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The Physiotherapist (PT) works as part of a team of professionals and brings to the team a knowledge of the normal development of movement. The PT has a special interest in your child’s physical abilities such as rolling, crawling, sitting, walking, climbing and jumping, and will help your child to develop the movement skills necessary at each stage of development.

When assessing your child, the PT will discuss your concerns about your child’s physical abilities, observe how your child moves and what he/she can do, and why some activities are difficult. The PT will also assess your child’s muscle tone, your child’s balance, coordination and motor skills, and how well he/she functions in his/her everyday activities.

If your child has complex ongoing needs, the PT will help you and your child manage their condition as he/she moves towards their highest level of independence and mobility.

A PT plan may include, but is not limited to:

  • An initial assessment;
  • Working together with children and their families, caregivers, daycare and school staff and other agencies to provide individualized treatment plans suited to the child and family’s strengths and needs;
  • Direct therapy, either individual or group;
  • Determining the need for equipment such as special seating, walkers, and standers;
  • Home programs for use by parents, caregivers, daycare and school staff; and
  • Ongoing monitoring in which the therapist trains someone else involved with the child on a more regular basis to carry out the plan. The PT is in regular contact with the person who carries  out the plan.