Pediatric physiotherapists are experts in child development, particularly in relation to the development of movement. Our therapists assist in early detection of health problems and uses a wide variety of modalities to treat disorders experienced by children. They specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and management for infants to late-teens experiencing a variety of development and movement difficulties as well as after trauma rehabilitation.
When would your child see a physical therapyst?
- Slower to reaching motor skills milestones, e.g. slow to sit, crawl or walk
- Unusual movement or sitting patterns, e.g, w-sitting, bottom shuffling, or toe walking
- Difficulty with normal motor skills, such as jumping/hopping or ball skills
- Toddlers and babies who are clumsy or uncoordinated
- Disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, autism, brain injury, muscular dystrophies, or other congenital syndromes or conditions
- Conditions affecting their bones, joints or muscles, such as clubfoot, flat feet, overly flexible or dislocating joints
- Common musculoskeletal issues such as malalignments, scoliosis, patellofemoral pain, etc
- Pediatric rheumatological and pain conditions such as arthritis, myositis, or chronic pain
- Following an injury or trauma require rehabilitation
*A medical referral is needed before seeing a physiotherapists
What to expect during your child’s physical therapy sessions:
When you bring your child to one of our pediatric physiotherapists, you can expect a longer appointment duration than other practices because we want to make sure your child receives a thorough assessment, because all aspects of a child’s development are interlinked. We are also aware of the fact that some children would take some time to feel comfortable with the situation of being evaluated, so we will ensure enough time to make them feel happy and engaged, rather than anxious and upset.
Your child’s treatment may include:
- Direct ‘hands on’ physiotherapy
- Education about your child’s condition and how they can improve
- Providing activities or exercises to do at home or school that will help your child’s progress
- Trial and prescription of specialized orthotics, splints or equipment to support your child’s development
- Referral to, and/or liaison with other, health professionals and support providers