At Zoë's Place we provide respite for families who have a child aged between 0-5 years, who have a life limiting or life threatening condition. During the time that the child stays with us, we provide various different therapies in order to try and improve quality of life. Take a look below to find out abit more about these services that we offer, and if you have any questions, please click the Email Us button at the bottom of the page to get in touch.
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art as a way to communicate. It allows the child to use art materials for self expression in a safe environment, using art instead of spoken words. We have an Art Therapist who visits us to provide sessions with the babies, to work with them to try and help them, as they may find it difficult or scary to express themselves and deal with the challenges that they face. This is particularly true for babies who generally have limited or no vocabularies. Children are naturally creative, and it is usually easier for them to draw a picture as opposed to answering questions directly. They may be reluctant or even hostile about discussing certain topics but creating artwork is a non-threatening venue that allows them to tackle tough issues in a creative way.
Our hydrotherapy pool helps us to promote wellbeing and healing using water therapy. There are many benefits to the child, most importantly being that of play and fun. We want to make sure all of our babies enjoy the time they are here with us and make lots of memories. As well as that, hydrotherapy promotes relaxation, provides relief from pain and stiffness, and gives the opportunity for exercise. Being in the warm water can help to decrease muscle tone, as well as assisting with movement of the joints which are either more difficult or painful to do normally. The water pressure also helps to reduce residual lung capacity for children with chest problems, thus reducing the chance of chest infections developing. Not only this, but the environment helps stimulate the senses whilst calming those with sensory and learning difficulties.
With the varied conditions that our babies have, physiotherapy is of huge importance and is a big part of the services we provide. It reduces breathing difficulties, aids pain control, helps restore or maintain physical movement, alleviates discomfort from stiff joints spasms & muscle pains, and helps prevent development of future problems. Each child's physio sessions will be individual and tailored to them and our Physiotherapist works with the babies in various different ways. This could be by promoting exercise, encouraging play and movement, providing relaxation techniques such as massage and hydrotherapy and much much more. The overall aim is to try to ensure that the babies mobility is as normal as possible, to try and help them to maintain as good a quality of life as possible, for as long as possible.
It is important to provide play and stimulation for each baby during their stay with us. Our Play Leader will assess each child individually, to see what their abilities are so that they can tailor each session to their individual needs, and can inform and guide the rest of the staff on the best activities to suit them. Every child loves to play, and that is no exception to the little lives that we care for here at Zoë’s Place. Our soft play area, which was donated to us by the Steven Gerrard Foundation, provides a soft and safe environment for our babies to be able to play and have some freedom to explore, just like any other child. Whilst they are in there, we know that they are safe and they are able to have fun. The soft play area also provides a great place to provide Physiotherapy and a chance for our babies to get some exercise.