Tot Teràpia is a centre in Sant Cugat, Barcelona dedicated to assisting children, teenagers and families. They have a multidisciplinary approach combining innovative technologies with more conventional therapies. Therapists work on emotional aspects, communication, movement, cognition and nutrition and pay particular emphasis on incorporating the whole family into the therapy process.
What is the philosophy of Tot Teràpia?
Tot Teràpia is a centre for families looking for quality therapy with dedicated therapists and innovative and effective methodologies in an attractive environment.
- We work form inside out, trying to arouse curiosity in the patients.
- We focus on teamwork and believe that the end result is due to team effort.
- We are highly flexible and adapt almost everything to the needs of our clients.
- We believe in movement, especially in difficulties in neurodevelopment.
- We teach parents, teachers and families how to help their loved ones.
What types of therapy do you offer?
The team at Tot Teràpia consists of Psychologists, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists. We use a variety of therapies and methods and have innovative tools that we integrate in our customised plan for every patient. We choose methods that are child centred not invasive and that are flexible and easy to combine together.
We like Neurofeedback as a tool and interactive metronome. We have specialists trained in Bobath, PROMPT, Hanen, Mindfullness, SAAC (alternative communication) TEACCH and Playtherapy amongst others.
Your therapists work in a transdisciplinary teams. What does that mean exactly?
That means that the team members are familiar with each other’s disciplines. This means that we know when we need to wait for our turn to work because another discipline is needed first. Working in this way means we assess the patient first as a team and find out what the origin of the problem is and what the person needs.
What types of therapy work best with babies and young children?
It depends on the issue but we often use the neurodevelopment approach where as a team we assess motor (primitive reflexes), language, behaviour, oral motor skills and sensory sensitivity to determine if the child is on track with his/her milestones and understand what is lacking. Including parents closely in the whole process and giving them exercises to do at home is also helpful.
You have an area called Little Town in the clinic. Can you explain what that is used for?
You should see it! It is like a stage with different real life settings like a hospital or supermarket to help teach children with things they find challenging (reading, writing, paying attention, concentration and language comprehension) in a real life context. Here we can hold the child’s curiosity and we can work from there.
What are the most common issues you see in older children and teenagers?
ADHD, Autism, depression and anxiety are the most common. Sometimes we find it useful to work in groups. We designed a course called “I Am Unique” which would be useful for everyone to take.
How important is nutrition in children of all ages to help them maintain not only a healthy body but also a healthy mind?
Very important! Changing your biochemistry should not be with medication but with food. Our bodies make neurotransmitters from the food we eat. This discipline is still developing.
The team at Tot Teràpia is quite international. What languages do you offer for therapy sessions?
English, French, Dutch, Catalan and Spanish.