Physiotherapy

Our physiotherapists work with children and young people aged 0-19 years who may require orthopaedic, respiratory or neurological physiotherapy, or physiotherapy specifically for children who have complex needs.

Children aged 5 and over without complex needs who need musculoskeletal physiotherapy, for example, for a sprain, will be seen by CSH Surrey's adult physiotherapy services. 

CSH Surrey's physiotherapists advise, assess and treat children on a one-to-one or small group basis, designing therapy programmes for home and school, often with its Occupational Therapists. 

"We feel that the support, guidance and help to achieve has been fantastic and has helped us to understand the condition and its implications on everyday life. So much so that we now feel secure in being able to manage its ups and downs independently. We feel that the service has been a lifeline and has helped to manage an otherwise difficult medical condition to be managed day to day.”

Parents of child receiving physiotherapy

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A children’s Physiotherapist will look at the way the child moves and assess any functional, musculoskeletal or respiratory difficulties. Their focus is to work with the child through play and purposeful activities to help maximise their potential in:

  1. Co-ordination of fine and gross motor skills, eye-hand co-ordination and hand function
  2. Development of sensory skills, including sense of touch, body awareness and balance. This includes sensory modulation and its effects on behaviour and attention
  3. Normal development of play and school skills, including writing, scissor and ball skills etc
  4. Development of self-care activities such as feeding, dressing, sitting, bathing and toileting 
  5. Physical ability in children with neurological/degenerative conditions
  6. Maximising respiratory function and minimising its effect on daily life
  7. Working with children with musculoskeletal disorders and conditions in early development.

The above may include assessment, advice, active therapy and provision of specialised equipment. The team always work very closely with the child’s family/carers and any other professionals involved with the child to maximise function.

The Physiotherapy team also work with mainstream and special schools, who can be contacted directly by parents/carers wishing to discuss their child’s therapy.

If you have any queries, questions and/or need more information regarding any of our paediatric therapy services, please email CSH Surrey's Clinical Navigator for Children & Families on CSH.childrensclinicalnavigator@nhs.net. They can help guide parents/carers through the therapy pathway, investigate progress of referrals, signpost families to local and condition-specific support services, and answer questions about our services.