Children’s Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy

Next Steps Children’s Therapy Ltd Specialise In Children’s Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy In Kent and East Sussex.

Next Steps Children’s Therapy Ltd is a small, private paediatric practice covering Kent, East Sussex and surrounding areas. We specialise in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy assessment and treatment of children from babies up to young teenagers.

Paediatric physiotherapy is the treatment and care of babies, children and young people from birth to 19 years. Paediatric physiotherapists bring their specialist skills as physiotherapists and have additional expert knowledge and experience of child development and of childhood disabilities.

A paediatric physiotherapist will have completed the usual training to become a chartered physiotherapist ie a BSc or a Masters degree in Physiotherapy and be registered with both the HPCP and CSP. They will usually then have spent some time working with adults before choosing to specialise to work with children. They will hold an enhanced CRB check.

A children’s physiotherapist needs to not only have excellent physiotherapy skills such as a detailed knowledge of anatomy and neurology, well developed assessment and handling skills. They also need to understand normal child development in detail and recognise deviations from this.

In working with children, patience, strong observational skills and a sense of humour are essential!  A children’s physiotherapist needs to be happy to be down on the floor playing and engaging with a child to gain their trust and get the best out of them.

There are a vast number of conditions that a paediatric physiotherapist can assess and treat. Both musculoskeletal, neurological and developmental. Examples include joint hyper mobility, cerebral palsy, developmental delay and developmental coordination disorder or dyspraxia.

A paediatric physiotherapist will assess a child using their strong clinical skills, looking at the child’s movement patterns, their muscle tone, is it higher or lower than typical? Their joint range of movement too much or too little, reflexes. They will look at gross motor skills and how those compare to what is expected for the child’s age. The quality of the movement and the child’s functional skills will be examined.

Sometimes standardised assessments are used such as the Movement ABC. This can sometimes be useful to give a percentile rank to a child’s skills to show how they are comparing to other children matched for age. 

A children’s physiotherapist will not only look at what difficulties a child is experiencing but seek to explore the reasons for this, and look at how the difficulties are effecting them day to day. They will provide written as well as verbal advice and recommendations such as exercises or activities for the family or school to work on to help address the issues. They can provide a detailed report which can be useful to share with other professionals working with a child.  

Children are generally more relaxed and cooperative in a familiar environment so home visits will often be offered by a children’s physiotherapist in order to get the most accurate assessment of a child’s skills.
A children’s physiotherapist from Next Steps Children’s Therapy can help and support your child to achieve their potential.

Who We Are

Who we are

Meet our small team of highly specialist practitioners.

Who We See

Who we see

Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy for children from pre-school age to early teenage years.

What We Offer

What we do

Bespoke Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy assessment and treatment packages.

Get in touch

Please do not hesitate to contact us for an informal chat.

Call us
Gemma Stilliard: 07904715230
Jane Swann: 07870570672

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Treatment hours

Monday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm

Photography credit

Georgina Edwards Photography