Physiotherapists are professionals who can assist in the assessment and treatment of delays in gross motor development, posture, movement and walking. Within the Child Development Service Physiotherapists offer a range of services including advice and strategies to assist parents support the development of their children 0-6 years in the areas of:
- Foot position e.g. in-toeing, out-toeing, flat feet
- Delays in reaching milestones e.g. sitting, standing, walking
- Delays in gross motor development e.g. jumping, hopping, climbing
- Difficulties with catching, throwing, kicking balls.
For more information about the Physiotherapy profession see Australian Physiotherapy Association.
How We can Help
Attendance at a Physiotherapy Drop-In Clinic provides parents in the ACT with an opportunity to discuss issues and seek information and advice about their child's gross motor development and posture, movement and walking with a Physiotherapist.
Speech Pathology Drop-In Clinics are available for children 0-6 years who have a residential address in the ACT and have not had contact with the NDIA Early Childhood Early Intervention service partner, EACH.
Drop-In Clinics take the form of an informal discussion and screening of skills and is not a formal assessment.
No appointment is necessary, an approximate timeslot will be provided upon arrival. You should expect a waiting period to see a therapist, and this will vary depending on the number of people who attend the Drop-In Clinic. There are a limited number of people who can be seen within the Drop-In Clinic session and if the maximum number is reached parents will be advised to attend another Drop- in Clinic or contact the Intake Service.
A parent or guardian will need to accompany the child to the Drop In Clinic, if this is not possible, the person bringing the child must bring written consent from the parent or guardian.
Parents and guardians may attend any Physiotherapy Drop-In Clinic across different locations in the ACT. If further assessment is recommended following the Drop-In, a referral will be made to the appropriate service.
A written summary of the Physiotherapy Drop-In session is provided for parents.