All babies, children and young people are important
They each have their own unique personality and potential. They deserve the best possible care and nurture to support their health and development.
Childrens physiotherapy includes the assessment, clincal diagnosis, treatment and management of children who have a general developmental delay, a disorder of movement or an impairement or illness which may be improved, controlled or alleviated by physiotherapy intervention. This intervention may include advice, physiotherapeutic skills and/or the use of specialised equipment or appliances. Paediatric physiotherapists treat children with physical problems caused by musculo-skeletal, neuromuscular and cardio-vascular/respiratory conditions.
The paediatric physiotherapist has a key role in helping to facilitate a child's maximum potential. An in depth knowledge of the physical, emotional, behavioural and social variables of child development is essential
All children referred require a full assessment to establish the approriateness of physiotherapy. Assessment may involve a mixture of detached observations, observation of play, parent or child questioning, social interaction, physical examination and standardised assessment tools. Following your childs assessment realistic goals will be set with the child family/carers and if appropriate other members of the multidisciplinary team.
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