Children's Therapy

p.a.n.d.a. therapy specialises in intervention for infants and young children with; continence difficulties, developmental delay, motor skill difficulties, neurological impairment, and orthopaedic conditions.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a nationally registered profession in Australia. Clinicians must meet stringent criteria to practise in the area of Physiotherapy and must have completed accredited university degrees. Physiotherapists may be titled by their professional body, the Australian Physiotherapy Association, as Paediatric Physiotherapists if they meet criteria set by this body indicating that they have specific skills in this area. 

Physiotherapists are specialists in movement and paediatric physiotherapists have particular skills in movement associated with children and adolescents and their development. 

At p.a.n.d.a, Physiotherapists are committed to authentic outcomes. This means that therapy is aimed at providing children with life long achievements that will leave them with improved function. This is why we strongly believe that physiotherapy provided in conjunction with education leads to better outcomes for students. Always remember that children learn by doing not by watching and in the early years movement is learning.

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy in Australia is a nationally registered profession. Paediatric Occupational Therapy has a broad range of intervention functions but the main purpose is to provide maximal independence and optimal, practical life skills for children as they transition into adult hood. Often this end point means beginning on this path when the children are in their pre school years.

In the early years Occupational Therapy intervention may be working on developing play skills as this is known to promote cognitive function and better functional outcomes. In the primary school years intervention may be aimed at optimising literacy and numeracy skills that lean towards functional use of these skills, and in the high school years working towards life skills.

Paediatric Occupational Therapy is a crucial part of the team when children have additional needs and must be seen to work closely with education staff to optimise outcomes for the children involved.

Useful Links

Australian Physiotherapy Association

Australian Physiotherapy Association

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is the peak body representing the interests of Australian physiotherapists and their patients.
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CanChild

CanChild

CanChild is a non-profit research and educational centre located within the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
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Down Syndrome Education International

Down Syndrome Education International

Down Syndrome Education International is a leading international charity dedicated to raising levels of educational achievement among children with Down syndrome.
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Early Childhood Intervention Australia

Early Childhood Intervention Australia

Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) is the peak national organisation promoting the interests of young children with disability / developmental delays and their families.
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Victorian Continence Resource Centre

Victorian Continence Resource Centre

The Victorian Continence Resource Centre works to promote continence for all Victorians.
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Better Start for Children with Disability initiative

Better Start for Children with Disability initiative

This is an initiative of the Australian Government - Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. p.a.n.d.a. therapy is a Better Start provider.
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