At your first physiotherapist appointment we will ask you to tell us about your child to gain an understanding of their physical development and the nature of your concerns.
We will look at your child’s physical abilities e.g. movement, balance and co-ordination. From this assessment we will be able to identify areas of need and your child’s strengths.
After discussion with you we will form an individual plan of activities to encourage your child’s physical development and strengthen or mobilise muscles and joints. This may include ‘hands on’ therapy or a programme of activities to be carried out by parents/carers or by the young person themselves. We may suggest different positions for play, feeding, dressing etc. You will be supported in learning how to carry out these activities by your child’s Physiotherapist and will be given a written programme of the activities. It is sometimes useful to have additional information about your child’s condition or how to access further information and your physiotherapist will provide this wherever possible.
Physiotherapists sometimes use specialist equipment and mobility aids and often see your child jointly with other professionals such as Occupational Therapists, Portage Workers, etc.
Following this initial assessment (which may take more than one appointment) and with your consent, the Physiotherapist may share their findings and recommended activities with other professionals involved with your child. This may include:
- Health visitors
- Occupational therapists
- Speech and language therapists
- Education staff
We feel that it is really important to work in partnership with all other professionals and agencies involved with your child to maximise his or her physical abilities and potential.