An information centre for cerebral palsy, which builds bridges between children and young people with CP and researchers at the universities. This is the Helene Elsass Centre in a nutshell. In five short years we have become a scientific centre that enjoys widespread recognition in Denmark and abroad.
There is an oasis at Charlottenlund, just north of Copenhagen. It is an oasis which brings the needs of children with CP and their relatives to the forefront. Every day at the centre, children with CP receive the best possible therapy so that they can function and develop optimally. The Helene Elsass Centre is the principal activity funded by the Ludvig and Sara Elsass Foundation.
The centre is the expression of the Elsass Foundation’s desire to create change – here and now – in the lives of children and adolescents with CP and their families. The centre builds bridges between people with CP, parents and the research community. It functions as a professional meeting place for all parties.
The centre cooperates with some of the world’s leading neuroscientists and applies the latest knowledge in developing new technologies and methods which can help to develop better and more efficient therapies for people with CP.
From its foundation, the Helene Elsass Centre has been dedicated to taking exceptionally good care of its users. Their development is of paramount importance to our staff.
Children with CP are just as different as children who do not have CP. Children with CP have different types of brain damage and therefore need individual development programmes. When a child enters a programme at the Helene Elsass Centre, the child and his or her parents are admitted for five days. They stay at the centre’s apartments and their days here are punctuated with medical examinations. Their evenings are often spent with other families in our large, state-of-the-art common room and kitchen.
During this five-day period, the child is examined by physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychologists. The team then prepares a training programme, which is specially adapted to suit that particular child. With this training programme in hand, the family returns home. They then follow the programme for 20 weeks, after which they return to the Helene Elsass Centre for a follow-up visit and finally a two-day evaluation. The child or adolescent will subsequently return to the centre for follow-up visits after one, three and fifteen years.
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