20 Nov 2020

A Guide to Physiotherapy for Children with disability

Children (and adults) might see a physiotherapist for a number of reasons such as to support recovery after a trauma (surgery for example) or injury, to improve movement or posture or to improve their participation in physical activity. For children with disability, physiotherapy supports them to meet their physical goals and enjoy physical activity to the best of their ability.


What does a physiotherapist do?

According to the Allied Health Professionals Australia definition “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. Physiotherapists are involved in the assessment, diagnosis, planning and management of patient care.” Paediatric physiotherapists work with infants from birth, children, through to late adolescence and young adults.


Our belief

At Xavier, we believe that the role of our physiotherapists is to support children to fulfil their potential and participate in the physical aspects of life to the best of their ability. Our physios are a passionate and dedicated bunch and we will work closely with you to support your child to meet their individual needs and goals.


Who can be supported through physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy can help any child who needs support with their physical skills or abilities. Our team of physios work with children with diagnoses such as:

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

Further information

Find out more about how we can help your child with disability to meet their physical therapy goals  call the Xavier team on 1800 XAVIER, email or visit our physiotherapy page.