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Baby lying on tummy

When should my baby roll?

Your baby may be able to flip from their tummy to their back from as early as 3 months of age. They may learn to be more purposeful with this movement when they reach 4-5 months. It may take longer for them to be able to roll onto their tummy from lying on their backs because this requires greater core strength and coordination of movement. It may be until they reach 5-6 months old, that they become independent with rolling both ways.


How do I help my baby roll?

Tummy time at the early stages of life is essential to helping your baby develop the strength that they need for rolling. This position allows your baby to build up strength in their neck, shoulders, core and arms, which is required for the roll. When your baby gets older, they eventually learn to engage and interact with their surrounding environment for example an intriguing toy, or even you. It is good to provide your baby with a set up that will motivate and offer them an incentive to roll.


What do I do if my baby isn’t rolling?

If your baby hasn’t figured out how to roll by 6-7 months of age, do make an appointment to come and see us. We can help to assess why your baby isn’t developing as they should, or if they have other factors that might contribute to this. It is good to note that babies develop at different rates and some may take longer than others to reach specific developmental milestones.

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Quiet Hour at Coles Ringwood Square

On Tuesdays between 10:30-11:30am Coles Ringwood Square (and Balwyn) is trialling a Quiet Hour until the end of September. Alexis, one of our Physiotherapists headed over from the Ringwood office today to check it out. Here’s her review…
“Even before I walked into the store I instantly felt a sense of calm and quiet. The usual supermarket radio was turned off and there was only the soft hum of the refrigerator fans. The deli and bakery areas had turned off many of their bright lights which made those spaces feel very peaceful. I spoke to a really helpful staff member there who informed me that each of the fluorescent lights in the general aisles has two globes each but only one was operational during quiet hour. The aisles still seemed fairly bright to me, but he assured me that if both light globes were working, you would definitely notice the difference. The lights in the refrigerator sections do need to stay on, as they are on the same circuit as the refrigerator fans.
Interestingly, the staff member reported that he himself was enjoying the change and felt much more calm – an added bonus to have relaxed staff!
There weren’t many people shopping in the store during this time and the young children who were there with their parents seemed calm and happy.”
Let us know what you think about Quiet Hour, we’d love your feedback.
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What is the NDIS?

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:

  • Ensuring that every child or loved one with a permanent disability can get the support they need
  • Recognising that exercising choice and control in the pursuit of their goals and in the delivery of supports is a fundamental right of a person with disability
  • Providing funding for reasonable and necessary supports that are related to an individual’s disability

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:


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Physiotherapy for Positional Plagiocephaly and other head shape concerns.


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:

  • Plagiocephaly is a term used to describe an asymmetrical head shape, characterised by an asymmetrical flattening caused by repeated external pressure.
  • Brachycephaly refers to a condition where the head is disproportionally wide compared to its depth.
  • Scaphocephaly describes a disproportionately long and narrow shaped head.
  • Craniosynostosis may present with an asymmetrical head shape, however this is caused by premature fusion of one or more of the skull sutures.


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.


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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 you would like to speak to someone about getting your baby’s head assessed please contact us on 9899 4004.
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National Disability Insurance Scheme

Stepping Forward Therapy Services are registered providers under the scheme.

Our team is here to support your child in their development and appreciate that this often requires a multifaceted approach. Whether your child needs direct therapy in our purpose-built clinic, aquatic physiotherapy in the pool, telehealth sessions, support in their community/school and/or therapy sessions with our therapy assistant – we can provide!

Our therapists value a multi-disciplinary team approach and often utilise joint sessions with other therapists and work closely with schools, childcare and families to strive towards your child’s goals. 

We provide services under Capacity Building Supports – Improved Daily Living to support your child in achieving their plan goals. Our physiotherapists also provide assessments and prescriptions for assistive technology, and facilitate trials of custom equipment. These include strollers, orthoses, chairs, wheelchairs, walkers, standers and more. 

For more information on the NDIS:

National Disability Insurance Scheme

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