Children’s physiotherapy is a specialization in physiotherapy, which focusses on children. Child physiotherapists are specialized in the development and movement of children. Children learn how to move by playing, falling down, getting up and trying again. Sometimes this can take longer than expected or differ in progress for different reasons, which can result in a set-back which makes further development more difficult. When this is the case, a children’s physiotherapist can offer support. Working with the child, utilizing the child’s understanding of its environment, the therapist will stimulate its development by means of play.
The children’s physiotherapist will give the parents tips and advice about how to assist the child with exercises at home on a daily basis to optimize the child’s normal development as much as possible.
As children develop in different ways (motorial, socio-emotionally and mentally), it is often important to look at the development of the child from different angles. That is why it is so important that the therapist has contact with the GP, pediatrician, physical therapist and other specialists as elocutionist, podotherapist, child-psychologist or (pedagogue) teacher.
- Posture deviations like scoliosis
- Abnormal walking pattern like walking on your toes
- Orthopedical ailments
- Sports injuries
- Difficulties with sensory information processing
- Development handicaps due to autism, , ADHD, ODD, DCD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder,
- Development Coordination Disorder)
- Neurological handicaps like CP (Cerebral Palsey)
- Mental retardation with motorial problems
- Overweight, obesity and/or concentration problems
- Problems with fine motor skills like coloring, cutting of writing
- handicaps as rheumatism, osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease)
- respiration problems like asthma, hyperventilation and bronchitis
- urinal or feces problems
- babies with a preferred stance/posture and/or flat head, asymmetrical infant
- babies with orthopedical problems like clubfoot or hip-dysplasia
- babies and children with a set-back in motor skills development
- ToP program: development support for premature born babies