Evaluation process/how does it work?:
An initial assessment and observation will be carried out together with a parent interview. This will take approximately one hour. Questions will be asked about your child’s birth and medical history, daily activities, current challenges, and goals. Depending on the age of the child and condition standardized tests and questionnaires might be used.
These will be evaluated and a treatment plan will be devised for your child’s individual needs. If necessary a separate meeting without the child being present will be scheduled to discuss the outcome of the assessment and what further steps to take. Frequency of the intervention will also be discussed.
The individual treatment focuses on improving fine and gross motor skills, balance and coordination, strength and endurance as well as cognitive and sensory processing/integration. The approach is holistic and practical. Treatment involves exercises and handling techniques to stimulate the normal sensory motor development of the child.
This may include purposeful play using toys, swings, ball games, balance and climbing activities, or specialized equipment. In addition, a home program will be given out to support therapy goals. In some cases, advice and instructions to the parent may be all that is required. Advice will be given on appropriate handling or positioning and on equipment including seating, standing frames and mobility aids. The therapist works closely together with families, carers, teachers, doctors and other health professionals.
Conditions:A Paediatric Physiotherapist assesses and treats infants and children with a range of conditions including:
- Developmental delay.
- Cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions.
- Syndromes and other genetic disorders.
- Spina bifida and neural tube defects.
- Problems in the fine and gross motor coordination with or without learning/behavioural problems (e.g.“clumsy children, DCD, dyspraxia).
- Motor delays related to sensory disorders.
- Autism/autism spectrum disorders.
- Attention deficit disorder ( ADD, ADHD).
- Juvenile chronic arthritis ( JCA).
- Postural problems- torticollis, scoliosis, idiopathic toe walkers.
- Premature babies with dystonia.
- Respiratory problems such as cystic fibrosis or asthma.