Early Intervention Pediatrics
What is Pediatric Physiotherapy
Specialized pediatric physiotherapy focuses on the development and movement of growing children from birth to adolescence. Therapists utilize age appropriate play and instruction to assess and treat conditions that are specific to children.
Some of these conditions include:
Motor milestone delays
Postural alignment - Scoliosis
Lower body orthopedic alignment - hip dysplasia, in/out toeing, toe walking, club foot, W sitting, scooting
Congenital heart and lung conditions
Traumatic conditions - broken bones, head injuries, patella dislocation
Head shape and neck tightness - plagiocephaly / torticollis
Acquired conditions- cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, autism spectrum disorder, FASD, genetic syndromes.
Assessment will begin with an interview with the parent to obtain a medical history and identify any areas of concern. Observation of your child playing and moving will proceed a formal full body assessment. Outcome measures may be used with the consent of family to direct care planning and track progress over time.
Skills such as sitting, crawling, running, balance, jumping, motor coordination , motor learning, strength and posture are evaluated. Muscle tone and neuromuscular systems are considered.
Treatment will be tailored to your child and your family. The number of in person therapy treatments recommended will vary by condition. Treatment may include the recommendation of home and day care programs, supportive devices, and referrals to allied professionals.
What to expect
You are the expert on your child. Therapy is a collaborative process and programming is directed by the way in which you are able to participate. Setting achievable and measurable goals to track change over time is key in seeing your child progress over time. Success is defined not only by the resolution of impairment but rather by your child's ability to participate in being an active at home and in the community.
Booking you visit
Pediatric services are provided through the Pathways Learning Centre.
Children eligible for the ASD individualized funding program can utilize services with Jennifer.