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Paediatric physiotherapy (PT) is the treatment, by physical means, of conditions seen in children, which affect or compromise normal childhood development. The Paediatric community Physiotherapy service provides specialist assessment and a range of interventions to enable the children with physical difficulties to reach their full potential by maximising function and independence and promoting normal movement; aiming to prevent or limit contractures and deformity, and thereby improving quality of life.

We teach families and carers about the condition the child presents with and the programme of activities required to either maintain or to develop skills. Partnership with parents and education staff is essential. We also work in close partnership with other professionals from Health, Education and Social Care.

Physiotherapists who work with children are specialist practitioners who have the right skills and specific knowledge to deliver appropriate care and education to encourage family involvement. Paediatric Physiotherapists specialise in the treatment of children and have detailed knowledge of:

Child development

Childhood diseases and conditions that may impact on development and well being

Therapeutic interventions that enable and optimise development and well being

The need to place the child at the centre of planning

The impact that having a sick or disabled child has on family life

How to keep children safe

How to ensure that children and young people make choices