The Cerebral Palsy Clinic
The Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Steve Biko Academic Hospital is held every Wednesday and Friday morning. Children, 12 years and under, with neurological problems 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 pediatrician.
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.