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What we do

We aim to help your child to reach their full potential to move as independently as possible. We do this by providing one or more of the following:


  • An initial assessment of your child’s needs, diagnosis of the problem, and an individually tailored exercise/ activity programme to target the problem area(s) highlighted in the assessment
  • Group work
  • Paediatric Pilates classes
  • Hydrotherapy sessions
  • 1:1 sessions with a Physiotherapist or a Physiotherapy Assistance (under the guidance of a Physiotherapist)
  • Advice to schools
  • Advice and onward referral to other services, e.g. Paediatricians etc
  • Onward referral to other services, eg. Paediatricians, etc.
  • Joint working with other professionals i.e. Occupational Therapists, key workers, school staff
Our therapy sessions are always child-centred and we mostly work through the medium of play. We understand that parents and carers are busy and that it can sometimes be difficult to find time to do the activities with your child so we aim to make our activity programmes as easy to incorporate into your daily routine as possible. Common conditions we treat include:

 

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Gross Motor Delay
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Toe Walking
  • Plagiocephaly (flattening of the head on one side)
  • Torticollis (Wry neck)
  • Talipes (Club foot)
  • Epilepsy
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Obstetric Brachial Plexus Injuries
  • Pain- joint or muscle
  • Post fracture with complications
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Developmental Delay
  • Premature babies (born before 32 weeks or with birth weight lower than 1500g)
  • Hypermobility
  • Rheumatological conditions e.g. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Please note : we do not see children in need of support with respiratory conditions. Parents should seek advice from Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust.

In Special Schools we work with school staff and other Healthcare Professionals to maximise your child’s physical independence using specifically designed therapy programmes and specialised equipment to manage your child’s postural needs.

 

The Children’s Physiotherapy service operates under a time limited intervention policy in order to provide an equitable service to all children and keep waiting times for assessment and treatment to a minimum.

 

Preparing for your appointment 

A physiotherapist will often need to undress a child to examine them, e.g. to assess their spine. Babies and younger children should wear clothes that are easily removable. Older children may want to bring shorts and T-shirts to the appointment. 

The Children’s Physiotherapy service operates under a time limited intervention policy in order to provide an equitable service to all children and keep waiting times for assessment and treatment to a minimum.

Due to the high demand for our service, if you accept an appointment and then do not attend without giving us 24 hours’ notice your child may be discharged.

Please note that missed appointments and/or cancellations for children can be an indicator of neglect. Therefore, if concerns are raised about missed appointments, it may be necessary to liaise with our safeguarding children team and/or children’s social care- in line with ACE’s policy on safeguarding children.
If you are having difficulty attending appointments, please speak to a member of staff.  
Please let us know if someone other than the person with parental responsibility will be attending appointments as without your permission, your child will not be seen.