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At the LEAP Centre, we’re here to unlock the potential of every child through innovative and effective therapeutic approaches. One of the approaches we take is the Cuevas Medek Exercise (CME). CME was introduced as a pioneering paediatric physiotherapy method designed to challenge and enhance the motor skills of infants and young children facing developmental delays. Understanding motor development, CME represents a breakthrough in physiotherapy, offering hope and tangible progress for families dealing with developmental concerns.

What is Cuevas Medek Exercise?

Cuevas Medek Exercise (CME) is a revolutionary approach in paediatric physiotherapy, introduced by Ramón Cuevas in the 1970s. This therapy is designed to expose children, particularly those with motor developmental delays, to the natural forces of gravity, making smooth progress in motor functions. Unlike traditional physiotherapy methods that often support or assist movement, CME challenges the child to achieve motor responses independently, promoting strength, balance, and coordination. 

The core of CME lies in its dynamic and intensive exercises that require active participation from the child. These exercises are adaptable and scalable, ensuring that they suit the specific needs and capabilities of each child. From simple tasks that encourage the child to hold their head up to more complex ones that aim at achieving independent standing or walking, CME covers a broad spectrum of motor skills development. 

Who Can Benefit from Cuevas Medek Exercise?

Cuevas Medek Exercise (CME) holds promise for a broad spectrum of paediatric populations, making it a valuable tool in the hands of skilled therapists at the LEAP Centre. Here are some of the groups that can benefit significantly from CME:

Children with Motor Development Delays

CME is particularly beneficial for children experiencing delays in reaching motor milestones such as sitting, crawling, standing, or walking. By stimulating the child’s motor system through gravity-challenging exercises, CME can help accelerate the development of these crucial skills.
Children diagnosed with neurological disorders, including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and other conditions that affect muscle tone and motor control, can find immense benefits in CME. The therapy’s active engagement and stimulation offer a pathway to improved motor function and independence.
CME therapy is also effective for children with hypotonia (low muscle tone) or hypertonia (high muscle tone), providing exercises that can help regulate muscle tone and enhance motor skills. The adaptable nature of CME allows therapists to personalise the therapy to the child’s specific needs, whether they require stimulation to activate muscles or strategies to manage excessive muscle tension.
Children recovering from surgery or injury that has impacted their motor skills can also benefit from CME. The therapy’s focused, personalised exercises support recovery and rehabilitation, encouraging children to regain strength and functionality.
CME is not solely for children with diagnosed conditions; it can also support those who may struggle with coordination and balance. Through targeted exercises, children can develop greater control over their movements, improving their confidence and competence in physical activities.
CME extends its benefits to the families of participating children by emphasising a collaborative approach. Parents and caregivers who wish to be actively involved in their child’s developmental journey will find CME to be a fitting choice, as it offers ample opportunities for participation and at-home support.

Our CME Therapy Approach at LEAP Centre

At the LEAP Centre, our dedicated team of paediatric physiotherapists embraces the Cuevas Medek Exercise (CME) approach with a deep understanding of its potential to transform lives. Here’s how we implement CME therapy:

Initial Assessment and Personalised Plan

Our journey begins with a comprehensive assessment to understand each child’s specific needs and challenges. This initial evaluation is crucial in crafting a personalised CME therapy plan that targets the child’s unique developmental goals. Our therapists consider not just the physical aspects but also the cognitive and emotional needs of the child, ensuring a well-rounded approach to therapy.
Our physiotherapists are specially trained in the Cuevas Medek Exercise approach, and equipped with the knowledge and skills to apply its principles effectively. This specialised training ensures that our team can design and implement challenging yet safe exercises that stimulate motor development and encourage progress.
CME therapy at the LEAP Centre is dynamic and engaging. Each session is designed to challenge the child just beyond their current capabilities, promoting growth and development. As the child progresses, the exercises evolve, ensuring that therapy remains effective and motivating. Our therapists are adept at creating a supportive and encouraging environment, making each session a positive and empowering experience.
We believe that family involvement is key to the success of CME therapy. Our team works closely with families, providing them with the tools and strategies to support their child’s development at home. This partnership between therapist and family fosters a consistent and nurturing environment for the child, enhancing the effectiveness of the therapy.
Our approach is characterised by continuous evaluation and adaptation. We regularly assess the child’s progress and adjust the therapy plan as needed, ensuring that we are always moving towards the child’s developmental goals. This flexibility allows us to respond to the child’s changing needs, maintaining momentum and motivation throughout their therapy journey. CME therapy at LEAP Centre is deeply committed to their development and well-being. We are proud to support families through this journey, celebrating every milestone and achievement along the way. Contact us today for more information.

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Frequently Asked Question

What services do you offer?

We offer a comprehensive range of therapy services, including occupational therapyspeech therapy, and physiotherapy. Each service is tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients, ranging from developmental therapies for children to rehabilitation and support for adults. We also offer programs such as group sessions, individual sessions, and intensive therapy blocks.

If you or your family member is facing challenges with speech, mobility, daily activities, or other areas of physical and cognitive function, therapy might be beneficial. We recommend scheduling a consultation with our specialists for a professional assessment and personalised recommendations. Please submit your enquiry form to book the consultation. 

Our clinic provides services for all age groups. We have specialised programs for children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly, ensuring age-appropriate and effective therapy for every client.

Therapy sessions are scheduled based on the individual needs and availability of our clients. Each session typically consists of 45 minutes of direct therapy followed by client/family feedback and therapist documentation/planning.

Our therapists are highly qualified and licensed professionals. They hold degrees in their respective fields and have undergone extensive training and certification. Continuous education is a priority for our team, ensuring we stay updated with the latest therapy techniques and research.

Yes, we actively collaborate with schools, physicians, and other healthcare providers to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated approach to our clients’ care. This multidisciplinary collaboration is essential for holistic treatment planning and effective outcomes. Contact us to collaborate with us! 

Our approach is client-centered, evidence-based, and holistic. We focus on understanding each client’s unique needs and goals, and we tailor our therapy plans accordingly. We emphasise a collaborative approach involving the client, their family, and other professionals as needed.

We accept NDIS funding, private health, medicare, and private pay. For all NDIS self-managed or private paying clients, payment is required on the day of your session. Our administrative team can assist you in understanding your benefits and navigating the billing process. Give us a call or submit an enquiry form to find out more! 

Yes we do! In addition to clinic-based sessions, we also offer therapy in the home, daycare settings, or at schools. Sessions outside of the clinic incur a travel fee consistent with the NDIS travel rate guide. Give us a call or submit an enquiry form to find out more! 

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Getting started is easy. Simply contact us via phone, email, or our website to schedule an initial consultation. During this session, we will discuss your needs and create a personalised therapy plan.

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