IBPA in collaboration with STIKES Bethesda YAKKUM organized a Seminar and Clinical Course on Bobath Pediatric for Physiotherapists. STIKES Bethesda YAKKUM Yogyakarta, in partnership with the Indonesian Bobath Pediatric Association (IBPA), conducted a series of activities to enhance the knowledge and skills of physiotherapists in Indonesia. The event included a seminar and clinical course on Bobath Pediatric, focusing on the treatment of children with cerebral palsy and motor delay. The activities took place from January 5th to January 10th, 2024, at the STIKES Bethesda Yogyakarta campus.
Approximately 60 participants, comprising physiotherapists from various regions of Indonesia, attended the event. While the majority were from Java, some participants traveled from Bali, Sumatra, and Kalimantan. To ensure maximum output for the participants, experienced speakers and instructors in the field of Bobath Pediatric were invited. Besides IBPA Chairman Yohanes Purwanto, three other instructors from abroad were present, including Mr. Jung Sun Hong, PT. MPH, from Korea. Mr. Hong is a senior international instructor in Bobath Pediatric and also serves as the Chairman of the Asian Bobath Pediatric Instructors Association. Jung Sun Hong was assisted by another Korean instructor, Shim Sang Kyun, and a third speaker, Estose Araceli Socorro from the Philippines.
Following the first-day seminar, participants engaged in the clinical course on Bobath Pediatric, specifically focusing on the management of cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy refers to a condition affecting one's ability to move and maintain body balance. It is the most common motor disability occurring in childhood, caused by abnormal brain development affecting muscle control. The training covered six types or variables of cerebral palsy: hemiplegia, quadriplegia, athetosis, hypotonia, ataxia, and spastic diplegia. The course provided comprehensive learning about cerebral palsy, including physiotherapeutic treatment approaches.
"The training also featured patients with cerebral palsy as case studies. From these examples, participants were taught to practice the correct treatment for individuals with cerebral palsy," explained the organizing committee representative, Gian Lisuari Adityasiwi, SST, Ftr, M. Fis.
Gian Lisuari added that this series of activities is part of IBPA's program, implemented in collaboration with STIKES Bethesda Yakkum Yogyakarta as the host or organizer. The primary goal is to provide a platform for physiotherapists in Indonesia to develop their knowledge and skills in the field of physiotherapy. As the field of physiotherapy continues to evolve, not every physiotherapist may be proficient in all variables or specializations within the field. Information sourced from stikesbethesda.ac.id.