Infants and young children are not little adults, and it is important to have leading knowledge of normal developmental stages from birth to adolescence in order to assess and treat a child appropriately when there is a deviation from typical development.
- Some common conditions we treat are:
Premature babies (<36 weeks gestational age) or low birth weight babies (<1500g) – who are at risk of developmental delay or at risk of cerebral palsy
- Newborn babies having difficulty turning their heads – who have a preference to look to one side only; or have a head tilt to one side;
- Newborn babies not tolerating tummy time – who are unable to hold their heads up when on their tummy; or only tolerate tummy time for 1-2 mins at a time only
- Newborn babies having flat spots on the back or side of their heads, especially after 7 weeks old – often these babies would also have a preference to look to one side and do not tolerate tummy time.
- Newborn babies with clicky hips – who have stiff hips where parents find it difficult to open babies’ legs to do a nappy change
- Newborn babies with feet that turn in or out – who have feet that tend to rest in a curled posture from the ankle or at the middle of their foot
- Babies and toddlers who have difficulty with rolling, sitting, crawling and cruising – who are not achieving their gross motor milestones; or who are not able to move from one position to another
- Toddlers with pigeon toes, bow legs, in-rolling ankles, knocked knees – who seem to trip over often or fall over; or dragging a foot;
- Children who have difficulties with coordination, balance, walking and running – who are not able to jump, skip or hop without falling over.
- Children and teenagers who have sports related injuries – musculoskeletal complaints such as knee pain, ankle sprains, muscle strains, and shoulder injuries.
We use the NSMDA assessment for children aged 1 month – 6 years of age as it is a valid, reliable and standardized assessment backed by over 30 years of research and use in clinical settings.
The NSMDA is a valid and reliable physiotherapy assessment of motor development for the ongoing follow up of the development of movement in infants and children. The assessment is unique in that it provides a comprehensive profile of the development of movement across the ages from 1 month to 6 years. Over time research and clinical use of the NSMDA has expanded across the world to at least 10 different countries and has been translated in numerous other languages.
Physiotherapy and early intervention can effectively treat the above concerns with great outcomes. Working in partnership with families, we expect change to occur within 2 weeks, as long as parents commit to the treatment program we have designed specifically for your child. How much change occurs for your child is highly dependent on the amount of intervention your child receives as well as their specific condition.
Don’t waste another day wondering if your child is missing out on vital early intervention to improve their gross motor skills, call us on 96998111 for an appointment with our experienced Paediatric Physiotherapist today to get your child moving!