“Hi, This is Kim, Kemptville’s one and only Pediatric Physiotherapist, bringing 14 years of practice working with children and over 20 years of clinical experience. I am excited to announce the launch of my website, blog & business Stepping Stone Pediatric Physical Therapy, in partnership with Kemptville Kids. I have extensive expertise in the field of Pediatric Physiotherapy and child development and for my first blog post, I thought parents would be interested in a brief introduction on what you and your child’s first visit would look and feel like.
Sam’s First Visit to Pediatric Physiotherapy in Kemptville*
He is 18 months old. Mom and Dad are worried he is not walking yet. Grandma says he is lazy. The doctor says he has something called low muscle tone. Mom Google’s low muscle tone in infants but still isn’t quite sure what to make of it. “Is there something wrong with our son? Will he be able to go to school like his cousins? Get a job?”…
The family doctor refers Sam to a Pediatric Physiotherapist, one who specializes in child development, and says she believes it could be helpful for him.
Dad calls the local Pediatric Center that afternoon for a first assessment. He is able to get an appointment within the week.
Parents accompany Sam into a private room for their one-on-one appointment with a Therapist. The room is set up in advance for Sam with a mat on the floor, a small table and some age-appropriate toys. The room is clean and inviting. Dad puts Sam on the mat to begin exploring his new environment. Both Mom and Dad sit down with the Physiotherapist and begin explaining their concerns about Sam and what they hope to accomplish today. She takes the time to explain her role and the diagnosis the family doctor has provided. She then begins to talk about some of the movement patterns she sees in Sam while he plays. With consent from parents, she performs a gentle hands-on examination of Sam’s flexibility and strength. When Sam appears to dislike something the Physiotherapist catches the cues immediately and changes the activity.
After the assessment, she offers up some recommendations and activities to do at home and/or daycare that are very doable in the parent’s busy day. She provides parents with a summary of the appointment. To conclude a follow-up appointment is scheduled in one month’s time to check in on Sam’s progress and make any appropriate changes to his recommendations. Sam’s parents leave feeling empowered, with a better understanding of their son’s diagnosis and full potential!
*This is a fictional example created for the purposes of sharing what a client’s first visit might look and feel like.