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Physiotherapy Information and Resources

Kotahi te kākano, he nui ngā hua o te rākau

A tree comes from one seed, but bears many fruit

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Paediatric physiotherapists help tamariki achieve their optimal physical development. They have specialist knowledge in movement patterns, developmental milestones and conditions that are likely to affect pēpi and growing tamariki. Physiotherapists at the Child Development Service assess and treat tamariki with conditions which affect motor function. They work with tamariki and their whānau at home, at clinic and at early childhood centres. Physiotherapists:

  • assess and treat tamariki with conditions which affect motor function.
  • work with tamariki and their whānau at home, at the clinic and at early childhood education centre.
  • sometimes use specific outcome measures to assess
    • functional skills,
    • muscle strength,
    • tone,
    • joint range of motion,
    • reflexes and
    • progress towards developmental milestones.
  • We work with whānau to set goals and provide strategies to help improve your tamaiti’s physical skills.
  • We encourage tamariki to move to the best of their abilities through play and age-appropriate activities.
  • We liaise closely with other health professionals and services involved in your tamaiti’s care.
  • We have knowledge in orthotic prescription and the provision of equipment to help your tamaiti function. 
Vera Hayward Centre Physiotherapist and Mini Explorer