Children’s physiotherapists work in partnership with the child, family and all other professionals from health, education and social care settings to maximise a child’s physical abilities and independence. Our goal is to work closely with the family and the wider team of carers, so they understand the child’s physical difficulties and empower them to be able to support and enable the child to achieve their best.
Children’s physiotherapists assess the child’s abilities and analyse how they move. From this assessment an individual physiotherapy management plan will be formulated. This will typically involve teaching parents and carers specific activities to practice with their child and how best to manage their physical needs throughout their daily routine. This may also include the provision of specialist therapy equipment to support standing, walking and position at night when sleeping.
Children’s physiotherapy also support children with respiratory problems such as cystic fibrosis.
Children’s physiotherapy have an open referral system. This means that we accept referrals from any source including from parents/carers, health visitors, pre-schools, nurseries, mainstream and special schools, paediatricians and GPs.
If you would like to make a referral to the children's physiotherapy service please click on this link, you will then receive a telephone call from a physiotherapist to discuss your concerns further and organise an assessment as appropriate.
Our physiotherapists work with children with a variety of difficulties. This includes children who are experiencing:
- Delays reaching their developmental milestones (sitting, crawling, walking etc)
- Movement difficulties
- Co-ordination difficulties
- Balance difficulties
- Orthopaedic problems (problems with joints or bones)
We also see children with longer term conditions, such as:
- Neurological conditions (conditions affecting the brain)
- Muscular pathologies
- Rheumatology conditions
- Cystic fibrosis