Has your child ever needed to visit a physiotherapist?
In our Mums of the Shire Facebook group, we see plenty of requests for recommendations for good physiotherapists, especially for kids with special developmental needs.
Common reasons your child may need to visit a qualified physiotherapist include:
- Help to address and recover from sports injuries or illness where they need to regain strength and movement in affected areas
- Support improving their balance, gross motor skills and coordination
- Addressing pain or difficulty moving that is caused by problems within the joints, muscular or nervous system
- Correcting problems with their posture
- Advice concerning how their weight may be impacting their physical activity
- Underlying health conditions or physical disabilities eg. scoliosis, down syndrome, cerebral palsy.
Now before you waste time hunting back through past community threads, allow us to help you here by providing the details of a professional and reliable local physio clinic, who can assist with all your physio needs but also specialise in treating children.
Have you heard of Aevum Kids?
We recently published an article on some new classes held at Aevum Kids, which are designed to help new parents play with, engage and teach their babies in ways that will assist with their physical development.
Aevum Kids, however, offers much more than the Aevum Bubs Club classes, and we thought we should give you greater background on their service, as it’s likely they can support you with your child’s physical needs and development.
Aevum Kids is a rapidly growing Paediatric Physiotherapy service located in the Sutherland Shire. The service has been designed to meet the needs and goals of every child, inspiring potential in a nurturing, stimulating and playful environment.
What types of services can Aevum Kids offer?
Aevum Kids strives to meet the individual needs of every child and their family.
For this reason, sessions are available in a variety of settings;
- In Clinic – making the most of their wonderful gym and equipment!
- Home Visits (dependant on location and therapist time availability)
- School Visits can also be discussed with your physiotherapist
Hydrotherapy services, this being physiotherapy that takes place within a swimming pool, is also an available service.
What can you expect during your first appointment with Aevum Kids?
An initial assessment is generally one hour long, this gives the physiotherapist (Emily) and your child time to get to know each other. If you have any relevant medical reports or documentation, it’s always helpful to bring these along.
Your child’s session will take place in the Aevum Kids gym, with age and developmentally appropriate toys and games selected to assist your child with settling into the gym environment.
Emily will ask questions to gauge your concerns and your child’s history before engaging in a physical assessment through play and activities.
At the end of the session, you may be provided with a home exercise program that includes some activities to try at home with your child.
Emily knew that she wanted to work with children before she even decided to become a physiotherapist. Emily began taking dance classes as a toddler and was a keen ballerina throughout her whole childhood, commencing ballet teaching as a teenager. Some of the children in her classes had special needs, which drove her passion for working with kids like them to achieve and develop new skills.
Whilst completing her physiotherapy degree, Emily completed clinical placements with Cerebral Palsy Alliance and in a paediatric private practice to further specialise her training. Since graduating, Emily has worked at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and within the Paediatric Physiotherapy world in the community. Emily has recently commenced her Masters in Paediatric Physiotherapy and is very excited to be joining the Aevum Kids team!
What does the Aevum Kids Gym look like?
The Aevum Gym is packed with bright, fun and engaging toys and equipment.
There’s an interactive light wall and other high-tech equipment such as the Alter-G treadmill which is appropriate for use by some children.
There are some BIG plans for new pieces of equipment and resources in the Aevum Kids gym in the works…watch this space!
Do you need a referral to make an appointment?
No, a referral is not required to make an appointment.
If you (or your child) have concerns or questions in regard to motor milestones, physical development, pain and more you can get directly in touch to schedule an appointment.
If a medical professional, such as your GP or Paediatrician, has recommended a physiotherapy review, a referral letter is still not required. However, if you have been provided with a referral letter, please pass it on to our admin team, so we can better understand your health care provider’s concerns.
How do you get in touch?