Physiotherapy helps children improve their gross motor skills during development or after an accident or injury. Examples of gross motor skills include crawling, sitting, walking, running, jumping, climbing and ball skills.

Children may have received a diagnosis of torticollis, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, low muscle tone (hypotonia), autism spectrum disorder, developmental delay, Developmental Coordination Disorder or gross motor delay. Alternatively, they may also simply be experiencing difficulty with motor skills that results in making it harder for them to keep up with their peers during recreational activities.

Physiotherapists optimize a child’s function based on their individual needs. They assess and treat muscle tightness, core stability, muscle strength, muscle endurance, postural control, balance and coordination.

Child ClimbingChildren with mild to severe difficulties with motor skills can benefit from therapy.

For babies and younger children, HeartSpace Physical Therapy sessions combine play with gentle handling by the therapist to achieve increased independence in motor skills. Older children and adolescents may be able to participate in more structured exercises to achieve their goals.

HeartSpace Physical Therapy for Children has been providing home-based Physiotherapy services to children and families in the Niagara, Burlington and Hamilton regions for over 10 years. In a relaxed atomosphere, children and families can talk and play, building a positive, trusting relationship with Shelley. With the support of this relationship, Shelley assists the child in working towards increased independence. Shelley believes that therapy should be a positive experience for children and families, a space where they can feel supported as they work towards their goals. To this end, Shelley provides services to families in their homes as well as at her HeartSpace clinic.

The clinic is located at 40 Mountain Street, St. Catharines ON L2T 2S4

No doctor’s referral is needed to access HeartSpace services. Please contact Shelley at 905.380.1627 orfor more information.