The child with low tone has muscles that are slow to initiate a muscle contraction, contract very slowly in response to a stimulus, and cannot maintain a contraction for as long as his peers. This can often associated with hyper flexibility and hypermobility of the joints.
Any significant lag in a child’s physical, cognitive, behavioral, emotional or social development, in comparison with norms. This is when a child has difficulties in reaching age appropriate milestones.
Children born prior to 40 weeks gestation. Intervention is best as early as possible, though therapy is still beneficial when the child is older.
A disorder or condition caused by an absent or defective gene or by a chromosomal aberration. For example Cystic Fibrosis or Down Syndrome.
Conditions resulting from problems during pregnancy or at birth. For example Congenital Torticollis or Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
Conditions affecting the skeleton, muscles and connective tissue system. For example Muscular Dystrophy or Dislocation/Fractures.
Disorders or conditions associated with an undeveloped or injured nervous system – central and peripheral (brain or spinal cord injury), resulting in physical and cognitive challenges. For example Cerebral Palsy or Traumatic Brain Injury.
Children who struggle with tasks requiring complex weight shifts and coordinated movements, often told they are ‘clumsy’; can include neurological reasons. For example Developmental Coordination Disorder or Dyspraxia.
Conditions affecting the lungs and breathing ability. For example Asthma or RSV.
Concerns regarding habitual sitting and standing posture; slouching; leaning; lethargy; low endurance. For example Scoliosis.
Conditions presenting with chronic inflammation and/or rheumatologic markers. For example Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
Neuro-Development Treatment (NDT) is a type of therapy used by physical, occupational, and speech-language therapists for individuals with movement and muscle control challenges. These motor control issues are typically referred to as neuro-motor or neuromuscular dysfunction, and can seriously affect body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, posture and balance. NDT is:
• An advanced 'hands-on' therapeutic approach that helps guide the individual to more efficient functional abilities. It utilizes principles of motor development, motor control, motor learning, and other supporting scientific principles to improve basic body functions.
• Engaging and motivating. Our goal is client motivation through intervention that includes ‘hands-on’ physical guidance strategies, verbal cues, and feedback, gradually adjusting over time according to client’s needs and emerging skills.
• With the client and family at the center, the therapist uses a proven, industry-standard model to assess activity and participation in daily routines. Then, building on the client’s functional strengths, the NDT therapist identifies movement problems and, along with the family and client, sets achievable goals to improve function. (Retrieved from http://www.ndta.org/Resources/Frequently-Asked-Questions
Aquatic Physiotherapy takes place in a heated pool or similar environment under the supervision and control of a trained health care professional.
Aquatic therapy uses the properties of water. This includes but is not limited to the temperature of the water, the immersion, buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, viscosity, and turbulence. This provides a controllable environment for therapeutic rehabilitation, re-education of weak muscles and skill development for neurological and neuromuscular impairment. Secondary effects of Aquatic Physiotherapy include reducing pain and swelling as well as improving cardiovascular fitness, the patient’s well-being and mood. Aquatic physiotherapy also focuses on a client's “water safety”, which is assessed and emphasised before the therapy is commenced.
An assessment & treatment framework developed by Jean-Pierre Maes. It provides detailed analysis of movements & coordination with education strategies both for parent & child.
"Our approach is about treatment strategies based upon an in-depth analysis of the neuro-developmental movement disorder in each individual and a better understanding of how and why this individual moves the way he/she does. From that deep understanding, we guide and educate each client about specific sensory-movement components to make the best use of their own potential for improvement." www.maestherapy.com
Assessment of General and Fidgety Movements using Prechtl's General Movements Assessment (http://general-movements-trust), or Brazelton's Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale.
Therapeutic & positional support in ICU to promote the best possible neuromusculoskeletal and sensory development. Parent training and advice, and support with the transition to the home environment.
We are fully equipped to treat your child's chest and use a variety of techniques including positioning, percussions, nebulising and suctioning as needed.
Screening for children at age-related risk of developing idiopathic scoliosis. Continuous management & referral to a specialist scoliosis physio as indicated.
Comprehensive Assessment and Reports, Joint Minutes, Court Preparation and Appearance as required.
We are also able to provide regular therapy treatment and reports once merit has been established.
We service many schools on a regular basis, however if your school is not one of these we are still prepared to treat your child there - with permission from you and the school of course! We can also come to your home for continuous or once-off treatment sessions.
We are able to provide therapy online as may be required in this day and age! Depending on the age and ability of your child a caregiver may not need to be present if this is more convenient for you. Ideally we would like to conduct a face-to-face assessment first with online treatment following this.
How your child sits, moves and interacts with his environment all day every day has a great impact on his development. We are able to come to your home and/or school to advise on and act on if possible, the necessary changes needed to optimise your child's surroundings.