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Treating a range of conditions for children

Other Neuromuscular or Genetic Syndromes

Neuromuscular Conditions

Neuromuscular conditions such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) Disease and Fascioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSHD) are some of the neuromuscular conditions that we see.

DMD is the most common childhood muscular dystrophy and is characteried by loss of muscle strength and bulk. CMT is an group term for inherited or genetic disorders that affect the peripheral nervous system. Clinical signs vary widely but can lead to lower limb deformities and foot drop. 

Developmental delay

Developmental delay is a term used to describe when an infant or child is delayed in one or more areas compared to a range of normal development. The areas include fine motor skills, gross motor skills, speech and language, cognitive/ intellectual, social and emotional development. Developmental delay can be transient or persistent.

Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is an umbrella term for a group of disorders affecting physical ability that is a result of brain injury during pregnancy, at birth or shortly after birth (less than 2 years). The injury associated with CP is permanent and generally does not worsen itself, however the physical impairments can change.

Spinal muscular artrophy

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a rare, genetic neuromuscular condition that is likened to the childhood version of Motor Neuron Disease. It progressively affects the nerve cells that control muscles, resulting weakness and paralysis. The condition can be classified into 4 types, graded depending on age of onset and motor function achieved.

Autism spectrum disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder affecting approximately 1 in 100 children, most commonly in boys. ASD has replaced the previous terms “Autistic Disorder”, “Asperger's Disorder” and “Pervasive Developmental Disorder not otherwise specified”. It's marked by social communication difficulties and restricted or repetitive behaviours or interests.

School visits

School visits are an important part of integration of therapy skills into the learning environment, regardless of whether it is a mainstream or special school. It is important to address specific environmental demands and the social factors that may influence a child’s motor performance and confidence in their physical abilities.



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