WELCOME TO ABR SCOTLAND
The next ABR Assessment & Training clinic will be held in early March 2018. A number of children currently on the programme and some new entrants will be receiving their Annual Assessments or Initial Assessments. Training will be provided for new parents / carers and for all other children continuing on the programme. Parents of those currently on the programme will be contacted automatically in due course.
Currently, we have space for new entrants in March. If you are interested in enrolling your child on the ABR programme please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your case and make a reservation. As is our normal practice new places are awarded on a "first come first served" basis. Reservation is required to participate in any of our clinics.
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE FIRST VISIT?
New entrants will first require to be assessed. This takes around 2 -3 hours during which time numerous photographs of your child in different positions will be taken by our team. These photographs are designed to show you in great detail the nature of your child's difficulties and help you to understand exactly what has to be changed to give your child a better life. Our experienced assessors will go through the photographs with you and you are free to ask whatever questions you wish. They will also ask you about daily routines, breathing, feeding, drugs regime etc before drawing up an individual programme of exercises for your training.
You are free to take your own photographs or video all or part of the assessment. Should you wish a copy of our photographs of your child please remember to bring a portable memory device.
After assessment you will commence training (generally the day after the assessment). This will consist of 2 x 2.5 hours training blocks designed to teach you some basic moves to help you start strengthening your child. These training blocks will generally be "back to back" with a 30 minute break between however, parents may request individual sessions over one or two days if that better suits their arrangements.
ABR Scotland will train up to 3 adults for every patient. You will be shown each exercise by your trainer and then practice the moves on another member of your team and our ABR staff. Only when you have reached an acceptable standard will you be allowed anywhere near your child!
You are free to take photographs or record all or any part of the training.
You will be provided with a list of the exercises you have just learned and also the basic materials required to carry out these exercises at home over the next few months. This list will contain pictures of you actually performing the exercises with your own child, by way of an "aide memoire". Your trainer will discuss the time you should allocate to each exercise with you and make notes on the list to help you. They will also provide you with record sheets to make accurate recording of your work much easier. We will send you a PDF of the record sheets so that you can print your own copies. Please bring the record sheets to the next training session.
After that you are free to go. We will contact you from time to time to make sure that everything is progressing well. Please do not hesitate to make contact with us should you be unsure of what you are supposed to do, if you have a difficulty with any of the exercises, or if there are any questions you many have. We are only a phone call away and always happy to help.
Remember to make contact if your child has any other problem, particularly health, such as a chest infection. You'll be surprised to find out just how useful ABR can be.