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What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists at Grandview provide a range of services to support the development and maintenance of functional mobility skills at home, and in the community.  These services may be available for your child from birth through the school years.

Physiotherapists work with children/youth and their families/caregivers to achieve goals such as achievement of new mobility milestones, maintenance of posture and alignment of the body needed for breathing, digestion and movement, or participation in physical activities with family and friends.

Grandview’s physiotherapists are regulated health professionals and are licensed to practice under the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. Grandview also employs therapy assistants who may address a portion of your child’s treatment plan under the supervision of a physiotherapist.

What services can the Program/Discipline offer?


A comprehensive assessment can help you and your therapist understand your child’s motor skills and interests. Therapists use a variety of observational and standardized assessment tools to measure physical and developmental change. Therapists can help you understand your child’s development in comparison to their peers and help you recognize changes in your own child over time. As well as looking at motor development, the therapist will assess and try to better understand your child’s:

  • Musculoskeletal System: How do the bones and muscles work together to move the body?
  • Neuromotor System: How does the brain and nervous system work to move the musculoskeletal system?
  • Participation/Function: How well do the above systems work together to enable a person to move around safely and independently in their home, school, and community?


A team approach ensures a shared understanding of your child and family’s needs, treatment plans, and care-giving strategies. Individualized treatment programs will be developed for your child based on discussion with you about areas of priority defined from the assessment findings and shared goals. We’ll offer practical suggestions to help your child and family achieve improved motor function. Long term follow up ensures continuity of care.

Who is eligible for Grandview’s Program/Discipline?

  • Geographic criteria – Children living in Durham Region
  • Age criteria – Newborn to 19 years – dependent on the area of concern
  • Diagnostic criteria – physical, neurological or genetic challenges impacting general development and ability to participate in mobility activities at home or in the community.

How to apply?

If you are not currently accessing services at Grandview, a Grandview Children’s Centre Referral Form will be required to access Occupational Therapy.  If your child is already accessing another service at Grandview the clinician may be able to complete an internal referral for your child.

How long is the wait?

Please note the waiting time for this program can vary.  Children are seen based on the date the referral was received.

Additional Information

Places to look for a list of private Physiotherapy services

Ontario Physiotherapy Association – 1-800-672-9668 –

Screening tools/milestone information


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