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Offered in Durham 

At SPARK, Physiotherapy focuses on helping children with movement and functional challenges due to surgery, illness, or disability. 

SPARK offers Physiotherapy assessment and, if appropriate, treatment to address your child's specific needs.

What is Physiotherapy?

What is a Physiotherapist?

About SPARK's Physiotherapists

How to Access Physiotherapy Services

with SPARK

(Offered in: Durham)

What is


  • Physiotherapy is an evidence-based regulated health profession that involves assessment, treatment, and management of acute and chronic conditions, the prevention of injury and disability, and the overall promotion of health and well-being.

  • The profession’s scope is defined in the Physiotherapy Act (1991), and it is included in the Regulated Health Professions Act (1991).

  • The goals of any type of Physiotherapy are to contribute to the development and/or rehabilitation of function, to promote independence and prevent injuries and disability.

  • Physiotherapy aims to improve quality of life, and allow individuals to maximize their ability to live an active, healthy lifestyle.

What is Physiotherapy

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What is a 

Physiotherapist (PT)?

  • Physiotherapists are health care professionals who help to evaluate, maintain, and restore physical function.

  • Physiotherapists are concerned with mobility, strength, and endurance, which are needed for maintaining independence and carrying out complex activities.

  • 'Physiotherapist' is a protected title named under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005. Only professionals who are registered with the appropriate regulatory body may use the title specific for that profession.

    • In Ontario, Physiotherapists are registered with the  College of Physiotherapists of Ontario (CPO), the regulatory organization that oversees the practice of Physiotherapists in Ontario.

    • In order to qualify for entrance into the profession and ongoing service delivery within the profession, each Physiotherapist must meet the College’s requirements.

    • The programs and standards of this regulatory body help to ensure that, when receiving the services of an Physiotherapist, you can expect to receive care from a qualified professional who is held to a high standard. This means that clients will receive high-quality, safe, and ethical care.


Physiotherapists help people to improve physical function and increase levels of independence by:

  • Performing manual (hands-on) treatment

  • Guiding with therapeutic exercises

  • Utilizing therapeutic modalities

  • Teaching self-management

What is a PT?

About SPARK's Physiotherapists

SPARK's Physiotherapists have Masters Degrees in Physical Therapy and are licensed to practice in the province of Ontario. SPARK's Physiotherapists are members in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario (CPO) and Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). To get connected with a SPARK Physiotherapist, contact us!


At SPARK, our Physiotherapists are passionate about working with the pediatric population (ages 0 to 18), and are skilled and experienced in the following areas:

About SPARK's PTs

Gross Motor Skills

and Mobility

  • Developmental delay/Global Developmental delay (GDD)

  • Weight challenges

  • Club Foot

  • Pigeon toes

  • Toe walking

  • Flat head (plagiocephaly)

  • Torticollis

  • Intoeing

  • Out toeing 

  • PTs work with children to assist them with their mobility: enabling them to move through their environment with the most independence as possible. 

  • A motor skill is an action that involves a child using their muscles. They are skills that enable the movements and tasks a child does on a daily basis.

  • Gross motor skills involve the use of large muscles in the body, such as the arms, legs, and other large body parts. 

    • A child uses their gross motor skills when they engage in activities such as, walking, crawling, and swimming. ​

  • Children typically develop their gross motor skills (rolling over, crawling, walking, etc.) in a predictable sequence and within a predictable time frame.

    • Physiotherapy can help when a child is not meeting their motor milestones as expected. 

Some examples of conditions/concerns our Physiotherapists can help with, include, but are not limited to:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Acquired brain injury (ABI)

  • Cerebral palsy (CP)

  • Hypotonia (flopping baby syndrome)

  • Down Syndrome (DS)

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)

  • Neuromuscular disorders

  • Spina bifida

  • Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS)

  • Developmental Coordination

       Disorder (DCD)

Strength, Endurance, Balance, and Coordination

In addition to working on supporting children's motor development, our Physiotherapists can also address concerns with:  

  • Strength

  • Endurance

  • Balance

  • Tone

  • Coordination

  • Range of motion

  • Stamina

  • Slouching/poor core strength

  • Body awareness

  • Muscle weakness

  • Flexibility

  • Bike riding

  • Catching/throwing


  • Following surgery, our Physiotherapists can work with a child to help improve their mobility during the rehabilitation process.

  • Our PTs can address a variety of concerns that could be present following surgery, such as, weakness, decreased flexibility, poor posture, difficulty walking, decreased balance, and pain with movement.

  • Some examples of surgeries our Physiotherapists can help to address include, but are not limited to: 

    • Derotation osteotomy​

    • Limping

    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

    • Spinal Cord Injury 

    • Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR)

How to Access Physiotherapy Services with SPARK

To discuss how Physiotherapy Services may benefit your child, or if you'd like to get set up with services, please contact us today!

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