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A common question that all new parents ask is when should my child be meeting milestones? These include rolling, sitting, crawling, standing and walking. This is dependent on a few factors, if your child is born premature, they will take longer to meet milestones as compared...

When we have new born babies we hear a lot about tummy time, but why is it so important? And how much tummy time should our babies do? Why is it important? Lying on tummy's is important for babies as it helps to develop neck, back, hip...

Normal Walking/Gait As parents it is natural to worry about the way your children walk, particularly if something looks a bit quirky or you feel it is causing your child to have lots of falls. As your child begins to start walking there are lots of...

Plagiocephaly Plagiocephaly is a condition that impacts newborns through to babies approximately 8 months of age. It is sometimes known as flat head syndrome. Babies are born with softened heads; this means that if they spend too much time lying on one side of their head...

Coming into summer the days are getting hotter which means it's time for the pool and/or beach! Spending time in the water in crucial for children to develop water skills that will help keep them safe. Water play also assists children in developing muscle stretch,...

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a condition that describes children who are delayed in meeting their developmental milestones. They are significantly uncoordinated and struggle to learn the skills required to perform everyday tasks. Often these children are described as ‘clumsy’. Generally, it impacts young boys...

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) are a set of inflammatory diseases that effects children under the age of 16. It is idiopathic in nature which means the exact cause is unknown. In most cases they are related to an immune system that begins to attack healthy cells....

Questions about when children should start wearing shoes and what type of shoes are frequent questions asked of physiotherapists. There is no set age as to when your child should start wearing hard soled shoes. It is actually more to do with when your child...

Posture in a Tech Dominated World It is natural for all of us to be worried about the development of our children’s posture. We have all heard that too much X-Box/PlayStation, Iphone/Ipad and computer use can cause detrimental effects on our children’s posture. However, in todays...

Participation in sport is important in a child's overall development. It assists in acquiring gross motor skills such as running, jumping, hopping and throwing. It also helps with hand eye co-ordination with the greatest benefits from ball and racquet sports such as tennis, basketball, soccer and football.   Children also benefit...