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Rehabilitation beyond belief

Therapy and brain training to rediscover lost abilities

People are discovering abilities and achieving goals they never dreamed possible thanks to Rocky Bay’s Skills Acquisition Rehabilitation Pathway.

By effectively training the brain and body together, Rocky Bay therapists have been able to give people hope and a chance of long term independence that their families had assumed would not be possible.

Here we share three examples of the huge progress made by some of our clients over the past three to nine months:

  • 11 year old Rocco is making great progress walking by himself following an acquired brain injury
  • Cecilia was immobile and non-verbal after a stroke at 58, she is now talking, eating and brushing her own hair
  • Brian was told by others he would need a wheelchair and home modifications after a stroke. He is now beginning to walk again, making him happier and saving thousands of dollars

We are currently working with over 20 individuals to promote their skills acquisition and increase their independence.  If you know of anyone else who might benefit from this level of intensive support, contact Customer Engagement on 6282 1900 or send an online enquiry.

About the Skills Acquisition Rehabilitation Pathway

The term “brain plasticity” has in recent years worked its way into our vocabulary. It emerges from decades of research into the capacity of the brain to restore abilities lost to injury or disease, or gain new abilities through targeted physical and mental training.

Rocky Bay developed the Skills Acquisition Rehabilitation Pathway in 2014 to harness the practical findings of this research. The aim is to promote skill acquisition and functional independence for people with permanent disabilities, maximising participation and community integration.

The pathway is supported by an interdisciplinary team of professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and fitness trainers.

Through the hard work and determination of individuals, clinical support and motivational encouragement from Rocky Bay, the pathway is delivering some outstanding results, breaking new ground, providing hope and, most importantly, progress.

The Rocco road to recovery


Rocco was just 9 in 2012 when he received an acquired brain injury (ABI). He was discharged from hospital with severe ataxia affecting all mobility. He required full support to transfer from floor to standing and partial assistance to use a chair.

Rocco was referred to Rocky Bay’s Therapy and Professional Services team to continue his rehabilitation for social, community, home and school re-integration. With incredible enthusiasm, he embarked on a daily programme of intensive therapy.

Over the past eight months Rocco has been seen charging through the Rocky Bay gymnasium. His progress has been remarkable.  He can now stand up by himself and take more than eight steps without physical assistance or equipment.

One of Rocco’s most desired goals was to participate in sports activities at school. To his family’s delight, he recently played in a dodge ball competition and has been elected to the student council.

Cecilia’s outstanding progress

58 year old Cecilia had a stroke last year. She lost voluntary movement of her limbs and could not speak, make eye contact or track effectively. She could not sit on the edge of a bed without full physical assistance.

Cecilia and her husband Carlos met with Rocky Bay therapists to discuss rehabilitation through specific “brain training” exercises developed for her, utilising the neuro-plasticity of her brain.

The initial focus was to increase alertness using a communication board and sensory strategies. Meanwhile, Cecilia’s occupational therapy focused on upper limb movement, hand-eye coordination, gross and fine motor manipulation. The aim was for Cecilia to be able to complete functional tasks such as wiping her face, brushing her hair and eating independently. Physiotherapy sessions were also run to improve rolling, postural control and standing.

Cecilia can now communicate verbally using sentences and has also gained a level of voluntary and functional movement, particularly on her right side; she can brush her own hair, eat a modified diet independently and is able to kick objects off the bed with her right leg.

The enormous strides Cecilia has made are no doubt thanks to the way both she and Carlos have embraced “brain training” and applied themselves with dogged determination and a cheeky sense of humour.

Now that they have seen the potential, Cecilia is determined to continue re-training her brain with support from Rocky Bay.

Brian puts a foot forward toward recovery

Brian had a stroke in his early fifties, severely affecting his right side and his communication. He required full assistance to stand and walk. His needs were assessed through the NDIS planning process as he lives in the Perth Hills trial area. They determined he was eligible for physiotherapy, a power wheelchair and home modifications.

Brian met with therapists from Rocky Bay to discuss his options. His personal goal was to walk unassisted again. Through a regime of intensive therapy, he has made incredible progress. He is now standing independently, taking steps with minimal support, and his speech has also improved.

Most importantly, Brian’s self-confidence and sense of independence have received an enormous boost, and he continues to work toward his goal of walking independently to visit his wife, who lives in a nursing home.

As a secondary benefit, the earmarked electric wheelchair and home modifications have been put on hold, saving significant funds for other support and minimising disruption to his home and personal life.

Join the program

If you know of anyone else who might benefit from this level of intensive support from Rocky Bay’s Skills Acquisition Rehabilitation Pathway, contact Customer Engagement on 6282 1900 or send an online enquiry.

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