On World Physiotherapy Day (8 September) we sat down with Julia, one of our great physiotherapists, to pick her brain about the importance of early intervention.
Why is accessing physiotherapy, and other therapy supports, early in life important for the clients you work with?
“Timely support for children when their brains are the most adaptable is essential for optimal outcomes and is the most effective in the first three years of life.”
“It is imperative that therapists ‘get in early’ so to speak to and provide support to a child who is identified as having delays as soon as possible.”
“Therapy provided early can help children to reach their potential and avoid them needing support or as much support as they grow.”
“Using the right assistive technology is also important, so that the brain and muscles learn to work together in an optimal position.”
“Tools like standing frames, ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) and walkers help children be in an upright position when otherwise they would not. This is not only important physically, but also for social skill and communication development.”
“Be proactive! Chat to your maternal child health nurse, speak to your GP, ring the NDIS directly, speak to your local Early Childhood Partner.” - Julia, Yooralla Physiotherapy.
Do you have any tips on the best way families can access supports early?
“Be proactive! Chat to your maternal child health nurse, speak to your GP, ring the NDIS directly, speak to your local Early Childhood Partner.”
“Keep trying until you can access assistance and advocate for your child.”
“If you can, consider funding services privately at the beginning, to try and get a head start.”
Our experienced Physiotherapists specialise in supporting people with disability of all ages and needs and have skills to support people with complex needs. We can provide comprehensive assessments and individual interventions to assist you and your family to increase independence and achieve your goals.
Physiotherapy is just one of the many therapy services we have available.
Our flexible and qualified team of experienced therapists can provide you with support across physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, psychology, behaviour support and teaching. We support children and adults with disability of all needs, at all ages and life stages.