How we will help you



When babies and toddlers are referred to us, we carry out an assessment to learn how their bodies move. We look at any difficulties they may have and how we might be able to help. The assessment depends on a baby’s age and ability. It might include therapists from other CRC departments, including Occupational Therapy (hyperlink) or Speech and Language Therapy (hyperlink).

What happens during a physiotherapy assessment?

During a first assessment, we observe how a baby moves and plays in different positions. An assessment can sometimes take a few visits to complete because we need to find out about


  • Muscle strength and co-ordination
  • Motor development
  • Posture and balance
  • Quality of movement


We will ask about a baby’s early development, medical history and difficulties with motor skills. Following the assessment, we will discuss the outcome with families and write up a report.


Therapy Programme

If you are living in Dublin and attending the CRC, we will develop a therapy programme for your toddler. We will agree goals with you and we try to take your family commitments into account.
If you live outside Dublin and attend a local therapy service, we will liaise with your local team about our recommendations.

A unique programme for your baby

Your baby’s physiotherapy programme is unique to his or her specific needs. Most babies and toddlers enjoy coming for physiotherapy. With your permission, we might video your toddler’s progress for record purposes. Your baby’s programme might include


  • One-to-one with the physiotherapist
  • A group therapy programme with other babies
  • A therapy programme with other departments, including Speech and Language Therapy (hyperlink) or Occupational Therapy (hyperlink).


  • Information on Back Care
  • Information on Tummy Time
  • Information for Dublin-based clients
  • Information for babies and toddlers based outside Dublin