AP Children’s Physiotherapy is an independent and specialist children’s physiotherapy service for children of all ages.
AP Children’s Physiotherapy offer specialist, individual therapy assessments and treatments for any child who is experiencing difficulty with development, movement or posture.
Physiotherapy will take place in your own home (or setting of your choice such as nursery or school) as young children are often more relaxed enabling a more thorough assessment.
Was your baby born prematurely?
Babies born early (at less that 37 weeks gestation, and particularly at less than 32 weeks) are at a higher risk of developmental difficulties than babies born at term.
Do you have concerns about your new baby?
Do they hold their feet/legs in a particular posture? Have you noticed that they have a preference to look one way? Is their head shape slightly flattened? Have you noticed that they move/use one side of their body more than the other? Are you worried about their head control, or how floppy or stiff their limbs are?
Are you concerned about your Childs development? Is your child delayed in meeting some of their gross motor developmental milestones (such as rolling, sitting or crawling)?
Are you concerned about how your child walks? Have you noticed that your child stands and walks on their tiptoes? Or perhaps walks with their toes pointing inwards/outwards or their feet are flat? Perhaps your child seems more clumsy and falls more frequently than their peers? Has your child’s nursery or school raised any concerns with you? Does your child complain of pain during or after sport?
If your child has been given this diagnosis then they could have a range of movement difficulties. Physiotherapy is essential to ensure that your child’s maximum functional ability is reached. If your child is to undergo surgery or Botox treatment then Physiotherapy is vital to ensure the best possible outcome from these procedures.
A condition that is present at or before birth: such as Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy (Erbs Palsy), limb loss or Talipes.
Genetic Conditions and Syndromes:
Such as Downs Syndrome, Achondroplasia, Retts Syndrome, Spinal Muscular Atrophy or Muscular Dystrophy. The physical difficulties that children experience with any genetic condition vary hugely and specialist physiotherapy is crucial to enable your child to reach their physical potential.
If you have any other concerns regarding your child which are not listed above, please do get in touch and we can discuss whether or not Physiotherapy might be of benefit to you.
I qualified from the University of the West of England, Bristol with a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy (2:1) in 2001.
My first job was in Salisbury District Hospital where I completed 4-monthly rotations through Orthopaedics, Musculoskeletal Outpatients, Respiratory (inpatient based), Care of the Elderly (inpatient based) and Burns and Plastics (both inpatient and outpatient).
I then gained a senior physiotherapy role (still at Salisbury) where I worked as part of the multidisciplinary team covering the Intensive Care Unit, High Dependency Unit and the acute medical and surgical wards.
In 2005 I became a Specialist Children’s Physiotherapist at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. During my time there I worked with children of all ages in a range of different settings which included the acute paediatric wards, the community working with children with a range of neurodisabilities, Lead Physiotherapist at one of Basingstoke’s Special Schools and Lead Physiotherapist in the Neonatal Unit in Winchester.
I am currently working as part of the Therapy Team on the Burns Unit at Salisbury District Hospital.
I am passionate about working with children and believe that every child should be given the opportunity to reach their maximal potential. I also recognise the importance of including the Parents in any treatment plan. Being creative with the way in which I approach therapy, and devising care plans that can be unique to a particular child, their circumstances and their understanding, is important to me and often leads to greater compliance and effectiveness.
I am a member of the Health Care Professions Council, The Association of Chartered Physiotherapy and the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists.
Mum to Charlotte, 2 months
Lucy, aged 10