About the Centre

The Freddie Farmer Physiotherapy Centre Ltd supports disabled children aged 3–16 years with cerebral palsy, developmental delay and co-ordination disorders and other non-progressive neurological disorders and syndromes.

Our approach is to provide a fun, child-friendly ‘home from home’ environment combining specialist equipment and therapeutic exercises.

We provide unique and intensive physiotherapy programmes incorporating the Universal Exercise Unit (UEU) also known as the ‘spider’. The ‘spider’ is a series of bungee ropes in a frame that support the child in any position while the physiotherapist carries out exercises to help develop and build the child’s muscles.

Who we help

We help treat the following conditions:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental delay
  • Acquired brain injuries
  • Stroke
  • Dyskinesia: ataxia, athetosis and dystonia
  • Other non-progressive neurological disorders and syndromes

How we help

Our resident physiotherapists, specialised equipment and intensive physiotherapy programmes help improve strength and mobility for children with cerebral palsy and mobility problems.

Home programmes are specially tailored for each child and are given to parents at the end of block sessions so that parents can continue the important exercises at home.

Block sessions

October to December 2022 (1 or 2 week) block session dates will be released on Wednesday 31st August. Booking opens Wednesday 7th September.

To find out more about our available physiotherapy session dates for registered families please call Karen on 020 8313 3707.

New families can book an initial assessment with one of our physiotherapists *free of charge (*subject to pre-assessment criteria).

For new enquiries, please email karen@freddiefarmerfoundation.org.uk.

What we do

Our physiotherapy programmes are tailored specifically for each child and include:

  • Postural management; a planned approach encompassing all activities and interventions which impact on a child’s posture and function.
  • Gait assessment; assess and examine the gait of the child to build a programme of exercises to improve walking patterns.
  • Kinesiology taping; joint correction and postural alignment.
  • Maintain and improve posture and movement.
  • Improve balance and coordination.
  • Maintain range of movement of joints to help prevent rigidity.
  • Provide advice on specialist equipment; advise on the most appropriate equipment for the child’s development.
  • Introduce proper movement patterns; repetitive exercises.
  • Massage.
  • Home exercise programmes; supply a home-based pictorial exercise programme using photos and videos to help parents with home exercises and understanding.
  • Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy; Pre and post op therapy.

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Meet the Team

Sonia Verma - Lead Physiotherapist BPT, MPT. Member of HCPC, CSP & APCP

Sonia Verma - Lead Physiotherapist BPT, MPT. Member of HCPC, CSP & APCP

Sonia Verma joined the Freddie Farmer Physiotherapy Centre team in 2016. Before that she worked as a Paediatric Physiotherapist for a non-profit organisation in India before moving to London in 2011 to work with people with learning difficulties and complex needs.

Sonia is proud of her work supporting disabled children and says, ‘this is a place where my background, experience and skills can be put to good use to make great things happen’.

Fun fact! Sonia likes to eat ice cubes!

Colin Clifford - Senior Physiotherapist MCSP Dip MSc FA Dip

Colin Clifford - Senior Physiotherapist MCSP Dip MSc FA Dip

Colin’s background is in sport and disability sports. He took up a position with Millwall FC as an Academy Physiotherapist and worked there for 17 years at all levels, Academy, Reserves and First Team. He also worked with the FA Disability teams and with Dwarf Sports Athletics UK.

He later moved across to Gillingham as First Team Physiotherapist for 2 years, and then took a position in private practice but continued his link with disability football with the London FA Crystal Palace Training Centre in South East London.

Well known fact! Colin is passionate about football!

Roman Romanov - Physiotherapist, BSc (Hons) Member of HCPC, CSP and APCP

Roman Romanov - Physiotherapist, BSc (Hons) Member of HCPC, CSP and APCP

Roman joined the Freddie Farmer Physiotherapy Centre in 2019. He started his career in Bulgaria as a respiratory physiotherapist before moving to Istanbul. He has worked in hospitals and in sport physiotherapy and is experienced in the use of the TheraSuit and Spider cage having first used it with children and young people in Turkey.

Roman is really proud and passionate about working with children with special needs.

Well known fact! Roman is addicted to cycling.

Menelaos Antoniou - Clinical Physiotherapist BSc EHCP

Menelaos Antoniou - Clinical Physiotherapist BSc EHCP

Menelaos joined the Freddie Farmer Physiotherapy Centre in 2021. He studied in Budapest, where the Spider Therapy is the core treatment of Neurologic Rehabilitation Strategy.

Menelaos has a passion for fitness, goal-orientated therapy, and functional therapy. Bodybuilding and martial arts is his ‘go to’ activity in his free time.

Well known fact! Menelaos loves Jiu-Jitsu!

Safiyah Talidi-Bustamante – Physiotherapy Assistant

Safiyah Talidi-Bustamante – Physiotherapy Assistant

Safiyah joined the Freddie Farmer Physiotherapy Centre in 2021 and is looking to pursue a career in Physiotherapy. She absolutely loves working with the children we support and helping to be a part of their journey.

Her interests outside of work include dance, music, and spending time with family and friends.

Fun fact: Safiyah was on Britain’s Got Talent!

Karen Smith - Charity Centre Manager

Karen Smith - Charity Centre Manager

Karen started working at the Freddie Farmer Foundation in 2015 but has known Freddie’s family since before Freddie Farmer was born.

She loves her job as Charity Centre Manager because it is so varied, from organising fundraising events to meeting and greeting our parents and children. ‘You have to be organised and good with meeting people.’ Karen’s in her element!

Karen is committed to ensuring the foundation is a success to help Freddie and lots of children like him to achieve their full potential.

Well known fact! Karen loves chocolate!

“It’s amazing to have a local and affordable centre with such a fantastic team. It’s a brilliant combination of physio and fun, brilliant team and a friendly atmosphere.”