Craighalbert Centre
1 Craighalbert Way
Cumbernauld
Scotland
G68 0LS

Craighalbert Centre

SCCMI's Programmes and Services

The challenges encountered by those affected by cerebral palsy and other neurological impairments are not static, with the maturing individual and changing societal environments continuing to test their ability to engage with increasingly complex situations. All programmes and services are therefore designed to reflect the ability, age and developmental stage of children/young people and the nature of programmes is kept under continuous review to ensure these remain appropriate for Scotland’s population of children/young people affected by cerebral palsy and related conditions. 

SCCMI offers 3 main programmes with each programme having a different emphasis, but all address the child/young person’s movement abilities, life skills and communication abilities and educational requirements where appropriate. The major programmes which are offered are summarised.

Early Intervention Programme

The Early Intervention Programme addresses the needs of children between birth and 5 years (0 - 3 years and 3 - 5 years) across the range of disability severity and complexity spectra, attending with parents and incorporating assessment, therapeutic intervention, cognitive development and education. The programme is structured flexibly to enable children from all parts of Scotland to attend.

The programme addresses all aspects of the child's development, but has an emphasis on developing the child’s movement abilities and postural control, with a focus on establishing posture, developing balance and movement control in order to establish skills that can be applied for play, learning and the child’s later life. The programme includes therapeutic elements which encourage the child to learn through engaging with his/her immediate environment, an ability which is fundamental to all aspects of early learning, thus laying the foundations for future development. The programme also incorporates parent/child interaction encouraging parents' awareness of how to promote functional movement patterns and to understand the appropriateness of correct positioning of their child throughout the day and night. 

The main element of the programme is physiotherapy, provided by a Highly Specialised Physiotherapist, with speech and language therapy and occupational therapy also being offered as appropriate. The programme incorporates child assessment, therapeutic intervention and instruction for the parents. 

A key and unique characteristic of the programme is the parent involvement through what is termed ‘Parent Mediated intervention’ which, under the direct guidance of therapists, provides parents with the opportunity to contribute to their child’s therapy. The programme also provides parents with information, advice, guidance and time to ask questions related to their child’s condition and progress.

What the Parents Say About the Early Intervention Programme

How has SCCMI helped my son? Having a belief in children – improving their life chances - hope for every child achieving their best -achieving the full potential of all children - total communication and education - my child can now play with toys. (Mother of MG)

It's really been the best thing we've done for him. Since M has attended the Centre he has become more confident, more content, and more willing to interact and participate in physio exercises. The staff’s knowledge, patience and understanding has really helped us as parents to gain confidence and teach us new techniques and ideas to work with M and make it more fun for all of us. Now we arrive at the centre he smiles from ear to ear, and really enjoys his sessions! We also really enjoy meeting other families and sharing experiences. (Mother of MD)

Nursery, Primary and Early Secondary Classes

The Nursery and Primary classes address the needs of children between the ages 3 - 14 years who are affected by cerebral palsy and related conditions and who have a wide range of severity and complexity disability levels. Children’s educational and therapeutic needs are addressed with SCCMI assuming local authority education and the majority of NHS therapy roles. Children attending these classes generally reside within a 45 minutes travel from the Craighalbert Centre. 

Pupils attend the Nursery, Primary and Early Secondary Classes with the aim of developing their cognitive, physical, functional and communication abilities through a balanced and integrated educational and therapeutic programme. SCCMI has an extremely high staff pupil ration with children being placed in small groups for all learning and therapy activities with frequent one-to-one sessions as appropriate to focus on individual needs. 

Pupils are educated through engaging with the Centre’s curriculum, although this has a considerable degree of individual differentiation to ensure each child’s programme is focused on their individual abilities and needs. For children attending this programme, SCCMI provides educational, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy requirement, therefore taking on the role of the local authority in terms of education and the NHS in terms of these therapy provisions.

The child’s educational and therapy needs are met by a teacher in each group, a Highly Specialised Physiotherapist, Highly Specialised Occupational Therapists and a Highly Specialised Speech and Language Therapist who are all dedicated to these classes all day, supported by experienced Early Years Practitioners and Support Staff.

What the Parents Say About the Nursery, Primary and Early Secondary Classes

I really couldn’t imagine any other place for my daughter to attend school. The space of the classrooms and the outdoor grounds are fantastic, knowing that there are physios, OTs and SLTs on hand every day is such an important factor in P’s development. She loves being active and challenged and SCCMI provides this for her. Her favourite activity is swimming and having the hydrotherapy pool on site is such a bonus to her and the children who attend. The staff are very friendly and always looking out for the children’s best interests and there is a good communication between home and school. I wish she could attend every day for life! (Mother of PS)

Going to the Centre is one of the best decisions we have made for B. We, as a family, are constantly supported. B has come on in leaps and bounds since he started the Centre and the staff are fantastic with all the children, they are always kept busy with lots of different activities. (Mother of BM)

The Centre has supported him in learning ways to adapt and develop so that he lives life to the full. It has also allowed my son to have a peer support group where he can discuss his disability in an open way and be supported, not just by the staff but by his friends. It has also allowed us as parents to have our own support network which has been invaluable, not just through the fantastic staff but also through the wonderful parents we have been on our journey with at the Centre. (Mother of MD)

Access to Education Programme

The Access to Education Programme is designed for children/young people affected by cerebral palsy and related conditions who are between the ages of 3 and 19 years and who are at the ‘more able’ and ‘less complex’ aspects of the disability spectra. The programme aims to facilitate the child/young person’s access to education within their local mainstream school community through developing physical abilities and life skills, providing a supplementary and complementary service to NHS therapy provision. The principle which informs the programme is the concept of ‘inclusion’ that those with disabilities should be able to access all services and be empowered to overcome social, educational, physical, environmental and economic barriers. 

Children/young people attend the Access to Education Programme in small age-appropriate groups (maximum of 6) for intensive 4-day blocks placed throughout the year, supplemented by several Saturday sessions between these 4-day blocks. As the programme aims to develop physical and life skill abilities, the child/young person attends all day for intensive physiotherapy and occupational therapy, with the programme being delivered by Highly Specialised Physiotherapists and Highly Specialised Occupational Therapists supported by other staff. 

The programme is designed to enable children and young people in all parts of Scotland who are resident in all parts of Scotland to access SCCMI’s services as the child/young person accompanied by a parent can stay on-site during the 4 day block in SCCMI’s custom-designed facilities at the Craighalbert Centre. The programme also incorporates visits by Centre staff to the child/young person’s school or home, to provide information and guidance to parents and school staff. 

Over recent years an increasing awareness has developed regarding the needs of the brothers and sisters of disabled children/young people, with research have needs which require attention, understanding and support. The Access to Education Programme therefore incorporates a Siblings Programme, the principles of which incorporate the view that exploring and expressing individual concerns and difficulties related to a bother/sister’s disability, assists the individual to be better able to understand their bother/sister’s situation. 

What the Parents Say About the Access to Education Programme

From the day we brought our 2 year old daughter to the Centre, to now (12 years on), I have never doubted the value the sessions have given to her quality of life. The structure of the week, the progress reports, the helpfulness of the staff, and the contact with other parents, have not only given her motivation to learn and overcome, but also us as Parents understanding her needs and goals. I would never hesitate to recommend the Centre, and always make a point of making sure other parents know it is there and what a difference it can make. (Mother of MW)

For us SCCMI doesn’t just support A, but all of us as a family. Having long term relationships with staff with whom we can talk things through with is really important. The family-centric view taken, including siblings and their needs through Saturday sessions and time at Summer School is really important to make the sibling feel part of the Craighalbert experience. A has attended the Centre for nearly 7 years, we’ve been through highs and lows in that time but the Centre has been a constant help and input into giving us ideas of how best to help him, and how he can now, more importantly, help himself. (Mother of AM)
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