Paediatric physiotherapists can assist with a wide range of children’s needs.
Physiotherapists provide assessment, specific individualised therapy treatment, home/school programs, information and advice, for infants and children with:
• Developmental delay or difficulties in motor skills
• Orthopaedic conditions of the newborn, such as Erb’s Palsy, torticollis (wry neck) or plagiocephaly / brachiocephaly (head flattening)
• Cerebral Palsy and other neuro-motor impairments
• Down Syndrome and other chromosomal conditions
• Muscular dystrophies
• Difficulties with posture or gait
• Balance, co-ordination or gross motor difficulties
• Foot posture and position
Physiotherapy intervention may be provided in a variety of ways, including:
• Individual assessment and treatment sessions
• Home programs of activities
• Prescription and funding applications for specialised equipment
• Information, advice and support to parents
• School or preschool consultations and recommendations
• School Manual Handling Plans for students with additional needs
• Aquatic Physiotherapy
Specialised Equipment Prescription
Some children require special equipment such as standing frames, walking frames, wheelchairs and other seating, to assist them at home, school and in the community. Children may also benefit from the use of specialised orthoses, such as AFOs.
Extensive experience in equipment trial, prescription and funding applications is available for those who require it.
Sue has extensive experience in aquatic physiotherapy for children (also known as hydrotherapy). Water is a wonderful medium to enhance the learning of motor skills, and to improve strength and confidence both in and out of the water. It provides a new freedom of movement and expression to children with significant motor impairments.
Individual or small group classes are offered, which combine play and swim-skills.
"Physiotherapy services are thus tailored to each child and family’s individual needs and goals"
"All children and families are different"