ABOUT EARLY INTERVENTION THERAPY PROFESSIONS
Physiotherapists work with children from birth to 6 years on their mobility and physical development. Physiotherapists can help with:
- motor skill development
- muscle strengthening and stretching
- positioning strategies to address flattening of the head
- specialized equipment (i.e. walking aids, wheelchairs, orthotics etc.
Physiotherapists assess skills such as rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, climbing, running, and jumping.
Our Physiotherapists hold a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy and are registered with the College of Physical Therapists of BC. https://cptbc.org/
For more information about Physiotherapy, please see College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia: https://cptbc.org/.
Speech Language Pathologists
Speech Language Pathologists want to help children become the best communicators they can be. SLPs do this by supporting children in the following areas:
- Understanding language
- Using language
- Making and sequencing speech sounds
- Using language to connect with others socially and in play
- Using fluent and smooth speech
- Introducing alternative ways to communicate such as signs, visuals,
- and low-tech or high-tech devices
- Supporting feeding skills
Our Speech and Language Pathologists have a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology and must be registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia. (https://www.cshbc.ca/).
Occupational Therapists in BC must be registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (https://cotbc.org/). For more information regarding Occupational Therapy please see https://caot.ca/site/aboutot/whatisot?nav=sidebar.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS (OT)
Occupational Therapists work with families to enable a child to perform the activities they want to or need to do to fulfil their identified occupations. Occupations for children may include taking care of personal needs, playing and contributing as a family member. Occupational Therapists can help with:
- Self-care routines including dressing, mealtimes, grooming, bathing, safety, toileting, and sleep
- Learning through play including pretend, creative, independent and peer play as well as participation in child care routines
- Selection of equipment to support participation in daily activities including adaptive seating, wheelchairs, bathing and toileting supports, adaptive utensils, and accessible toys
- Environmental adaptations to increase inclusion, accessibility, independence and overall success at home, school and play