Paediatric Rehabilitation

Welcome to the start of your child’s rehabilitation journey. You will receive a lot of information in the coming days. Caregivers, well-meaning friends, the internet, support groups and other families are all good sources of information, but it’s a lot to take in. Don’t try to learn everything at once. Rely on your professional team to guide you through the steps, day by day.

Swallowing Therapy

Modified barium swallows (MBS) are also known as videofluoroscopy or video swallow studies. A speech therapist will assess a person’s ability to swallow at the bedside or over mealtimes. This assessment gives some useful information but in order to get a more objective view of the person’s unique and specific swallowing abilities and difficulties, as with international standards, a modified barium swallow study is often also recommended.

Weight-bearing Therapy

Weight bearing therapy is one of the fundamentals of both physiotherapy and occupational therapy rehabilitation for a patient with upper or lower limb impairments. Once a comprehensive assessment has been completed and appropriate goals set in conjunction with the patient, the specific exercises will be decided upon. Whether for the upper or lower limb, weight bearing is considered a mainstay of therapy.