What will happen in my child’s physiotherapy appointment?

Once your child’s referral has been received, they will be seen within six weeks. The initial appointment may take 45-60 minutes during which the physiotherapist will start by asking some questions about your child’s birth history, development and any concerns that you may have.

The child’s needs and areas of difficulty in movement will then be assessed. This may involve your child being undressed in order for an effective assessment to be made.  You may wish to bring shorts for your child to wear. Any areas of concern and the treatment plan will then be discussed with parents/carer(s).

Follow up appointments will be discussed and arranged between the parent/carer(s) and Physiotherapist on an individual basis.

Follow up physiotherapy sessions usually last approximately 30-45 minutes and parent/carer(s) are expected to stay with their child throughout the session. 

Physiotherapy treatments include activities to help them move , stretches and exercise.  Your child’s physiotherapist may use their hands to help your child move in a way that encourages strengthening of their muscles. Children learn best when they are interested and having fun. Play-based activities are perfect for children to develop their motor skills.   Older children also learn when they are relaxed and engaged, so although the sessions may be more formal, we try to make sure they are interesting and fun.

Treatments take place on an individual basis or in a group session, depending upon the child’s needs.

Children and their parent/carer(s) are encouraged to take an active part in their physiotherapy treatment. If appropriate, an individual home exercise programme that complements the treatment they receive in sessions is provided. This programme may also be taught to school staff, if appropriate.

Parents / carer(s) and any other people who are involved in the day-to-day care of your child will be asked to carry out exercises, games and activities between our therapy sessions.  We will support and teach you how to help your child move / carry out exercises during the therapy session so that you feel confident supporting your child at home.  This will enable your child to progress on their physiotherapy targets. You are your child's best therapist.  This is an extremely important part of the therapy. We need children to use and practice their new skills in everyday life.

Where will the physiotherapy sessions take place?

At the Child Development Centre

Sometimes we offer home and school/nursery visits, if suitable.

Please contact us via the CITS advice on 01895 488200 or email citsadmin.cnwl@nhs.net  if you are unable to attend an appointment for any reason or want to discuss your appointment further.

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