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Paediatric Physiotherapy

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. Role of physiotherapy Paediatric physiotherapists work with people of varying ages from premature babies to adolescents to ensure optimal physical function and development. Like all physiotherapists, they are concerned with movement, co-ordination, posture and the cardiorespiratory system. The aim of the paediatric physiotherapist is to provide a program that the client will enjoy, while encouraging them to participate and become independent. Paediatric physiotherapists aim to minimise the effects of physical impairment to promote optimum function and musculoskeletal development. Advice on activities and stretches offered by the physiotherapist can assist in maintaining full range of movement and prevention of contracture.

Children are not simply small adults. Physiotherapists who work with children are specialist practitioners who have the right skills and specific knowledge to deliver appropriate care and education to encourage family involvement. Paediatric Physiotherapists specialise in the treatment of children and have detailed knowledge of:

  • Child development
  • Childhood diseases and conditions that may impact on development and well being
  • Therapeutic interventions that enable and optimise development and well being
  • The need to place the child at the centre of planning
  • The impact that having a sick or disabled child has on family life
  • How to keep children safe
  • How to ensure that children and young people make choices
  • How to develop services in line with the Government guidance committed to improving quality and life chances for children
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