Postural Care at Yancana Huasy

Each year we share an education day with our colleagues at Yancana Huasy, and for the third year today’s focus was on Postural Care. The Clayton/Goldsmith Approach to 24 hour postural care was developed over the last 30 years in England, by Liz and John Goldsmith and Sarah Clayton. Through understanding the effects of gravity and asymmetrical positioning on the human body, therapeutic support can be applied to protect and improve a person’s body shape. This is wonderful news for children with motor disabilities who are at great risk for developing complications like scoliosis and hip dislocation, because in many cases these can be avoided or limited with proper postural care.

Isabel and Edward analyze the finer points of their colleague's lying posture

Isabel and Edward analyze the finer points of their colleague’s lying posture

Today we began with a workshop for 13 occupational and physical therapists. Plenty of time for practice and discussion of potential issues filled the morning. The afternoon brought 10 families with their children to learn about postural care.

Camila looks relaxed in her night-time postural care set-up.

Camila looks relaxed in her night-time postural care set-up.

Tamara started the session but soon gave it over to Elizabeth Balboa, OT, who did a wonderful job of explaining the concepts and engaging the parents.

Some of the parents and children waiting for the session to start.

Some of the parents and children waiting for the session to start.

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