Q Paediatrics strives to optimise a child’s function throughout all stages of development. This may include infants who are not achieving the appropriate milestones, toddlers who are having difficulty acquiring new gross motor skills or school age children who are having difficulty completing the required fine motor skills of the classroom or trouble participating in physical activities with their peers in class and in the playground.
We understand the great impact having difficulties with motor development can have on a child’s social, emotional and psychological development. We also appreciate the impact this can have on parents.
To gain a full understanding of any motor difficulties or delays Q Paediatrics will perform sensory motor assessments alongside a discussion with parents. From this assessment a physiotherapy program will be developed that both meets the physical needs of the child and the social context of the family to optimise a child’s motor development and skills.
Physiotherapy programs may include a number of elements including:
- Simple strategies to gain incidental activity
- A home exercise program
- Involvement in our Hard Core Kids® program
- Advice in regards to community programs
- Individual exercise sessions
We know that the key to success in treating developmental delays or difficulties is to engage the child in the program. The clinic and its physiotherapists strive to provide an environment and a program that achieves this and in turn sees the child progress in their motor development.
Growth Related Conditions
Growth can impact a child’s body in a number of ways. Muscles and bones grow at different rates and this can result in both a tightening and weakening of a child’s muscles. This can result in a functional impact on the physical performance of a child with parents often reporting a reduction in co-ordination and skill on the sporting field as well as an increase in growth related injuries.
Some of the most common growth related injuries are joint apophysitis – including knee pain (Osgood-Schlatter or Sinding-Larsen-Johansen) and heel pain (Sever’s disease). These conditions are self-limiting however physiotherapy aims to provide advice in regards to activity levels, education of treatment techniques that can be implemented at home and exercise prescription aimed to developing the correct muscle balances.
Some children experience “growing pains” during stages of their development. Whilst the underlying cause of “growing pains” continues to be debated there is no denying the condition exists and the impact it can have on children and families is significant. Often some simple strategies can be implemented at home and advice in regards to activity can reduce the impact of these pains. Strengthening exercises can also help to address any underlying weaknesses and imbalances present in the muscular system.