Conditions Affecting Infants and Children

infantsandchildrenConditions Affecting Infants and Children

Infants and children who have been diagnosed with a developmental disorder such as Cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, or Developmental delay, are usually referred for ongoing therapies at the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC). Children who have Developmental Coordination Disorder or other movement problems may be eligible for therapy at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). These are both publicly funded services.

Physiotherapy through Action Potential Rehabilitation may be indicated when:

  • Your child is on a waiting list for physiotherapy at OCTC or CHEO
  • Your child would respond better being treated at home
  • It is difficult for you to transport your child to therapy appointments
  • Your child would benefit from Pool Therapy
  • Your child requires more frequent therapy than is currently available
  • Your child is not eligible to receive physiotherapy services from OCTC or CHEO (Quebec resident or school-age child)
  • Your child has not yet received a diagnosis and you are concerned about their movement or development

In seeking physiotherapy treatment for your child with a developmental disorder, it is important that you inquire as to the background and training of the therapist to ensure that they have expertise in treating children with developmental disabilities.

The paediatric physiotherapists at Action Potential Rehabilitation have worked extensively with infants and children with movement disorders. They have taken many specialized courses in treatment approaches such as Motor Relearning, Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT), and Medek. They also have training in techniques such as Kinesiotaping and Myofascial Release, which can be beneficial adjuncts to Hands-on Physiotherapy. Our therapists are familiar with paediatric equipment (standers, gait trainers, adapted tricycles, theratogs, AFO’s etc), and current best practices in physiotherapy for children. They can provide you with the support and treatment that your child needs to help them reach their potential.



This website provides general information about our services and various conditions. It is not intended to be used for self-assessment or treatment, and is not a substitute for an individualized treatment plan developed by a registered physiotherapist.