What we do
Our physiotherapists work as part of the wider children’s therapy team providing physiotherapy to babies, children and young people.
Paediatric physiotherapists bring their generic skills as physiotherapists and have additional knowledge of childhood conditions and have expertise in working with babies, children and young people.
Children may need help from a physiotherapist for a wide variety of reasons including:
- Delayed development of physical skills eg late walkers
- Difficulties arising from long-term medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and spina bifida
- Childhood arthritis
- Syndromes and diseases eg childhood cancer
- Recovery from injuries eg head injuries, fractures and sports injuries
- Rehabilitation after surgery
- General physical complaints such as hypermobile joints.
We use a range of approaches that are individually tailored to each child’s needs. This may include exercise programmes, postural management, specialist handling techniques, mobility aids and other specialist equipment.
We provide patient specific training, to support and empower the patients, parents, carers and other professionals involved to promote confidence in managing their condition. We work in partnership with the children and young people themselves, their families and any other professionals involved.
We recognise the importance of working in partnership with the child, parents and carers to maximise a child’s physical abilities and independence.
Where we work
Our teams are based at the Child Development Centre’s in Grimsby and Scunthorpe where we see children for assessment and provide therapy sessions.
We want to make sure that children with physical difficulties get the opportunities they deserve and receive the support they need at home, at school or nursery, and as part of the community. For this reason, we are sometimes able to offer visits to home, mainstream schools or nurseries. We also provide advice and training for physiotherapists working with babies and children in hospital.
St Luke’s special school and St Hugh’s specialist communication and interaction college have a named physiotherapist who visits regularly. The physiotherapist works closely with school staff, parents, speech and language therapists, the nurse in school, and occupational therapists to meet the needs of children with physical disabilities. Specialist support is offered which may include a therapy programme, advice on moving and handling and assessment for equipment.
In St Hugh’s School there is an additional physiotherapy assistant, funded by the school, who is able to provide extra physiotherapy for the children with the highest level of need. She works very closely with the physiotherapist to deliver individual programmes.
Children can be referred to the service by health visitors, school nurses, GPs, hospital staff and other therapists. If you have a concern about your child please contact one of the people above to discuss whether a referral would be helpful. We aim to see new referrals within 4 weeks of receiving them.
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