As a pediatric physiotherapist I am interested in your child’s physical abilities (also known as gross motor skills) such as rolling, crawling, sitting, walking, climbing and jumping. Referrals come from parents, public health nurses and doctors.
What does physiotherapy for children look like? First, I will discuss your concerns about your child’s physical abilities, observe how your child moves, determine what they can do and figure out why some activities are difficult. I may also assess how your child’s muscles feel (muscle tone), your child’s balance (postural reaction), coordination, motor skills as well as function.
A Physiotherapy plan may include but is not limited to:
- Assessment and individual therapy
- Teaching you ways to position and handle your child to help develop muscle control and improve movement.
- Teaching you and your child activities to encourage independent movement.
- Determining the need for specialized equipment including seating, walkers, standing frames as well as adapted recreation equipment.
- Assisting your child to participate fully in family and community life.
My goal is to help children develop their movement skills to the best of their abilities and to have fun doing so!