The Transition into Adulthood for Young People with Cerebral Palsy

Lindsey Hopkinson is a paediatric physiotherapist who works with children and young adults from birth to 18 years. In this blog post, she describes her main areas of focus when assessing and treating any young adult with cerebral palsy, to ensure they are working towards a transition to adult services:

“One of the most important things I assess is a young adult’s mobility and accessibility of the community. For instance, accessing public transport such as buses, trains, and escalators and mobilising up and down curbs. If applicable, part of my job will involve signposting the young person to driving for the disabled services. I will review all walking and wheelchair equipment and I’ll also ensure that new colleges, universities or work placements are assessed in terms of accessibility and seating as well as checking the evacuation procedure in an emergency. I will also link with the local NHS and social services adult teams sending detailed reports and information, as well as attend meetings to ensure optimal transition to adult local services or private adult therapy teams if applicable.

The other side of my assessment will be to ensure the young person has reached their maximal potential with all activities of daily living such as cooking, bathing, and dressing. If a young person’s maximum potential has not been reached, I ensure that treatment and assessments occur with suitable healthcare professionals such as occupational therapists to optimise the young person’s independence.

I will also link with community sport teams as well as devise a gym and physiotherapy programme so young person can maintain a good level of physical strength. If a referral to an adult orthotics service is applicable, I will also ensure that this has been signposted to the young adult.

The focus when assessing and treating a young adult with cerebral palsy is much more geared to their future, independence, and access to community resources and transition to adult services. It also relies upon clear communication between the multi-disciplinary team working with the young person. “

Here at Physiocomestoyou Ltd we understand the importance of a multidisciplinary team of therapists working together. We therefore have Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists working closely with us. We can arrange an appointment for any of our experienced therapists to visit your home, school, workplace, nursing home or hotel. Contact us today on 0207 884 0374 or email us at info@physiocomestoyou.com.

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