Therapy for my child

You think your child needs physiotherapy?

Discuss the further procedure with your paediatrician. Here you will find further information about the treatment of your child. Feel free to discuss this with your paediatrician!

Paediatric physiotherapists

A paediatric physiotherapist is a trained physiotherapist with broad paediatric-specific expertise, which he/she has acquired through practical work experience and continuous training and/or further education. Excellent, addressee-appropriate communication and relationship skills paired with very high social and self-competences support him/her in the individual therapeutic support of the child and his/her environment.

A good start to the physiotherapeutic treatment

No child is too small for physiotherapy. Therapy can begin in the first days of life. The treatment is painless and you can stay with your child at all times.

If your child has been prescribed physiotherapy, treatment should start within five weeks. You should contact a paediatric physiotherapist as soon as possible. Preventive treatment, especially with babies, has better results.

A prescription for physiotherapy treatment is valid for nine sessions. If your child’s health so requires, the therapy can be extended for three more series. After the first nine sessions, your insurer (health insurance, accident insurance or IV) has the right to ask your doctor or physiotherapist for further information. With the agreement of your insurer, you can also apply for long-term treatment (4×9 treatments).

Under this link you will find a physiopaediatrica approved children’s physiotherapist in your area.

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Therapy and everyday life

Paediatric physiotherapists support your family in successfully integrating the therapy measures into your everyday life. The physiotherapeutic treatment is adapted to the sensomotoric development of your child.

Paediatric physiotherapists are specialised in children and young people. They are familiar with the child-specific development and possible complications and apply appropriate therapy methods. The therapy is carried out in a playful manner appropriate to the child’s age. Motivation and enjoyment of movement have been proven to increase learning success.

In addition to the therapeutic treatment, your child physiotherapist will give you valuable advice and recommendations and show you how the therapeutic measures can be successfully integrated into your everyday life.

  • Assessment of your child’s motor development status
  • Demonstration of positioning and handling or manipulation
  • Recommendations for suitable toys
  • Advice on and adaptation of suitable movement and locomotion options
  • Support for the correct use of assistive devices
  • Recommendations for everyday activities such as personal hygiene, getting undressed, meals, etc.

Child physiotherapists will work together with the child’s entourage if desired. With the consent of the parent or guardian, they will – if necessary – contact other specialists such as doctors, occupational therapists, speech therapists, educators or teachers. On request, they take part in interdisciplinary discussions.


*This definition was developed by Lea Meier as part of the module ‘Transfer Module 2 – Research’ of the MSc Physiotherapy at the ZHAW.