Movement Disorders

Children with Movement Disorders require early intervention to give them the opportunity to participate in life to the best of their ability.

Movement Disorders is a broad spectrum term used for children who experience difficulty with a wide range of movements.  Specific diagnoses include:
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spinal cord Injury
  • Acquired Brain Injury including Stoke and head injury.
  • Muscle Disorders including Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Children with Movement Disorders require early intervention to give them the opportunity to participate in life to the best of their ability.

Child First Paediatric Therapy provides an interdisciplinary team of therapists including Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists and Physiotherapists.  Some children with movement disorders will use only one of the therapies but other children will be looked after by a combination to best meet their goals.

Our Cerebral Palsy Therapy Services Aims to Make Positive Changes in Kids’ and Parents’ Lives

Our team of paediatric therapists is experienced in working with children and their families.  The assessment process includes a comprehensive examination of your child’s movement difficulties using a range of standardised and non-standardised assessments.  Taking time to learn about the concerns and difficulties your child encounters in everyday life also forms an important component of our assessment.

Following the initial assessment, your therapists will work closely with you and your child to tailor an individual treatment program based on the specific needs of your family.

Children with movement disorders experience a wide range of challenges and the treatment approach will vary accordingly.  The therapy programs are goal orientated, with your child’s therapist supporting you to implement strategies into the home environment.  Intervention may include:

  • Hands on treatment either in the therapy gym, at home or at school
  • Individual exercise programs
  • Positioning
  • Respiratory management and advice
  • Equipment prescription including standing frames, walking aids and wheelchairs
  • Casting following Botox
  • Hand and arm therapy using the Saebo dynamic orthotics
  • Liaison with other professionals including teachers, Paediatricians and carers
Cerebral Palsy Therapy at Child First Paediatric Therapy

The team at Child First Paediatric Therapy is very experienced in providing Cerebral Palsy therapy to children and adolescents.

All children with Cerebral Palsy experience some element of Movement Disorder, however, some children also present with additional difficulties, such as cognition and communication.  With this in mind, our interdisciplinary approach ensures all the needs of your child are addressed in a coordinated fashion.  Staff providing Cerebral Palsy therapy are here to support your child as they progress through the different stages of life, ensuring they function at their highest level possible to reach their full potential.

Child First Paediatric Therapy has close links with the Cerebral Palsy International Sport and Recreation Association.  Consequently, our paediatric physiotherapists have an in depth knowledge of accessible sporting options, which play an important component of our Cerebral Palsy therapy.  Enjoyment and participation in sport also greatly contributes to improved quality of life and enhanced self-esteem of your child.

We Offer Cerebral Palsy Therapy to Help Kids Independently Carry Out Everyday Tasks

Our paediatric Occupational Therapists are experienced in providing Cerebral Palsy therapy to assist your child to become more independent with everyday tasks.  This may include:

  • Treatment for fine motor control addressing activities such as; hand writing, use of switches, scissors or buttons
  • Work on activities of daily living such as; washing, dressing and eating
  • Postural and seating assessments for wheelchairs or bed positioning systems
  • Prescription of equipment help make everyday tasks a little easier
  • Assessment of the home or school to assist with access

The Speech Pathology team at Child First Paediatric Therapy will use a range of strategies to enable your child to communicate to their full potential.  Treatment will also assist with swallowing, eating and saliva management.

Cerebral Palsy therapy at Child First Paediatric Therapy will enrich your child’s life by enabling them to explore and experience activities that they might not otherwise be able to do independently.