Physiotherapy Services support and treat children with physical needs. At Kootenay Family Place, Physiotherapists, also knows as PT’s, help children develop mobility, independence and physical fitness. PT’s look at the strength and control of a child’s muscles, the movement of their joints, and the development of balance reactions, coordination and motor skills. They use this knowledge to develop functional activities which will encourage new motor skills. PT’s assist families in accessing community recreation programs such as: swimming, horseback riding and playground activities. PT’s may recommend specialized equipment such as walkers, standers and seating systems. They may make splints and/or casts to assist in the development of a child’s movement skills.
As parents know their children best, it is through the family that these needs may be realized. The location of treatment is dependant on where the child performs best and what is most appropriate. Parents may require additional education, and we can implement a home program to enable them to be involved in helping their child.
What ages are eligible for Services?
The PT program is funded by the Ministry for Children and Family Development to work with all children with gross motor and mobility issues up to the age of five years.
How do I get Services?
We have an open referral policy; therefore both parents and professionals can refer a child to the program.
Who qualifies for Services?
If a child exhibits delays in reaching gross motor milestones, has concerns with walking or balance, or parents have any concerns regarding the physical health of their child, they may be eligible for Physiotherapy. Other common referral reasons are: Infant torticollis, plagiocephaly and flat feet.
Click on the link below for a referral form for your area.
Where do the services take place?
Therapy is child centered and so the location of treatment depends on the setting that best meets the child’s needs. A child may be seen at home, in the KFP Therapy room, preschool or where appropriate.
What happens in Therapy?
Prior to intervention the physiotherapist will complete a comprehensive assessment to get a clear picture of your child’s motor skills and interests. Therapists use a variety of observational and standardized assessment tools to measure physical and developmental change. These tests will help to measure your child’s development in comparison to their peers and recognize changes in your own child over time. As well as looking at motor development, the therapist will assess coordination, balance, equipment needs, lifting and handling strategies, biomechanical alignment, and reflexes.
Therapy comes in many forms, based on the needs of the child and family:
* Direct therapy: either individual or groups, offered by a therapist at a regularly scheduled session.
* Monitoring: the therapist trains someone else involved with the child on a more regular basis (i.e. parent, child care provider) to carry out the physiotherapy plan. The therapist is in regular contact with the person who carries out the program.
* Consultation: a coaching model for parents, caregivers, day care staff, school staff, etc. to address the needs identified in the assessment and to help the client develop the skills to achieve their goals.
* Home programs for use by parents, caregivers, day care staff, preschool staff
* Collaboration with children and their families, caregivers, daycare and school staff and other agencies to provide individualized treatment plans suited to the child and family’s strengths and needs.
* Education and training for families, preschool personnel and caregivers on, gross motor programs, the use of equipment, safe lifting and other related issues
The type(s) of intervention chosen will depend on the needs of the client. The physiotherapist also supports the parents and caregivers to teach them how to help the child in home, daycare, school and community settings.
Christine Therriault Finke, PT
Telephone: (250) 365-5616
Fax: (250) 365-5792