Kids should not just be treated as small adults. Different growing stages, developmental milestones and cognitive level of each child needs careful consideration and time.
Paediatric physiotherapy is designed to help children achieve their optimal movement and development. Amanda completed her post-graduate diploma in Child Health through AUT in 2016 and has studied paediatric physiotherapy through Monash University. She previously worked as the paediatric physiotherapist at Tauranga Hospital before joining the Avenues Physio-Fitness team.
It is essential that children, from infants through to adolescence are treated by a physiotherapist who understands childhood development and movement. Amanda has extensive experience in treating children with varying conditions including congenital torticollis, cerebral palsy, developmental delay and general coordination difficulties. Additionally, her passion for sport sees her also overseeing our treatment of all youth sporting injuries.
Treatment will vary from hands on therapy, posture education, core and muscle strengthening but always with an underlying focus on your child’s goals and developmental needs. Overall, your child needs to feel comfortable with their therapist. All of our staff aim to build the essential rapport with your child and do our best to ensure that age appropriate play is incorporated into your child’s treatment at all times. Our goal is to have strengthening and coordination tasks disguised within games in our large exercise and gym space. This allows optimal engagement and an enjoyable experience for all involved. Furthermore, these games can then be carried on at home to ensure the best treatment outcomes can be achieved. We ensure that we spend the necessary time that your child needs to understand their injury or condition and that exercises and treatments are made as fun as possible. The staff at Avenues Physio-Fitness also ensure that we communicate with schools, coaches and medical professionals regularly to ensure the best outcome is reached. Please contact our reception with any questions regarding the important care of your child.