Paediatric Physiotherapy

Integration of the whole body is critical in the development and maturation of the nervous system as a child grows. At BPS Tensegrity we view the body as a whole and understand the interconnectedness between all systems that contribute to play and function.

How is our Approach to Paediatric Care Different at BPS?

Our child and family centered approach to paediatric care harnesses your child’s strengths and uses them to challenge their weaknesses. It develops skills beyond those of strength and balance through targeted multi system assessment and bio-mechanics analysis via movement.

This pyramid diagram depicts the interconnected nature of the body’s main sensory systems. Any disturbance in proprioception, motor planning, ocular motor control or behavior can directly impact function, learning and behavior. This rings true in many children, which is why care cannot be standardised to a simple bear crawl. Each child requires detailed assessment and specialised programming tailored to their strengths, weaknesses, interests and engagements.

Following this structure our families have noted “huge improvements” in the following areas:

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  • less fatigue throughout the year
  • less anxiety / frustration with school sporting events
  • more motivation
  • “almost played a full half of soccer (20mins = full half) without showing signs of fatigue”
  • saved 6/10 goals when played goalie position
  • generally more happy and relaxed
  • better concentration
  • “Smashing OT sessions from the work you do with him”
  • Parents have noted “such a positive attitude this year and he seems like nothing is letting him down. We have had no complaints about any sessions across all therapists, so we must be doing something right!”

Delivering quality care goes beyond standard physiotherapy principles and at BPS Tensegrity this is something that we excel in across all ages.

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As our expertise is in whole body biomechanical assessment, we may draw upon our skills in ConnectTherapy (see more in our blog) to create a specific and effective treatment plan for your child.

What to expect in a Paediatric Initial Appointment

Our Paediatric Initial Appointments provide a thorough assessment and run for 60 minutes. Prior to beginning your session you will be required to fill out a Paediatric Medical History Form; this form helps us prepare for your appointment and have a basic understanding of any relevant medical history or developmental changes that may assist in our assessment. One of our experienced Physiotherapists will then sit down with you and your child for a detailed conversation outlining your main concerns and goals.

From here we use a proven and evidence based framework to holistically assess and identify interventions that are most relevant and will be most effective in order to address your child’s needs. We take into account that each child is unique and therefore tailor our assessments to your child taking into consideration all aspects of their care.

As our expertise is in whole body bio-mechanical assessment, we may draw upon our skills in ConnectTherapy (see more in our blog) to create a specific and effective treatment plan for your child. We will then be able to clearly tell you if/how we can best assist you in achieving both you and your child’s goals.

Lastly we will talk you through the types of treatment options, expectations, and timelines for our recommended treatment plan.

What to expect in a Paediatric Follow Up Appointment

Paediatric Follow Up Appointments will be conducted for either 30 mins or 60 mins (as per your child’s needs). These appointments provide tailored private physiotherapy intervention with one of our skilled physiortherapists.

The goal of these sessions is to put into practice the therapists detailed treatment plan with the aim of working towards your child’s goals as created in our initial appointment. Depending on your particular diagnosis the treatment plan may look like; manual therapy, exercise through play, postural cueing and re-education, introduction to pilates, gait re-education, gross motor skill development, fine motor skill development, functional task training, ball-skills, attention to task training, or parent education/up-skilling.

Your child may also be scheduled for a Paediatric Follow Up Appointment intermittently, every 3, 6, or 12 months, to complete objective assessments. These intermittent appointments allow our therapists to monitor your child’s progress with key milestones, update goals and complete any required reports or referrals required to optimise your child’s care.

What is a Paediatric Semi Private?

Paediatric Semi Private Sessions refers to a 60 minute session that is attended by two children at a given time. Both children will have a personalised intervention plan and will have completed both a paediatric initial appointment and a subsequent paediatric follow up appointment/s.

These sessions are thoughtfully constructed by the child’s lead physiotherapist once the child is deemed suitable to begin a shared physiotherapy session. These sessions have many benefits for the involved children inclusive of social peer interaction, methods of communication, inclusive and game based play, a greater sense of independence, sense of positive peer acceptance and so much more.

For more information about whether your child is suitable for a paediatric semi-private session please speak to your leading physiotherapist or contact our reception for more information.