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Support workers, therapy assistants, and your child’s therapy program

Using allied health assistants, therapy assistants, or support workers to help supplement a child’s allied health therapy is a great opportunity coming out of the introduction of the NDIS.  In this blog post, I hope to share some information to help parents to decide whether, why and how to engage a therapy assistant in [...]

By |2017-11-30T21:57:10+11:00November 30th, 2017|Disability, NDIS|0 Comments

Challenging Behaviours during Therapy Sessions

What does it look like, why your child does it, & what can we do to manage it? Challenging or difficult behaviour is a normal part of child development.  Challenging or difficult behaviours can also frequently be observed in therapy sessions – however, sometimes, these behaviours can hijack the therapy session and therefore impede [...]

By |2017-05-18T13:39:03+10:00May 18th, 2017|Disability, Therapy|0 Comments

The Role of Physiotherapy for Children with Autism

In addition to the behavioural, sensory and social-emotional difficulties, many children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will also experience difficulties with their motor skills and capabilities. Children with ASD may achieve early gross motor milestones such as sitting, crawling and independent walking within the expected timeframes, but the quality of their movements may be [...]

By |2017-04-06T14:16:14+10:00April 6th, 2017|Autism, Disability, Motor skills|1 Comment

Down Syndrome: Early motor skill development & physiotherapy

The development of early gross motor skills, such as sitting, crawling and walking, allows an infant or child with Down Syndrome (DS) to explore their environment and interact with people around them, which is pivotal to their overall development.  However, due to the interplay between certain physical characteristics (such as low muscle tone and increased [...]

By |2017-03-26T10:45:35+11:00March 26th, 2017|Disability, Down Syndrome, Motor skills|0 Comments

F-words in childhood disability

To begin with, I want to reassure you all that this post does not contain any profanities ;) ... I have recently read an interesting article (https://canchild.ca/en/research-in-practice/f-words-in-childhood-disability) that has made me think about how I, as a health professional, can best help children with disabilities and their families.  I am passionate about making sure that [...]

By |2017-03-31T11:40:34+11:00May 25th, 2016|Disability|1 Comment

Preparing for the NDIS

What do you envisage as a good life for your child? Late in 2015 and early in 2016, I attended three webinars about preparing for the introduction of the NDIS, and then in the middle of last month it was announced that the NDIS will be rolling out in Mackay from November 2016!!!  I am [...]

By |2016-05-25T13:59:47+10:00April 7th, 2016|Disability, Funding, NDIS|0 Comments

Registered Better Start Provider

I am excited to let you all know that I am now a registered provider for early intervention physiotherapy services through the Better Start for Children with Disability funding initiative. Please contact me if your child is eligible for Better Start funding and you are needing or would like a physiotherapy assessment or intervention.  Please [...]

By |2017-03-31T11:40:34+11:00December 29th, 2015|Disability, Funding|0 Comments