Meaningful Movement for Kids

Our team of Allied Health professionals are qualified to, and enthusiastic about, supporting kids to improve their fun, fitness, friendships, familial relationships, and functioning.

Our team employ a trans-disciplinary, holistic, child-centered approach, ensuring that every child receives personalised support to be able to explore, learn and grow confidently, to meet their developmental milestones, improve their social interactions and achieve greater independence.

Transdisciplinary care involves skill sharing between clinicians of different allied health backgrounds to allow one clinician to complete a variety of assessments and therapeutic approaches.

This means that our Occupational Therapist can train, communicate, case conference, and work with our Paediatric Exercise Physiologist, to deliver prescribed therapy using a regular, comprehensive, and cost-effective approach.

What is special about the Thriving Lives EP team in care for kids?

Our team possesses the knowledge and experience to assess and consider the complex interplay of biopsychosocial factors influencing a child’s development, temperament and motivation, growth, and functioning, and can therefore assist these families to achieve their goals. Our paediatric team have completed additional training and are committed to providing high quality care. We believe in empowering families with the knowledge and tools they need to support their child to live a life they love.

We are an allied health team who work collaboratively. With families permissions, we seek advice from our team members to enhance the care we provide. This may be within the care team, or for an extra perspective.

We are mobile clinicians who can travel to kids to visit them in their own home, school, a different location of their choice (i.e., their local pool or gym), as well as welcome kids and families to our clinic location, to make attending appointments as convenient as possible.

Our interdisciplinary team of qualified health professionals can achieve many of these outcomes through the delivery of a vast and versatile range of therapy/services which include but are not limited to:

  • Development of individual play based therapy and exercise programs.
  • Prescribe effective exercise interventions that are individualised to your child’s specific needs.
  • NDIS therapy, progress reports and capacity building supports
  • Play based water therapy sessions (hydrotherapy)
  • Telehealth
  • Education and training to families and support teams
  • Supervised exercise and play therapy at home, gym, clinic, pool and community locations
  • Intervention for improving motor and sports skills
  • Transdisciplinary Care
  • Bike riding skills training
  • Asthma and cardiovascular condition management
  • Education for schools and groups
  • Intervention for children returning to sport after an injury
  • Support participation in therapeutic and developmentally appropriate engagement
  • Support to reduce and/or remove barriers to meaningful occupation and skill acquisition
  • Improve resilience and self-regulation skills
  • Support in building skills to improve mood, mental health, and resilience
  • Empower support people in their role of supporting the child
  • Support in understanding of specific behaviours and needs of their child
  • Assist with environment and task set up to enhance development and engagement
  • Paediatric assessments
  • Support children in working towards meeting developmental milestones
  • Empowering Positive Lifestyle Habits

We support children with

Therapy is delivered by our team of Exercise Physiologists to support kids living with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Movement and strength difficulties
  • Neurological conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Dystonia, Acquired Brain Injury
  • Hypermobility and connective tissue disorders
  • Sensory Processing Disorders (where children seek or avoid movement)
  • Respiratory and Cardiovascular conditions (e.g. Asthma)
  • Childhood Cancers
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
  • Global Developmental Delay (GDD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Hypermobility disorders
  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Impacts of previous injury

The Benefits of Exercise Physiology in Childhood

The World Health Organisation highlight some of the key facts related to physical activity:

  • Physical activity has significant health benefits for hearts, bodies and minds
  • Physical activity contributes to preventing and managing noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes
  • Physical activity reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Physical activity enhances thinking, learning, and judgment skills
  • Physical activity ensures healthy growth and development in young people
  • Physical activity improves overall well-being
  • Globally, 1 in 4 adults do not meet the global recommended levels of physical activity
  • People who are insufficiently active have a 20% to 30% increased risk of death compared to people who are sufficiently active
  • More than 80% of the world’s adolescent population is insufficiently physically active
  • Physical activity (who.int)

We understand that engaging in safe, enjoyable and meaningful exercise can be difficult. At Thriving Lives Co., we champion a holistic approach to child health and development, inspired by the ‘F-words for Child Development’ (Rosenbaum & Gorter, 2012): Functioning, Family, Fitness, Fun, Friends, and Future. Our exercise physiology programs are designed not just for children but for their families too, embracing a family-centered, strengths-based philosophy that benefits every child’s development.

The principles behind the ‘F-words for Child Development’ resonate across all ages and stages of life. Our exercise physiology programs for kids, youth, and their families are designed to be inclusive, supportive, and adaptable, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to thrive, regardless of their abilities or challenges.

  • Body Structure and Function
    • Fitness: Physical and mental well-being are inseparable, and our exercise physiology services are keyed to improve both. By fostering physical fitness, we lay the groundwork for improved mental health, resilience, and a positive outlook on life, essential components of holistic child development.
  • Activity
    • Functioning: Kids may do things differently but THEY CAN do them. How they do it is not important. We work to maximise function in a way that works for the child and their family.
  • Participation
    • Friends: Friendship is a crucial aspect of child development, and our approach encourages kids to form meaningful connections with their peers. Through group activities and community engagement, we open doors for friendships to flourish, enhancing social skills and emotional support networks. We can work towards specific exercise goals that allow a child to participate in age appropriate play, such as walking or running speed, riding bikes, monkey bars among many other goals.
  • Environmental Factors
    • Family: We recognize that family is the core environment for a child’s growth. Our programs are designed to fit within, and enhance the family lifestyle, ensuring that exercise and physical activities become a shared joy, reinforcing bonds and supporting each other’s wellness journey.
  • Personal Factors
    • Fun: What’s learning without a little fun? Our sessions are packed with enjoyable activities tailored to the interests and needs of each child. By integrating fun into our exercise physiology programs, we ensure that children are not only active but genuinely delighted to participate, making healthy habits that last a lifetime.
  • Future:
    • The cornerstone of our philosophy is to lay a solid foundation for a healthy future. While we work on exercise and motor skills, we are also strengthening problem solving, resilience and their self concept. By supporting confidence in themselves, as well as a love for active living and the importance of physical health from a young age, we’re not just preparing kids for their future; we’re helping them create a brighter, healthier path forward.

Rosenbaum, P., & Gorter, J. W. (2012). The ‘F‐words’ in childhood disability: I swear this is how we should think!. Child: care, health and development38(4), 457-463.

Referral Pathways

Kids living with a disability can receive care from our team by privately paying for services or via funding within the ‘Improved Daily Living Skills’ and ‘Improved Health and Wellbeing’ funding categories within their NDIS Participant Plan. Let us help your child maximise the positive changes they can experience in their life through allied health service provision support as part of their NDIS plan. For more information regarding support through an NDIS plan, please see here.

Depending upon an individual’s circumstances funding may also be possible via the following funding schemes for allied health services:

Benefits of Transdisciplinary care

Transdisciplinary care involves skill sharing between clinicians of different allied health backgrounds to allow one clinician to complete a variety of assessments and therapeutic approaches.

This means that our Occupational Therapist can train, communicate, case conference, and work with our Paediatric Exercise Physiologist, to deliver prescribed therapy using a regular, comprehensive, and cost-effective approach involving:

  • Regular access to ongoing therapy
  • Improved access to health care in regional or rural areas
  • Reduced wait times for services, such as OT
  • Reduced costs where two health disciplines are required
  • OT prescribed therapy delivered by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist