What To Expect
Therapy Session Overview:
Our team of therapists work collaboratively with every person and their support team to set clear functional movement goals through; exercise, strengthening, stretching, intensive therapy programs, motor learning patterns and play .
1 on 1 Therapy:
Each session is 45 minutes in duration (initial assessment 60 minute) and focuses on an appropriate level of challenge for the individual, often utilising hands on treatment, physical games, circuits, obstacles and a variety of exercises. Outcomes of a typical session include development of gross and fine motor skills, memory, coordination, balance and flexibility in order to achieve improved movement. There are normally take home exercises involved.
We do school/child care visits to assist children who may need extra support with ‘in school’ activities such as long sitting, crossing legs, jumping, running, core strength. We can also give advice on activities to help to improve your child’s access to the curriculum.
Sport Therapy Program:
In order to participate in group sessions a 60 minute individual initial assessment is required. From there small groups of maximum 6 participants will be scheduled, depending on the individual’s age, ability and specific needs. Small group classes are more affordable, as well as a great way for our patient’s to make friends and improve their social skills. Our patient centred approach still applies whether you choose individual or small group therapy, meaning patient specific goals are still set and reviewed every 8 – 12 weeks depending on the duration of therapy.
What to expect in the first session
The first session will consist of an INITIAL ASSESSMENT. You will meet your physiotherapist and they will ask some questions and then watch some movements using play based distractions. Getting an extensive history and performing quantitative measurements and fundamental movement patterns is important as it helps to identify specific needs and goals of each unique individual.
Following the assessment, the physiotherapist will discuss the best method to deliver therapy. No matter the delivery every individual has a tailored program designed to reach their specific goals and outcomes. This will also include recommended duration, frequency and intensity of treatment for both in-clinic and to do with support at home.
Your child should wear comfortable, loose clothes, suitable for physical activity. Shoes may be necessary for outdoor physiotherapy.
What We Do
It starts with an initial QUESTIONNAIRE and BOOKING
An online questionnaire is required to be filled out for the patient, including personal information, a variety of qualitative questions and goals. This can then be used in the future to ensure we are making progress with our patients. See our initial questionnaire here.
From here, we do an INITIAL ASSESSMENT
All patients are required to attend a 1:1 initial assessment with your practitioner in order to identify the specific needs and goals of each unique individual. Refer to the above section “What to expect in the first session” for more details on what this initial assessment covers.
This gives us the opportunity to TAILOR a play based (treatment) PROGRAM
Following our assessment, we will discuss the best method to deliver therapy. No matter the delivery every individual has a tailored program designed to reach their specific goals and outcomes. This will also include recommended duration, frequency and intensity of treatment for both in-clinic and to do with support at home.
We believe it is important to have REGULAR GOAL REVIEWS
We review progress with both quantitative and qualitative measurements every 8-12 weeks, depending on the intensity and duration of our treatment plan. This ensures both the therapist and patient are tracking towards our mutual goals, and we are able to tailor the program if necessary. Parents are encouraged to attend this session, in order to provide feedback and ensure that goals are being met.
Outcomes of a typical program include (within each individual’s gross motor milestones):
- Gross motor milestones
- Fine motor control
- Improved recruitment of specific muscles
- Core Strength
- Hand-Eye Coordination
- Listen to and follow instructions
- Crossing the Midline
- Spacial awareness
- Ball skills
- Team play
- Mental skills training including speed, accuracy, memory
- Strength and conditioning