BABIES & TODDLERS

Early motor development

Your baby might benefit from physio if they:

  • Dislike tummy time

  • Favour turning head to one side

  • Have a flat spot / mis-shapen head

  • Bottom shuffles or not crawling

  • Delayed walking

  • Lower limb alignment concerns


Sometimes babies will take a little longer to reach their milestones or sometimes they will perform these movements in an awkward manner. This can be caused by a number of reasons. Once these are identified, we then teach handling and positioning techniques as well as play strategies to promote the use of the correct combination of muscles.



Encouraging optimal early motor development is very important as it forms the foundations for later development. Symmetrical crawling on hands and knees is important to assist in developing a child's pelvic, shoulder, trunk and wrist stability.  Developing this stability is important for a child's postural control, as well as the development of fine and gross motor skills. The opposite arm and leg motion used in the crawling action helps a child to integrate the brain hemispheres, thereby promoting better coordination of the two sides of their body and other skills. This integration is important in the development of overall learning, especially reading skills.

 
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PRESCHOOLERS

Helping them become school ready

We can assist preschool age children with their school readiness.  These early years are important to develop the foundations required for starting school. Preschool age children are often referred for the following reasons:

  • difficulty sitting still on a chair and on the floor

  • reduced core strength

  • appearing clumsy or tripping over

  • undecided hand preference

  • difficulty establishing a functional pencil grip

  • avoidance of fine motor and drawing tasks

  • difficulty cutting with scissors

  • immature drawings

  • difficulties with planning and organisational skills

 

PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN

Setting them up for success

Children in primary school are often referred for the following reasons:


  • letter or number reversals

  • messy handwriting

  • difficulty keeping up with written work (reduced handwriting speed)

  • difficulty transitioning from printing to cursive writing (late primary school)

  • restrictive or awkward pencil grasp

  • difficulty using scissors, cutlery and/or tying shoelaces

  • difficulty sitting still in class (e.g. slumping on the table, fidgeting, frequently standing up)

  • difficulty with gross motor skills e.g. balance, ball skills, riding a two-wheel bike and swimming

  • pigeon toeing, out-toeing or flat feet.

 

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An amazing improvement after 5 months working with our physios and occupational therapists.

 
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ADOLESCENTS

Helping your child excel academically

Handwriting difficulties can have significant impact on the academic performance of high school students, contributing to illegible handwriting and impaired handwriting speed.  This is detrimental to the student in both classroom and exam situations. 


Students with handwriting difficulties often have difficulty completing class and exam work in the set time frame.  Students with illegible handwriting frequently miss out on valuable marks due to difficulty deciphering what the student has written. 


Our therapists are experienced in assessing and treating high school students with handwriting difficulties, assisting them to improve their skills and written output. 


We can also assist adolescents who may be experiencing joint pain (e.g. knees, hips, back) and those with postural or gait concerns.

 

FEET

Lower limb alignment assessment & orthotic prescription

Does your child have:

  • flat feet

  • pigeon toeing or out-toeing

  • knock knees or bow- legged

  • repetitive ankle sprains

  • awkward running style

  • poor balance

  • leg pains

  • avoid physical activity


Poor biomechanics may be the cause. Increased flexibility in ligaments allow arches to roll in or pronate. Such alignment issues can cause undue stress on ankles, knees and hips. It can affect balance and coordination as well as gait and running style. Further postural problems, leg pain and sometimes back pain and scoliosis can develop. Our physios can assess these problems and help to address all of these concerns.

Conditions such as Sever's and Osgood Schlatters Disease are common growth related disorders which may be compounded by poor foot alignment.

 
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NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME

We are proud to be a fully NDIS registered practice and can treat children of all ages. We accept:

  • Self managed clients

  • Agency managed clients

  • Plan managed clients

We provide assessment and treatment for children with various disabilities and learning problems including; Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delays, Fragile X Syndrome and Down Syndrome.


We love working with long term NDIS clients helping them reach their potential and improve their fine and gross motor skills. We have the capacity to offer regular therapy to these clients.

If you are looking into applying for the NDIS, we can assist you with writing up therapy reports that are needed when creating a NDIS plan.

 

SCHOOL VISITS

Therapy sessions at your child's school

The purpose of a school visit is to assess how your child is functioning within the school and classroom environment. The therapist would assess the following:

  • Seating position

  • Handwriting

  • Distractions in the room

  • Visual disturbances

  • Playground safety

  • Postural assessment

Through a school visit, the therapist can optimise your child's learning environment and offer recommendations to the school to optimise this.

A number of our therapists perform school visits regularly to provide a child's therapy in the school environment. Please reach out to us if this is something you are interested in as places are limited.

 
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TRAINING & IN-SERVICES

Knowledge is power

We are committed to enhancing the knowledge of health professionals, teachers and educators. We offer in-services on:

  • school readiness

  • when to refer to physio/ occupational therapy

  • how to improve a classroom environment to be more conducive to learning

  • impact of posture and core strength on fine motor skills

  • baby motor milestones and encouraging purposeful play at home

  • and much more!


 
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