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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