Physical therapy or physiotherapy (often abbreviated to PT) is provided at KidsAbility by a regulated health care professional, licensed with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. The goal of physiotherapy is to addresses impairments and promotes mobility, function, and improve quality of life through examination and physical intervention. In Ontario Physiotherapists* work in many areas including: pediatrics, cardiorespiratory, orthopedics, neurology, women's health, seniors' health and sports.
Physiotherapists* at KidsAbility work with children and youth (birth to 18) with movement difficulties to help them achieve their maximum level of functional independence, mobility and attainment of higher level gross motor skill. They work with children and youth providing therapy in both individual and group sessions. Physiotherapist’s* not only work directly with the child but also in helping to provide families with the education, support and resources that they need. They also train and consult with others who are involved with the child.
Physiotherapists* at KidsAbility work across all of our sites as an integral part of many teams such as:
- Orthotic Clinics
- Orthopedic Clinics
A Physiotherapist* Can Help a Child By:
- Being family centered through collaborative goal making to assist clients and families in understanding the steps needed to achieve their goals. Physiotherapists*work closely with family members and other care providers in addition to the client.
- Physiotherapists* educate on how to incorporate strategies that maximize the clients function and foster independence outside of physiotherapy sessions both in the home and in community settings.
- Specifically physiotherapy looks at the client’s current gross motor skills and how to functionally progress them by addressing:
- Range of motion impairments through educating, designing and teaching home based positioning and stretching programs
- Muscular strength and endurance impairments to help optimize function, alignment and posture
- Balance and coordination impairments
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*Physiotherapist and related words are official marks used with permission by registered physiotherapists.