The term “early intervention” is used to describe the services and supports that are available to babies, infants and young children with disability or other additional needs such as developmental delay. Early intervention should happen as soon as possible after your child’s needs are identified.
Every 20 hours, an Australian child is born with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a non-progressive, neurological disorder that affects movement and posture. It is caused by damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy, birth, or after birth.
Down syndrome is the most common genetic disability that affects one in every 1100 births in Australia. Physiotherapy for infants and children with Down syndrome aims to promote the best possible functional movement patterns and posture early in life.
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that affects the respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. For children with CF, their body produces thick, sticky mucus that clogs their lungs, leading to severe respiratory problems. Cystic fibrosis affects thousands of children worldwide and can significantly impact their quality of life.
Scoliosis is a medical condition that results in an abnormal curvature of the spine. It can affect people of all ages, but it is most commonly diagnosed in children and adolescents. There are different types of scoliosis.
Sepsis can also be known as septicaemia, blood infection or blood poisoning. It occurs when what may be a simple infection progresses throughout the body and the body’s response to an infection damages its own organs and tissues. Sepsis can be caused by any type of infection – bacterial, viral or fungal.
“I find it very satisfying and rewarding when a child receives a new piece of equipment that will make their lives - and that of their families - easier. Whether it is a wheelchair, shower chair, relaxation chair or another item, the day of fitting and delivery is an exciting day for everyone.” Marie, Xavier OT
My name is Charlie and I am a registered Art Therapist at Xavier. Art therapy is a mental health and wellbeing approach that integrates psychotherapeutic techniques with creative processes to improve physical, cognitive and emotional health.