Robyn Tacon Physiotherapists Inc.
Robyn Tacon, Jatan Patel and Nandi Ndaba
- Advanced General Movement Assessment for premature and full term babies
- MAES Trained Therapist
- NDT Advanced Baby Treatment
- NDT Advanced Dyskinesia
- Neuro-developmental Therapy (NDT)
- BSc Physiotherapy (UCT), BSc OT (Stellenbosch), BSc Physiotherapy (UCT)
Key areas of interest:
- Assisting children to enhancing musculoskeletal posture, movement, strength and endurance so that their gross and fine motor skills as well as balance and co-ordination can develop
- Facilitate play based learning skills
- Assist in the development of independence in functional activities of daily living
- Provide, source and adapt specialised equipment
- We have a special interest in working with children who have genetic disorders or neurological difficulties such as cerebral palsy and rheumatological difficulties such as hyper-mobility syndrome
Our approach and values
Paediatric physiotherapists are trained to understand and treat a wide range of childhood conditions, ranging from musculoskeletal to cardiorespiratory and neurological problems. Children learn through play, thus, activities are designed to make therapy fun. Treatment is evidence-based, committed to optimising a child’s movement, which is achieved by gaining the best muscle and joint function available in the growing body. Physiotherapists work to achieve correct skeletal modelling, muscle activation, muscle balance, joint position and overall alignment or posture.
Most children develop in a typical manner. When they move or play, they automatically develop their senses and motor skills. However, in some children, their development is delayed or follows an atypical pattern for various reasons. These children would require additional assistance to develop the correct muscle usage and therefore appropriate motor milestones.
Paediatric Physiotherapists treat:
- Low Muscle Tone – The child with low tone has muscles that are slow to initiate a muscle contraction, contract very slowly in response to a stimulus, and cannot maintain a contraction for as long as his peers. This can often associated with hyper flexibility and hypermobility of the joints.
- Developmental Delay – Any significant lag in a child’s physical, cognitive, behavioral, emotional, or social development, in comparison with norms. This is when a child has difficulties in reaching age appropriate milestones.
- Premature Infants – Children born prior to 40 weeks gestation. Intervention is best as early as possible, though therapy is still beneficial when the child is older.
- Genetic Conditions/Syndromes – A disorder or condition caused by an absent or defective gene or by a chromosomal aberration. For example Cystic Fibrosis or Down Syndrome.
- Congenital Conditions/ Complications – Conditions resulting from problems during pregnancy or at birth. For example Congenital Torticollis or Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
- Orthopaedic/Musculoskeletal Conditions – Conditions affecting the skeleton, muscles and connective tissue system. For example Muscular Dystrophy or Dislocation/Fractures.
- Neurological Conditions Disorders or conditions associated with an undeveloped or injured nervous system – central and peripheral (brain or spinal cord injury), resulting in physical and cognitive challenges. For example Cerebral Palsy or Traumatic Brain Injury.
- Coordination & Balance Disorders – Children who struggle with tasks requiring complex weight shifts and coordinated movements, often told they are ‘clumsy’; can include neurological reasons. For example Developmental Coordination Disorder or Dyspraxia.
- Respiratory Conditions – Conditions affecting the lungs and breathing ability. For example Asthma or RSV.
- Postural Problems – Concerns regarding habitual sitting and standing posture; slouching; leaning; lethargy; low endurance. For example Scoliosis.
- Rheumatologic Conditions – Conditions presenting with chronic inflammation and/or rheumatologic markers. For example Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.