Pediatric physiotherapy is the delivery of physiotherapy services to children and youth, from birth to 21 years of age. Our pediatric physiotherapy services include a comprehensive assessment of a child’s gross motor function and posture, including strength, posture, gait, flexibility, balance, coordination and sensory processing.
We work closely with family members, caregivers, teachers, doctors and other health care professionals on your child’s integrated healthcare team to develop goals based on the child’s function and the family’s needs with a focus on optimizing participation in daily activities.
Our pediatric physiotherapists have experience treating congenital and acquired conditions, some unique to children and adolescents, including:
- Cerebral palsy
- Down syndrome
- Developmental delay
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Postural issues: torticollis, scoliosis, metatarsus adductus
- Idiopathic toe walking
- Spina bifida and neural tube defects
- Muscular dystrophy
- Brachial plexus
- Juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA)
- Osteogenesis imperfecta
- Respiratory conditions such as cystic fibrosis or asthma
In addition, we provide treatment for injuries, including the following:
- Sports and recreation injuries
- Congenital muscular torticollis
- Muscle and ligament injuries/tears
- Joint stiffness and pain
- Post-fracture treatment
Subsequent treatment can include manual therapy, hands-on facilitation, education, referrals to other specialists, and/or prescription of a home exercise program.
Infants, toddlers and young children who require physiotherapy intervention may not fully grasp the purpose or function of therapy services; as such our pediatric physiotherapy sessions incorporate functional play and exciting motivators while creating a fun atmosphere to help accomplish therapy goals.
For youth and adolescents who have suffered an injury, we help them to understand their injury in a way that is easy for them to understand and help them to feel valued throughout their rehabilitation process.
Every child’s goals and needs are uniquely different. Find out more about our approach and the pediatric physiotherapist’s role in your child’s rehabilitation.
If you feel your child may benefit from pediatric physiotherapy services, please contact us for more information.