With Stephanie Sollazzo, Registered Physiotherapist
More Than A "Kid Friendly" Clinic
We believe that kids aren't just little adults: they require a therapist that is trained to recognize these differences and understand problems that can arise in kids throughout the critical childhood years. Kids physio should be fun, child AND family centered, and growth focused. At CONNECT you can expect to work with a therapist who wants to help you create the best future for your child
Meet Stephanie, Your Paediatric Physiotherapist
Stephanie started working with children many years ago coaching gymnastics and teaching dance in high school, and volunteering at Kids Ability Centre for Child Development in Waterloo during university setting the stage to work with children as a career.
After a clinical placement at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, Stephanie knew she wanted to work there. She spent 12 years training and working at the hospital in many areas of practice. She loves working with children of all ages and abilities.
She has experience working with children with neurodiverse conditions such as Trisomy 21, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, genetic conditions, high and low tone, neurodevelopmental delay, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, post surgical, orthopaedic paediatric conditions, and much more.
Kids are not just small adults, and working with someone who is trained and attuned to these differences, and who can approach their care in a fun and age appropriate manner is the secret to successful kids physiotherapy.
How Do I Know If Paediatric Physiotherapy Is Right For My Child?
Kids may need physiotherapy for a variety of reasons.
As infants for plagiocephaly (flat head), torticollis (neck tightness), and motor skill development. As they grow for building coordination, balance, and gross motor skills. There may be specific concerns for your child such as growth related issues, hip development, scoliosis, foot positioning, to name a few.
Paediatric physiotherapy is beneficial for children of all abilities and may also be used as a supplement to in-school physiotherapy services, or while waiting for in-school services.
WHAT STEPHANIE'S CLIENTS
“Steph is amazing!
She took the time to get to know my son, who is nonverbal, and figure out what motivates him. She knows just how to push him, and he has been so successful since working with her.
We are so grateful for Steph and the team at Connect!”
What Happens In A Paediatric Treatment Session
Your child leads the first visit, and every visit.
The most important aspect is that they feel safe in the environment and that they and you start building a relationship with their therapist. Most children feel comfortable as soon as they walk into CONNECT's bright, spacious, kid friendly room. There will be toys and equipment available that meet their age level and interest.
Each session will focus on your child's goals with the flexibility to include their interests that day.
Paediatric physiotherapy looks a lot like PLAY. And that is because this is how children interact with their environment. 3 sets of 10 repetitions does not work with kids. Sessions are often busy, with variety and many play options.
Success for your child will include working on things at home and in school. A family centred approach makes home programs accessible and do-able for your family. You are always included in the session, and Stephanie takes time to explain all aspects with you, and if needed communicates with your child's other healthcare team members and school supports.
Summer Outdoor Hydrotherapy Program
Our Outdoor Hydrotherapy program is fully operational for the Summer of 2022.
Children of all diagnoses can experience fun, customized therapy sessions in a heated, private pool.
Click below to learn more about hydrotherapy and it's benefit for your child.
Speaking & Workshops
Stephanie is available for speaking opportunities and workshops in the Grey Bruce area. Previous engagements include:
Sprains, Strains and Gains - Georgian Bay Phoenix Gymnastics Club
Infant Development - Early Years Centre
Yoga Classes in school - East Ridge, St Basils, St Marys, FLEX program Georgian College
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