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As we get NDIS ready, we hope to help you do the same. You may have heard about the NDIS but what is it really?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (also known as the NDIS) is designed to provide individuals with a disability with the necessary supports they need to help them achieve goals specific to them, helping to foster greater access to mainstream services, as well as promote inclusion and participation in the community.
The NDIS changes the way that disability services are delivered in Australia by:
The NDIS roll-out is a staged process and from 1 July 2017, the NDIS is available in service areas including suburbs in Inner and Outer East Melbourne.
Individuals who currently receive support through the Victorian Government will be moving to the NDIS at varied times, depending on the type of support they are receiving.
Some families have already transitioned to the NDIS. In the scenario where you choose to self-manage your funds, you can elect to work with services that are not NDIS providers.
For more information about the NDIS, please click on the link below:
You or your healthcare provider may have noticed that there is a flat part on your baby’s head. Or you may have noticed that your baby only turns their head to one side. The incidence of plagiocephaly has increased in recent years, and parents are increasingly seeking physiotherapy to facilitate in correcting this. So, how does physiotherapy help and how does it fit in with helmet therapy?
Is it Positional Plagiocephaly?
It is relatively common for newborns to have a slightly misshapen head. This can be due to several reasons including the position in the womb or the head position during birth. Positioning after birth also has a significant impact on head shape. In some instances the flat spot can be quite severe. This can, in turn, have an effect on their ear and face symmetry.
A child may also be diagnosed with Torticollis, which also increases the risk of positional plagiocephaly.
A physiotherapist can assess your child and determine whether they require treatment.
Some common craniofacial problems are:
What do I do if I’m concerned?
You do not need a referral if you are concerned and would like an assessment. Early detection and treatment is important, and bringing in your child before 4 months is ideal.
Our physiotherapists will do a thorough assessment of your baby to provide an accurate diagnosis.
This will include questions about your pregnancy, the birth and post-natal positions, for example day and overnight sleeping habits.
This is followed by a physical examination where the physiotherapist will carefully assess your baby’s head shape, fontanelles, neck muscles and development. They will discuss with you your baby’s diagnosis, prognosis, goals and treatment plan with you.
At our Stepping Forward Clinic, we use a craniometer to measure the severity of your baby’s head asymmetry. Re-measurements are performed to track improvements in head shape.
What is the Treatment?
Babies’ heads are relatively malleable. With early detection and the right treatment, prognosis is good. There are many factors which may affect the outcome of treatment, as each baby is different, so it’s best to discuss this with your physiotherapist.
Physiotherapists’ treatment for misshapen heads involves deliberate positioning of the baby’s head. It may include a program of stretching and strengthening of the neck and postural muscles. Your physiotherapist will teach you how to do this at home. This includes (but is not restricted to) adapting your feeding, changing and carrying positions, giving your baby ‘tummy time’, setting up your baby’s environment appropriately and varying their sleeping positions.
Treatment is best done under the guidance of a trained physiotherapist. If you are concerned you can book in or speak with us directly.
In severe cases, our physiotherapists can refer you onto a specialist orthotist for helmet therapy, to be used in conjunction with physiotherapy.
If your child is in kindergarten this year, chances are you are thinking about school in 2016… and asking yourself, ‘Is my child ready?’
There are a lot of resources and lists concerning ‘readiness for school’. Readiness will influence a child’s ability to thrive, to learn and to enjoy their first year of school.
Many resources focus on emotional and cognitive readiness… but what about physical readiness?
As learning has become more interactive and dynamic, it is important your child has the stamina to get involved with their learning, and get involved in social and physical play.
These activities require skills that your child has been building upon from birth.
Dressing is actually quite complex! (Just ask a 2 year old.) It requires motor planning and problem solving to know how to do it; coordination and balance to get the clothes on; and fine motor dexterity, strength and co-ordination to do zips, buttons and ties.
At school they will take jackets on and off, and will need to go to the toilet independently.
This is different from normal ‘business’ of 5 year olds!
On the floor, children should be able to sit cross-legged with their backs ‘tall’ and their hands in their lap. If sitting on the floor quickly turns into slouching, leaning, lying or ‘W’ sitting (feet turned outwards), and they have a similar issue with sitting in a chair at the table, their core strength and sitting stamina may be an issue. It is very difficult to focus on literacy (for example) if you’re busy trying to stay upright.
At this age, children are developing a mature grip and life long habits. Difficulties in this area can mean issues with dexterity, co-ordination, strength and/or motor planning.
Sometimes, children need a little more than practice and opportunity. If your child is struggling in more than one area, they may benefit from an assessment and tailored program from one of our physiotherapists.
In some instances, difficulties in these areas can be a symptom of something else. If you are unsure, or concerned with your child’s ability, contact us for an assessment.