At Everyday Independence, we live and breathe the social model of support. When physiotherapy is recommended, our physiotherapists come to a person’s home, workplace, school, or any place they spend time to see how they interact with their environment. During these COVID times, we have also introduced phone or video calls for the initial session.
A common misconception is that physiotherapy is useful only to people who are recovering from an illness or injury. However, physiotherapy is ideal for supporting children and adults with disabilities to participate in the physical activities they are interested in. The possibilities are endless but supporting a child with autism to ride a bike, for example, can build up their confidence and positively impact their ability to socialise, make friends and set up healthy exercise practices for life.
Here are some ways a physiotherapist can support a person with a disability:
- They really get to know the person. They will want to hear about the people and the things in the person’s life that are important to them. This includes what they would like to achieve both in the long and short term, and how they can support the person and their family to build capacity in the most enjoyable and interactive way.
- Conduct a physiotherapy assessment to look at how the person moves around their home and community doing everyday things. This includes assessments of how their body functions, such as muscle strength, joint movement, endurance or fitness and balance. They make recommendations to build capacity to achieve their goals.
- Prescribe mobility equipment to help them stand, walk or move around more easily or independently within their home, school, workplace or local community. This can be anything from a walking stick to a highly specialised walking frame or wheelchair.
- Tailor exercises to help improve their mobility, skill level, muscle strength, flexibility and fitness, so that they can achieve their goals.
- Access sport or recreational opportunities in the community such as team sports, PE lessons at school, local community classes or gym programs to increase social participation, physical health and wellbeing.
In essence, our physiotherapists’ role is to work with children and adults, their family and their support network, to inspire belief in themselves and the everyday possibilities that expand their horizons to ultimately achieve their potential.
Read more on the social model of support or call our Intake Team on 1300 179 131 to speak to us about your physiotherapy needs.