• Can you remember when your child was born and how excited you were when he first rolled over and then sat up by himself?  And how about the excitement when she first crawled or pulled herself up to standing?  Every parent dreams of being there when their child takes their first tentative steps.  But who do you turn to when your child isn’t able to do those things, or when you are worried that their development is delayed?  Did you know that physiotherapists are trained and knowledgeable in child development and are skilled at assisting children in reaching those important developmental milestones?

    Child’s Play Physiotherapy provides physiotherapy services for children with a variety of conditions including but not limited to: Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, Club Feet, Cancer, Plagiocephaly (flatness on the back of the head), Torticollis (“Wry Neck”), Autism, Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), and Developmental Delay. 

    The physiotherapist works with parents and caregivers and provides either hands-on treatment or home programming suggestions to meet a parent’s goals for their child.  This could include: working with a parent to teach the child how to rollover or sit up by themselves, assisting a child to play on the playground, or selecting adaptive equipment that enables a child to walk, for example using a walker for additional support.  We might work on improving eye-hand coordination so that the child is able to play ball games more successfully, or on balance so that they can ride a bike. Treatment is generally provided at home or in a child’s local community (playground, pool, etc.)

    We also work with severely involved children and their caregivers providing advice regarding the safest ways to lift and move these children, maintaining maximum strength and flexibility, and assisting the child to experience a variety of positions and movement experiences throughout their day.

    For further information, please contact us.

  • Erica Farrell - Owner

    Erica brings 20+ years of experience in working with children of all ages. Born and raised in England, Erica emigrated to Canada in 1988 and worked for many years for the Grande Prairie Public School District with their special needs population.  Erica has also worked for private pediatric clinics in Grande Prairie and in Abbotsford and for the Chilliwack School District.

    Erica moved to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island in July 2014 and started a private practice designed to meet the needs of children with disabilities in the surrounding area. Erica believes that the key to success when working with children is to engage them through fun and play.  Therapy sessions are generally provided right in the child’s own home and involve games and activities designed to meet the family’s goals for their child.  Therapy can also be provided on the playground or at the local swimming pool!