What is Paediatric Physiotherapy ?
Paediatric Physiotherapy aims to help and treat children with physical problems as well as provide support to their families and carers. A paediatric therapist works with the child and their family to assist each child to reach their maximum potential to function independently and to promote active participation at home, in school, and in the community.
There are many familiar childhood disorders and diseases that present with movement dysfunction and motor skill issues that impact on physical development, activity and the child’s ability to participate in play, learning and socialising. These include.
– Cerebral Palsy,
– Down Syndrome,
– Muscular Dystrophy and associated disorders,
– Spina Bifida,
– Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis,
– Cardio-Pulmonary Disorders,
– Cystic Fibrosis,
– Cancer, and Traumatic Brain Injury.
In addition, many children may have hypotonia and developmental coordination disorder.
The role of the paediatric physical therapist :