The Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Steve Biko Academic Hospital is held
every Wednesday and Friday morning. Children, 12 years and under, with
eg. cerebral palsy or spina bifida attends the clinic. It is staffed
by a multidisciplinary team, which includes physiotherapists, occupational
therapists, speech therapists, a dietician, a social work and a paediatrician.
The children and their caregivers attend the clinic once a month. All
members of the team assess the child and a home programme is planned in
collaboration with the caregiver. The team give advice about assistive
devices, such as wheelchairs, orthotics and walking aids, and the caregivers
are helped where possible to obtain these.
The caregivers / parents are encouraged as far as possible to become advocates
for their children. They are given information about resources within the
community eg. crèches, schools, support groups and how to apply
for care dependency grants.