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Movement is an important aspect of development for babies and children. Movement allows babies and children to explore their bodies, their environment, and all the things in their world. Being able to move easily and successfully is essential for learning and growing. Paediatric physiotherapists work with children and their families to improve the child’s ability to move and participate in all the things they need and want to do, like playing, learning, going to school, and being part of a family and community.

Helping children through physiotherapy is quite different to helping adults. Children are built differently, move differently and think differently from adults. It is important that your child sees a Paediatric Physiotherapist who has a good understanding of these differences and is experienced in managing the various aspects of child development to ensure the best outcomes for your child.

Our Paediatric Physiotherapist can do the following things for you:

  1. Comprehensive assessment and analysis of your child’s movement difficulties

  2. Provide  you with information and education about how your child can be helped

  3. Deliver evidence-based and focused interventions and therapy to help your child to achieve their full potential:


  • Individualised therapy – To work towards your child’s goals

  • Hands-on therapy – To help your child to improve their movement abilities

  • Exercise and activity programs – To help reinforce and consolidate what your child has learnt during their therapy sessions

  • Coordination and strengthening programs – To help your child move and perform to the best of their abilities

  • Rehabilitation programs following injury, fracture, illness or surgery – To help your child get back to their best as quickly and safely as possible

  • Orthotic analysis and prescription

Some reasons you might seek the help of Paediatric Physiotherapy

  • You have concerns about your child’s development, particularly their achievement of movement and play skills

  • Your baby feels ‘floppy’ or ‘stiff’ to hold

  • You are a new parent and would like help with learning baby handling and play skills and helping your baby learn to move

  • Your baby was born prematurely, and you would like help to support their development

  • Your baby or child has a diagnosed neurological, neurodevelopmental or neuromuscular condition, such as cerebral palsy or Down syndrome, which is causing or may cause movement difficulties

  • Your child seems to have poor posture, clumsiness, frequent trips or falls, poor balance and/or coordination

You have concerns about your baby’s or child’s muscles, joints or bones

  • Your baby has a flat spot on the back of their head

  • Your baby always lies with their head turned to one side

  • You are concerned about the alignment, shape or position of your baby’s or child’s feet, knees or legs

  • Your child complains of pain in their joints or muscles

  • Your child needs rehabilitation following an injury, fracture or surgery

If you suspect that your child is showing symptoms of movement difficulties, please book an appointment with our Paediatric Physiotherapist for a consultation.

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