Parents play a key role!
It is important for parents to participate in their child’s therapy sessions. Following through on home suggestions is critical to ensuring a child’s success at mastering new skills and abilities. Along the way, parents are encouraged to ask questions and comment on their child’s progress. It is also important for parents to keep the team informed of any medical updates, and call in advance to cancel or change appointments.
Depending on your child’s needs, one or all of the following disciplines may be part of your team:
Physiotherapy attempts to address the illnesses/injuries that limit a child’s abilities to move and perform functional activities. The physiotherapist is able to recognize difficulties with movement at a very early age and assesses range of motion, muscle strength, gross motor function, and quality of movement.
Occupational therapy is the therapeutic use of work, self-care, and play activities to increase development and prevent disability. It may include adaptation of task/environment to achieve maximum independence and to enhance the quality of life. The occupational therapist may focus on issues related to dressing, feeding, bathing, toileting and sensory processing.
Speech-language therapy is the assessment and management of communication and swallowing disorders. The speech-language pathologist may focus on speech, language, voice, fluency (stuttering), swallowing and feeding problems to provide your child with the opportunity to acquire optimal communication skills.
Recreation therapy utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the needs of children with illnesses and/or disabling conditions. The recreation therapist will work with your child to restore motor, social and cognitive functioning, build confidence, develop coping skills and integrate skills in treatment settings into community settings.
Social work is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. The social worker may be involved with providing support, brief counselling, education, referrals and/or information about other services your child may benefit from in the community (e.g., Infant Hearing Program, Blind Low Vision).