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Complex physical difficulties

Complex physical disability describe children who have difficulties with physical movement and posture control  for a range of reasons. For example this could be related to a  genetic condition affecting their mobility, or problem with muscle development, or children with Cerebral Palsy.

Children with complex physical disability also often experience difficulty with learning, movement, posture control, sensory processing, feeding, hand control, vision. They may also have difficulty accessing social and physical opportunities at the same level as their peers, and often require additional support to participate fully.

Children often require support with equipment and aids in order for them to access learning in the school, participating in the family life at home and outside in the community.

What you can do to help

It is important your child has plenty of opportunity in mixing with their peers and ensuring they are as active as possible with appropriate level of supervision.

How we can help

Children are assessed by a multidisciplinary team along with the parents/Carer which comprises of a number of professionals including community paediatrician, paediatric physiotherapist, and paediatric occupational therapist. Sometimes it may be appropriate for other professionals to be part of this assessment e.g. speech and language therapist according to your child’s needs. Children are seen in  a range of settings including school, hospital and community clinics.

We assess children looking at their holistic needs in a multidisciplinary clinic setting and liaise with other professionals including education and other allied health professionals.

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