Community Paediatric Physiotherapists work with children, families and carers in order to enable the child to reach their full potential by maximising function and independence and promoting normal movement; aiming to prevent or limit contractures and deformity, and thereby improve quality of life.
The Physiotherapy Service is delivered from a range of locations, on a one-to-one or group basis, directly or indirectly to enable others to meet the needs of the child, with an emphasis on early intervention. We provide physiotherapy at all five child development centres (CDC’s) in the city and see children in a range of other locations. These include nurseries, mainstream and special schools, health centres, hospitals and family homes.
We teach families and carers about the condition the child presents with and the programme of activities required to either maintain or to develop skills. Partnership with parents and school and nursery staff is essential. We also work in close partnership with other professionals from Health, Education and Social Care.
Who is it for?
The Pediatric Physiotherapy Service provide a community service to:
babies / children with delay in gross motor skills which may be affecting their developmental progress
babies / children with abnormal muscle tone and / or patterns of movement
babies / children with conditions which affect or compromise normal childhood development
children with musculoskeletal conditions requiring physiotherapy input
offer advice and recommendations for specialist equipment or orthotics which will assist in achieving either postural control / management or mobility