The Movement Centre - For Children with Movement Control Problems

As a solicitor who acts regularly for children who suffer from Cerebral Palsy and movement control problems, I was recently delighted to discover the work of The Movement Centre in Oswestry. This is a small national independent charity based in the grounds of the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital.


The team at The Movement Centre

Established by Dr Penny Butler

The Centre was established in 1996 by Dr Penny Butler who developed a unique and successful treatment strategy for children with movement and postural difficulties called Targeted Training Physiotherapy. Dr Butler collaborated with Biomechanical Engineer, Richard Major and developed equipment to implement the Targeted Training.

Training takes approximately nine months and focuses on developing functional skills required for head control, sitting, crawling, kneeling, standing, and, for some children walking. It provides a permanent positive impact and gives children with movement control problems a chance to lead a more independent and fulfilling life.

Referred By Paediatric Consultant or GP

Children are usually referred to the centre by their Paediatric Consultant or GP. The therapists at the centre assess the child’s problems and train the family on how to provide the targeted therapy with the equipment, and the families are then able to take this equipment home and work with the child on a daily basis.

Every eight weeks they come back to the centre for further training and monitoring. The children enjoy this therapy as not only does it develop their control and independence, but it gives them special time with their Mum or Dad.

I was extremely impressed to see the work from this organisation and will be recommending my clients to the Centre.

Potential Value Could be Enormous

If this therapy could be rolled out across the country the potential value could be enormous, not only to the children and families concerned, but also in decreasing the level of care and equipment as a result of the children becoming more independent.