A child with a neurological disorder may not be able to articulate their problem as well as an adult. He or she may be completely unaware of the ‘problem’ as it is normal to them.
As a parent, you may be unfamiliar with their condition or symptoms, worried your child does not seem to be developing ‘normally’ and unsure how best to proceed.
Symptoms that may indicate a neurological disorder in a child include:
- Poor head control, abnormal eye movements, soft or floppy limbs
- Falling behind the normal milestones for exmaple in reading, writing, understanding, talking and growth
- Having difficulty with balance, sitting, standing, walking, running
- Abnormal co-coordination or clumsiness
Neuro-physiotherapy for children
Children with neurological disorders are often perceived as ‘slow developers’ until the condition is recognised. Sadly, as a result of this, children often come to us with a negative perception of their own abilities.
In our experience, children benefit from physiotherapy as much or more than adults. Their brains tend to be receptive, without fear or preconceptions and they want to learn.
We believe that young children learn best through play. To achieve the most effective response, we endeavour to:
- Stimulate the child through play, to experience movements that are useful in daily life
- Break down movements and sensations into individual components that a child can understand and practice
- Allow them to engage actively in their treatment process, which is highly motivating and thus very effective
- Encourage parents and family to be actively involved as their co-operation and encouragement will help successfully integrate the learnt movements in the outside environment
We also offer support with:
- Visits to orthotics/wheelchair/seating clinic
- School and teacher liaison
- Home equipment and adaptations
Please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone to discuss the individual issues relevant to your own child and how we may be able to best support you with these.