Paediatric Physiotherapy Melbourne

Physiotherapy for children of all ages in Melbourne. Registered NDIS providers. Clinic based appointments, hydrotherapy and home/community visits. 

We are a small team of paediatric physiotherapists with extensive knowledge and practical experience working with children with a wide range of disabilities, medical conditions, orthopaedic conditions, neurological conditions and developmental delays from infancy to adolescence.

We are passionate about helping children to achieve their full potential by using evidence-based assessments and interventions. We work collaboratively with families to find out what motivates each individual child and set goals that are relevant and meaningful. Where possible, we help families identify ways therapy can be integrated into daily routines to maximise the opportunity for promoting development. We believe that therapy should be FUN and play-based so that children are motivated to exercise both during and outside of Physiotherapy appointments. 

Our early intervention program (children aged from birth – 7 years) monitors and assists infants and young children with developmental delays, diagnosed or undiagnosed, to maximise their motor and sensory development using play and age-appropriate activities.

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Clinic & home visits

We offer clinic-based appointments in Yarraville, Melbourne (we are located within the ‘Sum of Us Kids Therapy Hub’ at 98 Somerville Rd, Yarraville where we work alongside other paediatric allied healthcare professionals). We also offer a mobile service in the Western and some Eastern suburbs of Melbourne where we can provide Physiotherapy sessions in the home, childcare, kindergarten, school or other community settings (e.g., the local playground or swimming pool).

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Telehealth

To limit face to face contact during Covid and for more remote regions of Victoria, we are able to provide telehealth appointments. As many of our assessments are based on observation of movement, we are able to complete these via a telehealth appointment. Please make contact to determine whether a telehealth appointment with one of our paediatric physiotherapists would be suitable for your child.

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Hydrotherapy

We offer aquatic Physiotherapy (Hydrotherapy) sessions in addition to home/community appointments and clinic appointments. Hydrotherapy sessions can be very effective in working towards your child’s functional goals while also being fun! Children also have the opportunity to develop skills in water safety, water confidence and swimming.

What do Paediatric Physiotherapists do?

The experienced paediatric physiotherapists at Little Movers Physiotherapy (Melbourne) assess and treat children of all ages, from newborns through to adolescents. We work with children with a wide range of conditions affecting their movement and motor development. We are skilled in assessing and identifying developmental delays and possible underlying conditions and providing advice and interventions to maximise gross motor development and participation.

 

We value the importance of building a strong team around the child, so we liaise closely with parents, educators, and other healthcare practitioners (for example, Paediatricians, General Practitioners, Maternal Child Health Nurses, Speech Therapists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers) to facilitate an integrated team approach.

 

Some of the conditions we regularly see include:

 

  • Genetic syndromes (e.g., Down Syndrome)

  • Neurological conditions (e.g., Cerebral Palsy)

  • Developmental delays

  • Premature infants

  • Common newborn conditions musculoskeletal conditions (e.g., plagiocephaly and torticollis)

  • Poor tummy time tolerance

  • Postural and gait concerns

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Hypotonia

  • Neuromuscular diseases

  • Sporting injuries 

  • Gait (walking) concerns (e.g., in-toeing or walking on tippie toes)

  • Complex medical conditions

  • Childhood cancer

  • Rehabilitation after surgery


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If you are concerned that your child may be falling behind in their gross motor development (movement), please contact us to arrange a comprehensive assessment completed by one of our experienced paediatric physiotherapists at our clinic in Yarraville, Melbourne. Home and community visits are also available in the Western suburbs and some Eastern suburbs (Malvern and surrounding suburbs).

NDIS

Our Melbourne-based paediatric Physiotherapy clinic is a NDIS provider. Our fees and terms of service provision are in accordance with the NDIS recommendations. If your child has NDIS funding, please feel free to complete the ‘appointment request’ form on our website and we will contact you to arrange a paediatric Physiotherapy appointment at your home or our clinic in Yarraville, Melbourne.

 

Medicare Rebates

We accept Medicare EPC plans (also known as Chronic Disease Management Plans). Please note there is a gap payment (the rebate is approximately $53 per session). 

 

Private appointments

If you have Private Health Insurance you may also be eligible for a rebate depending on your extras cover.