Physiotherapy Resources

Conditions

Fine & Gross Motor Development

Delayed Play

What is Delayed Play? Playing is an important part of everyday life for every child. Children learn and hone many skills via play and it is…

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Development Coordination Disorder (Clumsy Kids)

What is Development Coordination Disorder? Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a motor skills disorder that affects five to six percent of all school-aged children. DCD occurs…

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Developmental Delay

What is Developmental Delay? Developmental delay (DD) is a term used when a child is developing skills more slowly than other children in the same age…

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Hypotonia and gross motor skills

What is it ? Hypotonia means low muscle tone. Therefore, hypotonia is really a symptom rather than a specific diagnosis.  It can be caused by a…

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Syndromes

Angelman Syndrome

What is Angelman Syndrome? Angelman Syndrome is a rare neuro-genetic disorder. The syndrome is named after a British paediatrician who first described the syndrome in 1964.…

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Down Syndrome

What is Down Syndrome? Down Syndrome or Trisomy 21 is a chromosomal disorder caused by the presence of all or part of an extra 21st chromosome.…

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Genetic and Metabolic Syndromes

What are Genetic and Metabolic Syndromes? Genetic and metabolic syndromes can be linked and can cover a range of conditions including Angelman’s syndrome, Cri du Chat…

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Hypermobility Syndrome

What is Hypermobility Syndrome? Hypermobility syndrome is a term used to describe overly mobile joints which occurs as a result of the protein collagen being more…

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Rett Syndrome

What is Rett Syndrome? Rett syndrome is a neurological developmental disorder that almost exclusively affects girls.  Its characteristics are – normal early development which then slows,…

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Hypermobility / Musculoskeletal

Back Pain

What is Back Pain? Back Pain is a condition that in the past has most commonly been associated with adults; however, changes in our community’s lifestyle…

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Erb’s Palsy

What is Erb’s Palsy? Erb’s Palsy, also known as brachial plexus paralysis, is a condition involving damage to the nerves that supply the arm in a…

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Flat Feet

What are Flat Feet? Pes Planus (also known as flat feet or fallen arches), is a condition where the arch of the foot either fails to…

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Gait Problems

What are Gait Problems? A gait problem is an umbrella term used to describe problems with a child’s walking pattern which may be caused by a…

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Growing Pains

What are Growing Pains? Growing pains is the term used to describe the aches and pains that children often experience during childhood. They are muscular in…

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Joint pain

What is it ? Many children experience joint pain at some time in their childhood which may be due to a number of different factors. Common…

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Juvenile arthritis

What is juvenile arthritis ? Juvenile   arthritis is a general term that describes all types of arthritis diagnosed in someone under the age of 16 years.…

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Muscular Dystrophy

What is it  ? Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of inherited muscle disorders characterised by progressive muscle weakness. It is caused by a genetic abnormality…

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Obesity in children

The number of overweight children in Australia has been increasing in recent years. According to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2008 one quarter…

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Osgood-Schlatter disease

What is it ? Osgood- Schlatter Disease is a condition that affects the cartilage around the top of the tibial bone, when the patellar tendon (the…

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Perthes disease

What is it ? Perthes disease is a disorder in children affecting the hip joint where the blood supply to the head of femur becomes inadequate.…

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Severs disease

What is it ? Severs disease or calcaneal apophysitis causes heel pain usually in growing children between age nine and fourteen. It occurs as a result…

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Babies

Plagiocephaly

Plagiocephaly – misshapen head Pronounced: Play-gee-o-kef-a-lee What is it? Plagiocephaly is the most common craniofacial problem today. Deformational plagiocephaly, also known as positional plagiocephaly, means a…

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Torticollis

What is Torticollis? Torticollis means twisted neck and if a child has this condition,their head will be tilted to one side while their chin is turned…

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Checklists

Gross Motor Milestones

What are Gross Motor Milestones? Your child’s ability to control movements and respond to his/her environment begins to develop even before birth. Each baby is unique…

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Sensory Processing

Vision Impairment

What is Vision Impairment? Vision impairment is a term that covers many vision problems as well as different kinds of vision loss. Children with vision loss…

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Neurological & Development Delays

Brain Injury

What is Brain Injury? Brain injury is a general term used to describe damage to the brain, and may be caused by hereditary, congenital or degenerative…

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Cerebral Palsy

What is Cerebral Palsy? Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a developmental disability that affects movement. It can result from damage or dysfunction in the developing brain, and…

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Developmental Delay

What is Developmental Delay? Developmental delay (DD) is a term used when a child is developing skills more slowly than other children in the same age…

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Hydrocephalus

What is Hydrocephalus? Hydrocephalus is a condition where there is a build-up of excessive fluid in the brain. The brain normally relies on a certain level…

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Neurological Conditions

Problems with the Brain and Nervous System The nervous system is extremely complicated. The brain has often been likened to a central computer within a vast,…

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Treatments

Bike Riding

Riding on two wheels is such a big milestone for any child and the smile on their face when they first do, it is priceless.  In…

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Electrical Stimulation

What is Electrical Stimulation? Electrical stimulation produces muscle contractions via electrodes placed on the skin. Our Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists may use electrical stimulation to stimulate…

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Enliten Harness System

“Human mobility is a human right, it allows the pursuit of independence throughout life’s journey.” Cole Galloway, University of Delaware Therapies for Kids is a firm…

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Equipment Prescription and Home Modifications

What is Equipment Prescription and Home Modifications? Our experienced team of occupational therapists are able to provide assistance to your family and child in relation to…

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Intensive treatments

Therapies for Kids Director, Debbie Evans, developed the Therapies for Kids Intensive Model of therapy from skills she has developed to mastery (including therapies and treatments…

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Podiatry

What does a Podiatrist do? Podiatrists deal with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs.  Children’s…

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Prehabilitation

What is it? Prehabilitation (or prehab) refers to a block of physiotherapy prior to surgery or botox designed to strengthen your child’s muscles, set up stretching…

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Spider Cage

The Spider Cage is an  addition to the Therapies for Kids repertoire of exciting and fun (but very effective) treatment tools. It is a solid wire…

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Taping and Serial Casting

What is Taping and Serial Casting? We use a number of different taping and splinting tools as adjuncts to therapy to assist us to achieve our…

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Theratogs™ at Therapies for Kids

All therapists at Therapies for Kids are trained in the use of Theratogs™, a strapping technique which maximises the benefit of therapy sessions. Our team of…

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Other

Addition to medicare rebate services

Medicare rebates are now available for children with autism for an eligible health professional to provide up to 20 early intervention treatment services per child per…

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