Physiotherapy

 

Physiotherapists are regulated health professionals, licensed with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, who work with infants, children and adolescents with a variety of neurological, orthopaedic and cardio-pulmonary difficulties to help them achieve their maximum level of functional independence and mobility.

Physiotherapists work with the family and other caregivers to incorporate exercise and activity into the child’s daily routine in order to:

  • Develop gross motor skills such as rolling, sitting, crawling, standing and walking
  • Develop strength
  • Stretch tight muscles
  • Gain endurance, promote balance, coordination and fitness
  • Improve their walking pattern
  • Foster independence and increase participation in daily activities and routines at home, school, daycare and in the community

Practical suggestions may be given regarding:

  • positioning for activities of daily living
  • adapting toys for play
  • expanding mobility options
  • using equipment effectively and safely

Physiotherapy Services at the Children’s Treatment Centre may include the following:

  • Direct therapy, either individual or groups, offered by a therapist or therapy assistant
  • Home programs for use by parents, caregivers, day care staff
  • Education and support
  • PoolTherapy
  • Prescription of equipment such as mobility aids, walkers, crutches and standers
  • Assessment and consultation services for children in licensed childcare and schools

Our Physiotherapists and Physiotherapist Assistants use special equipment such as therapy balls and rolls, free weights, exercise equipment, parallel bars, walkers and standers. The type(s) of intervention chosen will depend on the needs of the child, parents and caregivers.