Paediatric Occupational Therapy and Paediatric Physiotherapy

Paediatric Occupational Therapy

Paediatric Occupational TherapyPaediatric Occupational Therapists help children to function with maximum independence in their “life roles” or occupations.

For children this means being able to use their bodies and minds in a purposeful way for play, to achieve developmental milestones and to achieve fine and gross motor, self help and perceptual skills at an appropriate level to enable them to learn, be able to achieve at school and to participate in activities of their choice.

children's occupational therapy Sometimes a child’s developmental progress does not always seem to be straight forward and they may appear to be struggling in one specific area, e.g. handwriting, or across a range of areas including developing basic milestones such as rolling, sitting and grasping toys, or cutting with scissors and other hand skills, doing PE activities at school and learning to dress themselves.

As a Paediatric Occupational Therapist, areas I can help with are;

• Poor fine motor skills including difficulty with using two hands together, pencil skills and handwriting

• Poor fine and gross motor coordination and motor planning skills including the difficulties commonly found in Dyspraxia or Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

children's OT • Slower progress with achieving the physical developmental milestones of early childhood, also known as “positions for play”, e.g. rolling, side lying, sitting and kneeling

• Slower development of early play skills such as grasping and operating toys

• Poor planning and organisational skills

• Difficulties with visual perception, particularly when it affects handwriting ability

• Difficulties with the development of self help skills including washing, dressing, eating and toileting

• Difficulties with concentration, focussing attention and social skills

• Assessment for the provision of specialist equipment to support children in activities of daily living

Paediatric Physiotherapy

Paediatric Physiotherapist children's physiotherapy As an experienced Paediatric Physiotherapist, I am able to assess babies and children and identify any areas of physical development, movement, coordination or injury that may prevent them reaching their full potential.

I am then able to offer tailored treatments which best meet the needs of the baby or child and their family. Treatment will be fun and challenging, helping the baby or child to achieve the best that they possibly can.

Paediatric Physiotherapists assess and treat babies and children with a wide range of conditions including:

Paediatric Physiotherapy • Delays in a child’s development of movement or in their milestones such as sitting, crawling or walking.

• Neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida.

• Orthopaedic conditions such as torticollis (head turn preference) or plagiocephaly (shaping of the babies head)

• Genetic or chromosomal disorders such as Down syndrome

• Musculoskeletal conditions requiring treatment

• Premature infants with delayed development

• Children with poor gross motor coordination such as with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).

• Children requiring intensive Physiotherapy after surgery, for example after Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy.

 or, ring Karen Bowden [for OT] 07743 033793 or Cathryn McMaster [for Physio] 07748 503293

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