Children’s Services

The Children’s Team at SBHQ provides family support, therapy and education advice for children with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Our Children’s Team includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, speech and language pathologist, and education advisors. 

Family support and therapy services include:

  • Support and counselling throughout the pregnancy and after your baby is born
  • Visiting the family in hospital and when your baby comes home
  • Information for New Parents booklet
  • Playgroups, information sessions, hydrotherapy and family events
  • Regular telephone contact, home visits, and outreach trips to families living in regional areas
  • Providing family support for families when they are attending medical appointments such as Spina Bifida Clinics at the Children’s Hospital 


Babies at Home Program

The Babies at Home Program provides family support and therapy including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language pathology as well as early childhood education to children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus from the time of diagnosis until they turn three.

These years are the most important in children’s lives because this is the time they are learning the most and developing the quickest. It is at this time also that the foundation for their future needs to be laid down.

Family support, which is provided by two social workers, begins when a parent contacts SBH Queensland for assistance or information. It may be when they learn that their unborn child has spina bifida or they have been told that their new born baby has spina bifida. The family support we offer includes: 

  • Support and counselling throughout the pregnancy and after the baby is born
  • Visiting the family in hospital and when the baby comes home
  • An Information for New Parents package
  • Links to other families
  • Parent groups, playgroups, information sessions and social functions
  • Linking country families to appropriate local services
  • Attending spina bifida clinics at the Children’s Hospitals to support families especially those from regional and rural areas
  • Regular telephone contact and outreach trips for country families
  • Physiotherapists who will assist children with movement and mobility and provide advice on aids and equipment
  • Occupational therapists who help with cognitive and fine motor skills 
  • Speech therapists who can assist with breathing, swallowing and communication