- Referral Form. Service is provided through team members working at Alberta Health Services (AHS) Children’s Allied Health.
- Additional resources:
Discovering the world through movement!
The ability to move and the ability to sit still are often taken for granted. The goal of physiotherapy for school aged children/youth is to help them move to the best of their ability and to obtain and maintain their highest level of independence at home, school and in the community. Increasing a child/youth’s independence in the above areas increases their self esteem and builds skills for success now and in the future.
Physiotherapists work with children/youth who have movement challenges that affect success in:
- Classroom activities
- Getting around the classroom and school
- Recess play
- Physical education
Physiotherapists work with children/youth in a variety of ways:
- Combine movement goals with school routines and academic programming
- Individual work on specific skills
- Modifications and adaptations to activities to allow the child/youth to be included in activities
- Group work (ex. movement / brain breaks)
- In collaboration with other team members
- Teach learning team to support the child physically in school (ex. stair safety, lifting, stretches)
Examples of when you might make a referral to see a Physiotherapist include:
- for younger children: if your child has difficulty playing with others at recess or when using playground equipment
- if child/youth has difficulty doing the same things in Physical Education as peers
- in general: child/youth has difficulty moving around home and/or school