A red ball rolls, the child likes to grab it, she crawls to it and is visibly happy with the ball. A child is supposed to play.
Through his games the child develops his movement and his senses. This is usually good and the child grows up smoothly in his environment, but in some children the motor and/or sensory development lasts longer or deviates from the usual development. This may be due to a condition of the musculoskeletal system (e.g. muscles, bones), the senses, the organs or the nervous systems. Because of such conditions, children can gain too little motor experience. They need more practice to learn certain skills such as walking, hinling, cycling, climbing, writing, clipping etc.
It may also be that children should learn to live with less opportunities as optimally as possible. This may, for example, be caused by congenital disorders or problems arising after an accident or surgery.
For all these children and their surroundings, a child physiotherapist can provide guidance.
The child physiotherapist is an expert who, after the basic physiotherapy training, specializes in treating children and adolescents in the age group 0-18 years. A registered child physiotherapist has successfully completed the post-GRADUATE child physiotherapy training. In addition, it is possible to further specialize in various areas.
Some examples are:
- The early treatment, children in the age group 0-2 years, for example guidance for premature children, crying babies, congenital abnormalities.
- Plagiocephalometry: Measuring and assessing the skein of the skull in infants.
- Assess and interpret nursery skills.
- Child physiotherapy in children with behavioural and learning problems.
- Writing problems.
- Posture problems.
- Guidance of injuries.
- Sensory integration issues.
- Fitness training in children.
The first signals:
Problems in motor functioning can be signalled by the parents or nursery management/teachers. The GP, consultation office physician, school physician, pediatrician, speech therapist, pediatrician, Orthopedagoge, child rehabilitation physician and other expert around the child can also signal whether a child is hindered in its development and give you the advice to Therapeutic research. You can also contact your child physiotherapist with your help question without a referral from a doctor.
Francisca van de Laan
Child Physiotherapy Research
During the first consultation, the help question is discussed. The child physiotherapist wants to have as complete a picture as possible of your child. This can be by asking you questions and by completing an older questionnaire. If necessary, it shall, after parental consent, request information from other parties, such as teacher or general practitioner.
A motor observation is done and various tests to see what the motor level of your child is. Depending on the extent of the help question, the research trajectory can cover one to three sessions, after which the detailed research data with the parents with or without the child’s presence is discussed. There is a treatment plan. Often there are also teachers, guidance of the crèche, speech therapist, how the child can be optimally supervised.
Pediatric therapy is aimed at increasing the motor potential of the child. The goal is for the child to function better in his physical and social environment. Functional aspects play a central role during treatment. The child physiotherapist can cope well with children. The practical space is specially designed to stimulate children in a safe environment to specific skills. Pediatric physiotherapy, given by a registered therapist, is included in the health care provider’s basic insurance. For additional treatments, please see your policy.
If you want to know more about pediatric physiotherapy, you can contact practice Ouderkerk, Aemstelwijck, phone number 020-4724406 or click on the following link:
Every time, it is a challenge for me to be able to push the boundaries of his work with the child. The child-friendly space and the safe atmosphere provide that children love to practice. The self-confidence of the child grows when it feels that after practicing, for example, it can crawl into the toy, better can write with bellydancing or readable.
-Francisca van de Laan, physiotherapist