Pediatric Physiotherapy in Newmarket & Toronto
So your little one is ready to get moving, but just can’t seem to figure out how to use those hands and feet of theirs. Perhaps they’re having some trouble sleeping, rolling, crawling, or walking.
Developmental delay has been seen in children born prematurely, those with a preexisting health history, and even those children who haven’t experienced any changes or complications at delivery. Pediatric physiotherapy in Newmarket and Toronto can help these little ones by taking them through a course of treatment to help facilitate the movements required to achieve their growth milestones, and ensure strong long-term growth.
Other areas of expertise include colic, flat-head syndrome, torticollis, cerebral palsy, Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), traumatic brain injuries, and various orthopaedic conditions including idiopathic toe-walking, post-fracture, genu valgum and varum, and clubfoot. We see kiddos right from birth to adolesence!
Being little is hard work. We can help.
Common Questions About Pediatric Physiotherapy
How do I know if my baby needs a pediatric physiotherapist?
Your baby may benefit from a physiotherapy assessment if you and/or your baby’s pediatrician has concerns about developmental delays in the area of motor skills, feeding or cognitive skills, or if your kiddo has a condition like flat-head syndrome, or isn’t meeting their motor milestones. These are just a few of the reasons that you may seek an assessement.
The assessment will provide an understanding of your baby’s strengths and challenges. Treatment will focus on strategies to teach and progress your baby in learning a new skill.
Do I need a referral?
You do not need a referral to see a pediatric physiotherapist. If you have concerns about your baby’s development, an assessment would be a great idea.
Please check with your insurance provider to see if you have coverage – it is covered under “physiotherapy”.
What ages do you work with?
At West End Mamas, we see children from the newborn age (as young as a few days old in some cases!) right up until adolesence.
What happens on the first pediatric physiotherapy visit?
During the first visit, your pediatric physiotherapist will review your baby’s medical history and discuss your concerns. An assessment of your baby’s skills or the concern that you have for them will be completed by a combination of formal testing and observations through play. At the end of the session the therapist will provide an analysis and recommend treatment options. Treatment is always in collaboration with the family and can include returning for therapy or a home program.
What can I expect during follow-up pediatric physiotherapy sessions?
Follow-up sessions can vary depending on your baby’s treatment plan. Babies who are returning for therapy will work one-on-one with the therapist to develop skills or improve their condition; parents can observe and practice these hands-on techniques. Some babies will be re-assessed and introduced to new activities for a home program. Everything is tailored to meet the family’s and baby’s needs.
How quickly can I expect my baby to progress?
Progress depends on your baby’s delays, diagnosis and treatment. Usually we start seeing some improvement within 3 to 4 weeks of starting a treatment plan.
How does occupational therapy differ from babies to older kids?
Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on occupation as the goal therapy for a baby. Treatment for an older child will differ because occupational and developmental stages are quite different. An OT goal for a baby may be to work on fine motor skills so the baby can reach and play with a toy above his/her head. While an OT goal for a child in school would be to increase fine motor skills so that the child can hold his/her pencil to write their name.
Is it occupational therapy covered by my extended health insurance?
We can provide an itemized occupational therapy receipt at the end of the one-on-one occupational therapy session or the Baby Steps workshop series for you to submit to your extended health insurance plan. Please note that every health insurance is different and you can check to see if you have coverage.
Common Questions About Virtual Pediatric Physiotherapy
What can virtual pediatric physiotherapy services address?
Paediatric Physiotherapy services are available to you safely and virtually! If you have concerns about whether your baby is reaching their developmental milestones, with their sleep, or if they have a condition such as flat-head syndrome, this would be a great appointment for them.
Do I need a referral for pediatric physiotherapy?
You do not need a referral to see a pediatric physiotherapist. If you have concerns about your baby’s development and believe a pediatric physiotherapist can address them, feel free to contact West End Mamas or book an assessment online.
Services may be covered under your health plan – please check with your insurance company for details.
How will the virtual pediatric phyiotherapy assessment be conducted?
After a detailed conversation with the therapist, you will be taken through step by step instructions on how to set up activities for your baby so the therapist can observe their skills during structured play activities. The observations, along with your knowledge of your baby’s behaviour, will provide a lot of information regarding his/her development.
What can I expect from follow-up pediatric physiotherapy sessions?
In follow-up sessions, you can expect the therapist to contact you ahead of time to inform you of the activities that will be completed and what you need to prepare for those activities. During the session the therapist will guide you through a series of activities for therapeutic skill building. All activities will be tailored to your baby’s needs and goals.
Do I need any special physiotherapy equipment?
Likely not! We do our best to tailor our virtual sessions to using things that you already have at home.
West End Mamas works with insurance companies to do online billing for treatments, whenever possible. Simply ask if your insurance company is compliant when you book your appointment.
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“My daughter had a wonderful with her first day of baby physiotherapy… [the] staff is nice and so very warm. I’m happy I found this place to carry my baby. And myself in the future. Highly recommend this place to anyone…. great experience and I enjoyed it immensely. Thank you for the wonderful time here.”
– Amber Faria
“Couldn’t be happier with my experience at West End Mamas. All the staff are excellent and so knowledgeable on all things related to pre and post-natal care. Would highly recommend!”
– Nancy Chu