Paediatric Physiotherapists are movement disorder specialists for infants, children and adolescents. A paediatric physiotherapist aims to improve a child’s movement skills through treatments such as facilitating motor learning, strengthening, stretching, exercise, plaster casting, taping and adaptive equipment. Paediatric physiotherapists usually work not only with the child, but with parents, early childhood educators, teachers and sports trainers.
Coffs Kids in Motion accepts referrals from:
Conditions commonly seen:
Cerebral Palsy (and other neurological disorders)
Developmental Coordination Disorder (clumsy kids)
Unusual foot postures
Gross Motor Delay
Idiopathic toe walking
Some Specialised Services Available:
Assessment of Gross Motor Skills
Kay is experienced in the use of most of the common motor development assessment tools. This includes the Alberta Infant Motor Scale, MAI, NSMDA, Baileys II and the Movement ABC2. These can be used to monitor your high risk infant, or to assist in making an intervention plan.
Serial casting is a specialist technique used to stretch tight muscles. It can be very effective in growing children and is often used in conjunction with interventions such as Botox. Kay has many years of experience in serial casting, and can provide all of the necessary materials.
Clubfoot is a foot deformity, where a babies foot is abnormally pointed and twisted. It can be effectively treated with stretching, casting and other methods all of which Kay is highly experienced in.
With early specialist treatment, most children born with clubfoot will eventually wear normal shoes and lead active lives, including participating in sports.
Hydrotherapy programs are highly individualised to meet your Childs needs.
Water allows your child freedom of movement, relief of pain or muscle spasm, the opportunity to improve their flexibility or joint range and the chance to improve their strength or endurance. More importantly exercises in water give a feeling of well being and are fun.