Your Child's Hospital Journey
Physiotherapists aim to help to get the best movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness, developmental delay or other disability. A paediatric physiotherapist has a sound knowledge of childhood development, how patterns of movement develop from birth, and a wide range of clinical conditions.
A Physiotherapist will work closely with the children, young people and their families to formulate individual management programmes in order to achieve their maximum potential. These may include:
- Gross Motor Skills (running, jumping, climbing).
- Developmental support (mastering early skills such as rolling and crawling).
- Improving posture and positioning to enable maximum functional ability.
- Recommending appropriate equipment, aids and splints to support posture and function.
- Home exercises.
Common Paediatric Musculoskeletal conditions
Click links below for further information including home exercises.
Information Leaflets for parents, practitioners, teachers and carers
Click here for links to universal advice sheets from the Association of Peadiatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP).
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/physical-activity-guidelines-children-and-young-people/ - Physical activity guidelines for children and young people (NHS)
https://apcp.csp.org.uk/content/information-parents - Information and useful resources for parents from the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP)
https://www.cpipuk.org/ - Information for children and carers on the Cerebral Palsy Integrated Pathway (CPIP), a framework for the assessment of the musculoskeletal system in children with cerebral palsy.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people - Simple activities and play ideas to help you develop your child's communication skills
How to contact the team
Children can be referred to Physiotherapy, by your GP, Consultant Paediatrician or other medical professionals.
For guidance on how to make a referral to the service please click here.