22 Dec 2020

Physiotherapy for children with disability: An Overview

Our team of physiotherapists support children with a disability to fulfil their potential and reach their goals. We work with children, young people and their families with physical and multiple disabilities across Brisbane. Over the past two years we have expanded our therapy service into Ipswich, Logan, North Lakes, Wooloowin and the northern Gold Coast area, to enable more children and families to live better lives. In this article we take a look at the role that physiotherapy plays.


What is a Physiotherapist?

According to Allied Health Professionals Australia “Physiotherapists are experts in the structure of the human body and its movement. They work with people of all ages to treat a broad range of health conditions. They are involved in the assessment, diagnosis, planning and management of patient care.”


A Paediatric Physiotherapist specialises in physiotherapy for children and may support children of all ages from birth through to late adolescence.


What do they do?

At Xavier, we believe that the role of our physiotherapy team is to support children to get the most out of everyday life and to participate in the physical parts to the best of their ability.


Who can benefit from physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy can help children who need support to develop their physical skills or abilities. Children (and adults) with any of the following conditions may be supported by a Physiotherapist.

  • Gross motor delay
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Spina Bifida
  • Down Syndrome
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Hypotonia
  • Muscular Dystrophy or other neuromuscular challenges
  • Torticollis/Plagiocephaly
  • Other genetic disorders
  • Weight challenges

Further information

 Visit our Physiotherapy page for further information on how we can support your child or call the Xavier team on 1800 XAVIER.