able to compare the UK NHS care and other European care and, unfortunately, there are huge differences between the systems and their approaches. We couldn’t be happier with the care and professionalism of Sophia’s house. The whole team has looked after us, supported us when we were losing hope, when we were sceptical about Nina’s development or when we weren’t sure whether we can afford the treatment for Nina. They are professionals with big hearts and we’ll be forever grateful for everything they’ve done and are still doing for us and our Nina. Especially to our considerate, gentle, friendly, encouraging and very knowledgeable physio Ola. THANK YOU
Our Son Ethan has severe cerebral palsy and we have been going to Sophia’s House 2 times a week since March.We cannot rate Sophia’s House highly enough! The staff are all so friendly and welcoming and Ola is absolutely amazing and so patient with Ethan. We are seeing great progress and are so pleased that we found out about Sophia’s House!
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02380 405 823
07938 352 434
7 Manor Crescent, Bursledon, Southampton, SO31 8DQ