What is Physiotherapy in the Early Intervention Therapy Program?
Physiotherapists (PTs) in the Early Intervention Therapy Program at the BC Centre for Ability offer services to children with developmental concerns or disabilities, and their families. PT’s work collaboratively with speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and social workers to provide screening, assessment, and intervention services to children referred to the Early Intervention Therapy Program. Services focus on helping children become successful in daily routines and participation in home and daily life.
Who Do We Serve?
We serve children from birth to 5 years of age who have physical, neurological, intellectual or developmental disabilities and reside in Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver, West Vancouver or Richmond.
Why is Physiotherapy Important?
Physiotherapists are health care professionals who evaluate and diagnose motor challenges. Working in collaboration with parents and other caregivers, physiotherapist systematically address the child’s motor development difficulties through therapeutic activities in various environments. The ultimate goal of therapy is to help each child live, move, and participate in life as independently as possible.
All BCCFA’s Physiotherapists are licensed to practice in BC and hold either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited university program. Physiotherapists are registered with the College of Physical Therapists of BC at www.cptbc.org
What Do We Offer?
Physical therapists work with your child to assess their current level of motor function and then work with the family on a variety of service options available. PT’s have a key role in supporting families of children with a broad range of movement issues.
How Our Services Are Organized:
Tier I services are educational sessions on a variety of topics in response to emerging client needs. These sessions provide information and general strategies for families to try at home. Tier I services are open to all parents referred for therapy services and many are open to other caregivers.
Tier II services are specific to each child’s needs and are offered to small groups of parents on matters that match their needs and priorities or to children who would benefit from therapy group intervention to address specific goals. Tier II services are offered to families following the screening assessment.
Tier III services are specialized hands-on services to address a specific area of need. Intervention services at this level require a full assessment of the child’s skills and developmental level.
Children with very high medical needs will immediately move to Tier III on discharge from hospital and may receive direct intervention for a period of time. Children with less complex needs will be best served by the services offered in Tier I and Tier II. Families may see their child move between the services offered in Tier II and Tier III multiple times while they are with the BCCFA.
Where Are Services Delivered?
Services may be delivered in a variety of environments and may change as your child grows. Locations include the BC Centre for Ability, regional clinics, home, community settings or in daycare or preschool facilities. Decisions about where and when to deliver services are dependent on goals being addressed, the family situation and therapy team capacity.
How to Access Physiotherapy Services:
A physician referral is not necessary to access the BC Centre for Ability Physiotherapy services. Please complete the Parent Request for Service Form or if you are a community professional please complete the Physician and Healthcare Provider Request for Service Form found in the Resources section to the right. Parent or guardian written consent is required to speak with other professionals about your child.
If other service needs become evident, internal referrals can be made to BCCFA services to facilitate a team approach.
If your child is receiving services from another provider and you wish to transfer to BCCFA your request to transfer can be discussed with the Director of Physiotherapy. Decisions to transfer are based primarily on the clinical profile of the child.