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.

Physiotherapy for Children and Babies
We have a team of physiotherapists who specialise in services to babies, toddlers and children that focus on improving a child’s functional movement abilities though the use of clinical interventions such as strengthening, stretching, movement training, motor learning and play.

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.

Occupational Therapy for Babies, Toddlers and Children
We have a team of occupational therapists who specialise in services to babies, toddlers and children that focus on improving a child’s abilities in their functional performance. This performance is in areas such as sensory processing including focus and attention, activities of self care, including toileting, dressing, sleep and mealtimes, play, school tasks such as fine motor coordination, bilateral coordination, handwriting, scissor skills, and planning and organisational skills.

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.

Speech Pathology for Babies, Toddlers and Children
Our team of speech and language pathologists specialise in services to babies, toddlers and children that focus on improving a child’s functional communication abilities through the use of various interventions such as play, social skills, use of technology, sound and phonological awareness, receptive language approaches and pre-literacy and literacy approaches.

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.

Qigong for Babies, Toddlers and Children
Qigong Sensory Protocol is a protocol of massage which has been developed over the course of 14 years and 10 peer-reviewed research studies and is based on Chinese medicine. Qigong massage has been used for over 3000 years to treat medical conditions and improve health in children.

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
Clinical Pilates for Babies, Toddlers and Children
WizeTherapy is offering a Pilates movement program that offers both land based and reformer exercises for children as young as 2 years of age. Our program allows children to work efficiently with improved motor control. The program is ideal for children with hypermobility, motor co-ordination difficulties, hypotonia, movement modulation difficulties, reduced kinaesthetic feedback or general weakness. Additional complimentary neurodevelopmental approaches combined with reformer based exercise can also be beneficial for children with neuromuscular conditions.

Our Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology  services can be accessed at our Booragoon, Atwell 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.

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