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Neurological and Developmental Conditions

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Paediatric Physiotherapists treat a wide range of neurological and developmental conditions including but not limited to:

  • Hypoxic or Acquired Brain Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • Genetic disorders such as Angelman Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Fragile X, Prader-Willi Syndrome etc.
  • Spina Bifida and other spinal conditions
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Global Developmental Delay/Gross Motor Delay
  • Hypotonia (low muscle tone)
  • Hypertonia (high muscle tone)
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
  • Cancer and post cancer recovery
  • Post surgery or other procedure including Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) Rehabilitation, Superficial Percutaneous Myofascial Lengthening, Botox and serial casting

Physiotherapy Treatment for Neurological and Developmental Conditions at Butterfly:

Our Physiotherapists will complete a comprehensive assessment and develop an individualized treatment plan for your child. They will identify your child’s strengths and areas for future growth. We can help your child attain new gross motor milestones to maximize their physical function and overall quality of life. More importantly, we can prevent the occurrence of bad habits such as poor posture and walking issues.

A Physiotherapy treatment session may include some of the following:

  • Stretching exercises to target your child’s tight muscles. This may be done passively by the Physiotherapist or actively by the child. It is important to prevent contractures in the muscles to allow your child to be as functional as possible
  • Strengthening exercises to target your child’s muscle weaknesses and improve overall function. Typically your therapist will work on core strength, lower and upper body strength.
  • Balance and proprioception exercises to help your child develop body awareness.
  • Gait training to improve their ability to walk and increase their overall cardiovascular endurance. This may be done with a Body Weight Support Treadmill that uses a body harness to support the child on the treadmill, maintain an upright posture and limit overall weight bearing on a slow moving treadmill to elicit the stepping movements.
  • NDT: Neurodevelopmental Treatment is a hands-on method of facilitating weight shifts to create transitional movements while engaging appropriate core and supporting musculature.
  • CME: Cuevas Medek Exercises is a hands-on method used to provoke absent motor responses with an emphasis on stabilizing farther down on your child’s body to allow their brain to learn new movement patterns.
  • Splinting: Splints and casts are external devices used to produce low-force, long duration stretching
  • Electrical stimulation: The goal of the electrical stimulation is to increase muscle strength and motor function. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) involves application of transcutaneous electrical current that results in muscle contraction.

Why Butterfly?

We understand the impact that a neurological or developmental condition can have on both your child and your family as a whole. Our goal is to prevent the negative complications associated with many of these disorders and promote new learning and development.  Our dedicated therapists focus on maximizing your child’s potential and improving their overall quality of life.  More importantly, we strive to make sessions fun to engage your child and help them achieve their personal goals!

To book an assessment or for more information on Neurological and Developmental Conditions please email or call us at 905-206 0300.