What do our Physiotherapists do?
A Physiotherapist who works in paediatrics looks at movement skills and movement control to check that all components required for motor tasks are appropriate for age. Postural control is assessed – important not only in general day to day activities and sport, but also a vital component in handwriting. Also areas of motor planning, sequencing and organisation of motor skills are evaluated. Combined with the findings of the occupational therapist’s component of our assessment, this gives us a more thorough picture of the child as a whole. This allows us to design a more comprehensive program to help each individual child, rather than just addressing a particular skill or problem area. Fun activities are then given to build in the required components of movement and postural control needed to optimise development and coordination. This all makes movements more efficient, easier to perform and builds endurance.
What do our Occupational Therapists do?
Our OT’s specialise in working with children - looking at the performance of tasks needed for preschool, school, play, and self care. Developmental levels in sensory motor skills, fine motor, visual perceptual skills, motor planning, organisational skills and self care are evaluated looking at the impact on day to day life of the child. With handwriting problems all these components are assessed to identify
where the difficulties lie. Combined with the physio component of our assessment, this gives us a more thorough picture of the child and
their movement control. A comprehensive program to help the child as a whole is then designed rather than just addressing one particular
skill area. Treatment addresses each component and this is often provided in the context of play or fun activities to motivate the child.