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Physiotherapy

 

Wiz is not currently practising out of the clinic but continues to work with her colleagues and provides domiciliary and school based assessments and treatment sessions.

Children’s physiotherapists may receive referrals from doctors, schools, educational psychologists and other therapists as well as direct referrals from parents.

The main aim of physiotherapy is to enable a child to participate as fully as possible at home and in school and when playing with their friends.
Children’s physiotherapy uses exercises, play activities and games to improve motor ability. In addition specialist equipment may be used. Advice is given to the family and school to include specific motor activity within the child’s day to supplement physiotherapy sessions.

Physiotherapists work with children and babies who may have the following concerns:
• Children who are born with evident problems with movement of neurological
origin e.g. cerebral palsy
• Young children who are slow to develop gross motor skills such as sitting, standing, walking
• Children who have co ordination difficulties which affects their participation with their friends and at school e.g. developmental coordination disorder
• Joint hypermobility syndrome
• Organising and sequencing movement e.g dyspraxia
• Global developmental delay
• Children with motor difficulties related to a genetic condition

The Physiotherapist initially assesses the child to identify the areas that need addressing and then the findings are discussed with the parents so that an intervention plan may be devised.

Intervention may include:
• Individual or group sessions of direct physiotherapy in the clinic
• Direct physiotherapy within school
• Home and/or school programmes
• Referral to another professional e.g. orthotist, SALT, OT

The Physiotherapist liaises closely with other therapists, teaching staff and medical personnel who may be involved with your child.

Wiz Chilton MCSP – Paediatric physiotherapist
Wiz Chilton has been a children’s physiotherapist since 1981 and worked in a number of hospital and community settings. She has worked in the private sector for many years including the Portland Hospital for Women and Children where she and Ruth Jacobs (SALT) first worked together. Julia Terteryan joined the team in 2001. Wiz recognizes the enormous benefits for the child when working as part of a multi disciplinary team.
Over the years Wiz has established excellent links with many of the London day schools and nurseries and provides a physiotherapy service to some of these.
She believes strongly in physiotherapy being a fun and positive experience for children whilst ensuring they achieve their potential.