Paediatric Physiotherapy

About our Paediatric Physiotherapy Services

  • NDIS Approved Provider

  • Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

  • Paediatric Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

  • Connective Tissue Disorders

  • Growth and Development Concerns

  • Infant Assessment and Physiotherapy Care

  • Transition to School Program

  • Neurological Conditions

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What is Paediatric Physiotherapy?

Paediatric physiotherapy is a branch of physiotherapy that focuses on the treatment of specific paediatric conditions, musculoskeletal conditions and neurological conditions in children from 0 to 16 years of age. It is undertaken by therapists with a particular interest in these age groups and in this area of physiotherapy, with additional training and knowledge to the variety of conditions that children may have. We treat infants and babies with developmental concerns, children that may have trouble focusing, are a little clumsy on their feet, or be slightly delayed with coordination, walking, running or other motor and functional concerns. We are also interested in treating children and adolescents with more complex, neurological deficit that require ongoing management and support through the different phases of the child’s growth.

Amie, Paediatric Physiotherapist

Amie Rice Mooyman

As a mother of two young girls (Lily 5yrs and Arabella 2.5yrs), I have experienced first-hand the stress and anxieties that come with being a parent with regards to development and delayed milestones. As we have learned, there is no strict timeline with regards to development, every child develops at a different rate and develops skills in certain areas before others. There is a lot of emphasis placed on children attaining certain milestones by a certain age…

It is all over social media, meaning we are forever comparing our own children to others. It’s no wonder every parent then experiences thoughts such as ‘why is my child is rolling everywhere as opposed to crawling on all fours?’, or ‘why isn’t our 5 month old rolling yet, when all other children in my mother’s group are?’.

I agree with the philosophy that time should be better spent enjoying our child’s company and valuing connection and play over attaining specific milestones. As a paediatric physiotherapist, I aim to reassure parents and give them strategies to work on motor skills if needed, so they can get back to enjoying the early years with less stress. If we are less concerned about milestones and can focus on providing our children with a stimulating environment, activities to challenge movement in different ways, and a variety of activities and materials, this will promote neural plasticity and hence maximise development across all areas. As a mother, I know that the early stages go by so fast, and you realise you spent more of that time stressing over tummy-time or comparing your child to others, rather than enjoying the moment. They do catch up eventually, and if we are worried to seek help sooner rather than later.

A child’s development is multi-faceted, involving emotional, social, cognitive, sensory, and physical components. I believe in addressing all areas of development to allow a child to thrive and maximise participation in their environment. This will enhance their self-esteem and confidence and lay down the framework for optimal wellness into adulthood, which I believe is important!

I spent the most of my childhood and adolescence training for gymnastics, and as such found myself at a Physiotherapy Clinic a lot of that time. That sparked my interest in injury prevention and rehab and finding a way to balance injury management and prevention with gruelling training schedules. I enjoy working with gymnasts, dancers and other athletes as I can relate to what they might be going through and can work with them to create an optimal return to sport and injury management plan.

Jenny Kim, Paediatric Physiotherapist

Jenny Kim

I have always loved working with children, and have always held a passion in the field of paediatrics. Not only working with disadvantaged children, but being one of the first people that can help guide children across all age groups, all skills and at different milestones. Being in a position where I know I am able to have a positive impact, not only to children, but to parents and families with concerns about their growing child is something that is of significance to me…

As a paediatric physiotherapist, I see the value and importance of every individual being able to have an equal opportunity to participate in activities of importance to them. As much as I have enjoyed being able to help those in the adult realm of musculoskeletal injuries and pain, I am passionate about helping children achieve gains to create a change from early in their growth, thereby allowing support to optimise function throughout their lifespan.

Every child is unique in their own way, and grows both physically and cognitively at different rates. It’s only natural for parents, and their child to feel anxious or lost at some point through this time. I strive to be a therapist that can assess and guide the family in a holistic manner. This is achieved by becoming familiar with the child’s experience and situation, and communicating at a level at which the child is empowered to express their own concerns.

I have always held pride in working in allied health. My foundations of physiotherapy stem from my will to reach out and help others, and from a young age, was always intrigued by the care and help of health professionals. I, myself, have been in and out of hospital, and been through experiences that have shaped me today. I understand how stressful situations can be, especially from the perspective as a child going through medical and therapy appointments. I therefore know how powerful it can be in my position, to deliver care, education and experience to families that come through the door.

I am thrilled to have this opportunity myself, to deliver both my passion for my work, and to interact with children and families in a positive way.

Baby Physio

Paediatric physiotherapists play an important part in the early development years of babies. Conditions treated early can have positive effects for the rest of their childhood. A paediatric physio works with babies treating multiple conditions including:

  • Development delay
  • Plagiocephaly
  • Torticollis (wry neck)
  • Brachial plexus palsy
  • Foot deformities
  • Prematurity

Child Physio

When working with children paediatric physiotherapists have to consider the impact of their conditions and their integrations with schooling, sports and social activities. Some conditions specific to children that we treat include:

  • Transition to school
  • Developmental delay (clumsy child)/DCD,
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism
  • Musculoskeletal injuries

Adolescent Physio

As children grow older, they become more adventurous and often end up with injuries while playing with their friends, playing sports or just looking to integrate with their peers. They may try to play like an adult however their growing bodies still have some limitations. A paediatric physio treats these conditions and injuries carefully, keeping close attention to these issues including issues such as:

  • Growth plate injuries
  • Paediatric musculoskeletal injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Autism
NDIS physio

NDIS Paediatric Physiotherapists

At Advantage Healthcare & Physiotherapy we are registered providers with the NDIS. If you are looking for a provider of physiotherapy with the NDIS for your infant, child or adolescent don’t hesitate in contacting us. We provide physiotherapy for children who are NDIS participants who are self-managed, plan-managed or NDIA managed.

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