Sometimes children may just need an ‘extra hand’ to meet their developmental milestones such as gross motor, fine motor, language and communications. Our therapists provide physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology services so that your child can communicate well in all environments, achieve their potential academically, have fun with indoor and outdoor play, and interact socially and emotionally with their families and others.
Some common concerns of parents of babies, toddlers and children that paediatric physiotherapists at Wize Therapy can assist with are:
• Babies who have flat spots on the back of their heads and/or difficulty turning their heads.
• Babies who are having difficulty tolerating tummy time.
• Babies and toddlers who seem to be slow in achieving motor milestones such as rolling, sitting, crawling, standing and walking.
• Babies who are born prematurely.
• Toddlers who have bow legs, pigeon toes, or knock knees.
Our physiotherapy team has extensive experience in working with children with specific diagnoses such as Juvenile Arthritis, Perthes Disease, Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome, Hypermobility Syndrome and sporting injuries. In addition, some common concerns of parents of young children in primary school that paediatric physiotherapists at WizeTherapy can assist with are children who display the following challenges:
• difficulties with co-ordination, balance, walking and running.
• frequent falls.
• difficulties climbing and playing on playground equipment.
• growing pains.
• difficulties with strength and endurance during physical activities.
Some common concerns that our paediatric occupational therapists at WizeTherapy can assist with are:
• Babies who are not feeding or sleeping well.
• Babies who are having difficulty tolerating tummy time and using their arms to support themselves.
• Babies and toddlers who seem to be slow in achieving fine motor milestones such as reach, grasp and release.
• Babies and toddlers who are fussy and difficult to settle.
• Toddlers and children who are clumsy, show poor coordination and poor exploration during play.
• Children who seem to be showing difficulties with using two hands in a coordinated way.
• Children who seem to be showing difficulties with strength and endurance during play activities.
• Children who seem to be slow in achieving pre-literacy and early school skills.
• Babies and children who seem to be showing difficulties an over-reaction or a lack of reaction to certain sensory experiences, eg. sensitive to smells or tastes, over-reactive to certain touch experiences, does not experience pain, fidgety and wiggle more than others, etc.
Some common concerns that our paediatric speech and language pathologists can assist with are:
• Babies who are not feeding well.
• Babies who are having difficulty developing first words and/or signs of communication.
• Toddlers and children who seem to show delayed use of verbal and non-verbal language during play.
• Toddlers and children who seem to show fussy and resistive eating behaviours.
• Children who seem to be slow in achieving pre-literacy and early language skills necessary for school success, including articulation and comprehension.
• Children who show difficulties with articulation and sound production.
• Toddlers and children who seem to show delayed social skill behaviours.
The Qigong Sensory Protocol (QST) is a protocol for children with ASD and sensory challenges and is a patting massage designed to improve circulation of the skin and the rest of the body, which is quite different from western massage. The direction of the massage is done away from the head, towards the hands and feet, and thus follows the direction of blood flow and brings oxygenated blood to the skin and sensory nerves.
Chinese medicine believes that children with ASD and sensory challenges are often less aware of their environment and of their bodies because they have blockages in the sensory channels which affect the way that a child can take in information from the environment. The goal of QST is to clear the blockages to the senses so that the child becomes more aware and is then able to learn. Primary studies in QST have shown:
- Decreases in sensory, sleep and digestion issues
- Increases in living skills such as toileting and tooth brushing
- Decreases in autistic behaviours
- Increases in social skills and language
Our Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology services can be accessed at our Booragoon, Butler, Atwell, Lesmurdie and Kelmscott clinics.
For more information on our services for children and babies, please contact us on the link below and one of our friendly staff will be in touch to answer your questions or book your consultation.