Physiotherapy & Exercise Physiology

Paediatric Physiotherapy & Exercise Physiology

What is paediatric physiotherapy?

Children with disabilities can benefit greatly from paediatric physiotherapy. By getting to know your child and their unique needs and taking a personalised approach, Adapt and Learn’s paediatric physiotherapists can help to improve their movement, function, and overall physical wellbeing.

Paediatric physiotherapy is a specialised form of therapy where we work to maintain and improve your child’s physical development and health. Using a range of techniques and strategies, this kind of therapy typically begins with a physiotherapy assessment before using exercises, activities, and training techniques that work to improve strength, mobility, motor function, and other physical aspects of your child’s movement and overall health.

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How can a paediatric physiotherapist support your child?

Your paediatric physiotherapist will meet with your child in a one-on-one setting. Here, we’ll learn from you and your child about their development, lifestyle, and areas you’d both like support with. Following this consultation process and an assessment, we’ll begin tackling the most important aspects of your child’s physical development with you. 

This process might include showing you both exercises to improve their strength and muscle tone. It could involve activities to help meet important developmental milestones, like crawling, walking, standing, or sitting down without support. For some children, coordination, body positioning, and posture may be addressed. Physiotherapy can even aid children with respiratory issues or pain and stiffness. 

This process is all personalised to you and your child and will be centred around meeting your needs.

Who do paediatric physiotherapists support?

Physiotherapy can support children with all kinds of disabilities and unique needs. From a developmental delay and chronic pain to children with physical disabilities or neurological conditions. 

As a parent, working out exactly which therapies will suit and support your child best can be difficult. You’re never locked in with Adapt and Learn, and we’re here to help you meet your child’s needs, however suits you and your family the best.

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Therapy delivered in your home or here at our facilities

You and your child have so many different therapies and appointments to juggle. It can be a lot, for you, your child, and the rest of the family. That’s why we offer mobile and in-clinic therapy. So you can choose whichever suits you best.

Why pick Adapt and Learn for your child's Physiotherapy?

Experienced & caring practitioners

Our physiotherapists aren't just highly experienced and knowledgeable in their fields. They bring a tonne of care for your child and family, too.

Support for you, too

Your child's physiotherapist will offer you support as well, taking you through exactly what you can do to support your little one at home.

A commitment to continuity of care

Children thrive with practitioners they know and trust. Your little one will always meet with the same physiotherapist.

Get therapy delivered in your home

Packing up the car and your little one and travelling around to different appointments is tiring. Don't stress. We'll come to you.

Your practitioners talk to each other

The process of sharing progress and updates to your child's care with different practitioners can be draining. With Adapt and Learn, your practitioners all work with each other, taking the burden off of you.

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QUESTIONS?

Frequently Asked Questions

No! If you do have one, then of course, bring it along. However, we do not need a referral from a GP to see your child.

Physiotherapy can benefit children with a wide range of conditions or disabilities, including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, genetic disorders, orthopaedic conditions, neurological conditions, and respiratory conditions. It can also support children who have motor coordination difficulties, sensory processing disorders, or chronic pain.

Physiotherapy for kids typically involves an initial assessment to evaluate the child’s abilities, strengths, and goals. The physiotherapist will then develop a personalised treatment plan that may include a combination of exercises, activities, hands-on techniques, and in some cases, the provision of specialist devices. These sessions are designed to be engaging and fun, often incorporating play-based approaches to keep your little one motivated and involved. 

Paediatric physiotherapy and paediatric exercise physiology for children with disabilities is typically covered in your plan with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Health insurance coverage for paediatric physiotherapy will vary depending on your insurance provider and plan. Most health insurance plans cover paediatric physiotherapy services, but the extent of coverage and conditions may differ.

If you’re unsure, contact your insurance company directly to understand the specifics of your coverage, including the number of sessions allowed, gap payments, and if a referral from a paediatrician or GP is needed.

Physiotherapy plays such an important role in supporting and enhancing the development of motor skills in children. Using targeted exercises and activities, paediatric physiotherapists help children improve their muscle strength, coordination, balance, and flexibility. These activities are often designed to be fun and engaging while being suited to your child’s age and developmental stage.

By understanding specific deficits in your child’s gross motor skills, our paediatric physiotherapists can help your child achieve their developmental milestones, such as sitting, crawling, walking, and running. This is really rewarding for us and for you, the parent, as we enhance your little one’s ability to participate in daily activities and play.

Paediatric physiotherapy is vital in managing cerebral palsy, a group of disorders affecting movement and muscle tone. The therapy focuses on enhancing mobility, reducing stiffness, improving posture, and increasing muscle strength and coordination. Paediatric physiotherapists use a variety of techniques, including stretching exercises, strength training, and movement therapy, to address your child’s specific needs.

It’s our goal to maximise functional independence, reduce discomfort, and improve your child’s overall quality of life. As well as that, our paediatric physiotherapists often work closely with you and your family to create personalised home exercise programs and we can recommend adaptive equipment for your home if we think it’s necessary.

Supporting your child’s progress at home is essential for the success of kids physiotherapy. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Consistently follow the home exercise program recommended by your paediatric physiotherapist. These exercises are designed to reinforce skills learned during those paediatric physiotherapy sessions and continue strength building.
  • Create a safe and encouraging environment for your child to practice new skills.
  • Work these therapeutic activities into your child’s daily routines, like playtime or bath time.
  • Keep track of your child’s progress and note down any challenges they face. Be sure to share this information with your paediatric physiotherapist.
  • Stay informed about your child’s condition and therapy goals. Remember, you’re always welcome to ask your paediatric physiotherapist for advice or resources.
  • Encourage your child positively, celebrating even the smallest achievements to boost their confidence and motivation.

Let's find out how we can best support your child.

With a really personal approach to providing care and support to you and your little one, we’ll always start the process with a conversation. You can get started by giving us a call or requesting a callback.

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Visit our facility or our speech pathologists can visit your home

Making it to our centre isn’t always easy or convenient for you, your child, or the rest of the family. We know squeezing these appointments into your busy life can be tricky. So, we offer both in-centre and mobile therapy, so we can meet you wherever suits you best.

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