How Children Learn to Write

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Learning to write is one of the most complex motor skills to master. Toddlers begin developing the necessary skills when they start scribbling on paper by making horizontal and vertical marks, and this then becomes scribbles in a circular motion. After this, children then start to form shapes and eventually letters. Children will go through a variety of different grips until their hand…

When Should You Buy Your Baby’s First Pair of Shoes?

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Babies’ feet are very different to ours as their bones haven’t calcified yet and they don’t develop a visible arch until about 3 years old. As a result their feet can easily be molded into the wrong shape by poorly fitting shoes or even tight socks. When your baby is learning to crawl and only pulling to stand or cruising along furniture, they…

How to Choose a Walker for Your Disabled Child

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Sadly not all children are able to walk independently for a multitude of reasons and often this is the one goal both the child and parents want to achieve most. Helping these children achieve their first steps can be the most satisfying part of a paediatric physio’s job. Our highly specialist team of paediatric physiotherapists can help recommend…

How Can Physio Help Children Diagnosed with Hemiplegia?

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Childhood hemiplegia (also known as hemiparesis) is caused by damage to part of the brain as a result of injury or illness, causing weakness and impaired motor function to one side of the body.  Each child will present differently depending on the amount of weakness and increased tone (stiffness) in their limbs, and they will usually be able to walk, but they may have…

How Cervical Spine Injuries are Managed in Children

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The cervical spine consists of the bones that make up your neck. There are 7 vertebrae within the neck and they start at the base of the skull. They are characterised by their small size and have openings that allow arteries to enable blood flow to the brain. The cervical spine is very flexible and allows us to move our heads…

Does Your Child Have Scoliosis?

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The term scoliosis refers to any abnormal curvature of the spine to the side. The spine is made up of vertebrae and is split into 5 different sections: The cervical spine is made up of 7 vertebrae and these are the bones that make up your neck. The thoracic spine is made up of 12 vertebrae and this is middle portion of your…

Does Your Child Have Problems Walking? An Orthosis May Help

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A lower limb orthosis is a device worn on the lower limb to provide support to the leg and/or foot in order to improve a persons gait (walking) pattern. Different people need additional support in different areas of the lower limb, but having the support in the right place will help with their postural alignment, and this promotes efficient muscle function…

How to Handle a Newborn Baby

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Picking up your newborn baby for the first time is a special moment, but it can be daunting and many parents feel nervous. Your baby’s neck muscles are very weak at birth, so the important thing to remember is to support their head at all times. Holding and cuddling your baby helps with bonding and also allows you to interact with them, talk…

5 Tips to Help Your Baby Learn to Stand and Walk

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Between 8-10 months, babies will probably start trying to pull themselves up to stand whilst holding on to furniture. The first place they normally master this is in their cot. Parents often worry that their baby is locking their knees when they first start attempting to stand. This is normal to begin with as they don’t initially have the knee…

Could Rebound Therapy Help Your Disabled Child?

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Could Rebound Therapy help your child? Rebound Therapy may be an excellent choice of therapy to encourage movement, alter tone and improve physical fitness. What is Rebound Therapy? Rebound Therapy makes use of a trampoline to provide a safe and comfortable environment for therapy to be carried out by a trained therapist. Rebound Therapy often also encourages communication,…