Touch Move & Play Physiotherapy Services aim to:

Guide and help parents gain confidence in handling, moving and playing with their baby, child.

Provide  personalised rehabilitation, therapeutic sensory-perceptual motor development, play and coordination programs.

Programs are individualised and specific to your child’s physical, developmental needs and physical activity goals.

Focus on improving your child’s motor abilities, preventing, limiting, maladaptive movement patterns or physical deformity.

Adapt and challenge your child further, as they progress and gain better movement and co-ordination abilities.

Help, advise families how to  negotiate with  government funded services to  access services for their child’s needs

About Helen

Helen Beaton is a developmental paediatric physiotherapist. She has an extensive clinical background with preterm, term infants, children, adolescents & adults.  She has worked at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital,  State Child Development Centre and Disabilities Services.

Helen’s main clinical areas of expertise includes the assessment and provision of individualised early intervention services to preterm, term infants, toddlers, children and adolescents presenting with motor concerns.

Using handling and movement play, her clinical practice  focuses on the establishment, maintenance, rehabilitation of the essential building blocks of movement.

Firstly, the core movement patterns, that underlie, posture, balance, mobility, reaching and exploration skills that enable the child to develop more complex motor coordination abilities. On these abilities, the fundamental movement skills that a child will use to explore, build social relationships, communicate, play, learn, and participate in the physical activities that are required for daily life skills at home, school, work and play are built.

Secondly, the development of the fundamental movement skills mentioned above;

a. Independence in sitting, creeping, crawling, standing, walking, running, jumping, hopping, skipping & climbing

b. Object play, reaching, touching, grasping, catching, throwing, striking, kicking & riding

c. The body awareness required to perform these skills

Helen is skilled and experienced in a variety of musculoskeletal, neurodevelopmental, motor coordination, body, mind centering and rehabilitation techniques.

B App Sci (Physiotherapy) Curtin WA

Grad Dip Physiotherapy (Developmental Paediatrics) Curtin WA

Certificate in Advanced Sports Rehabilitation Manual Concepts Curtin WA
Diploma Women’s Health Obstetrics & Gynaecology Curtin WA

Cuveas Medek Practitioner -Level1 (trained by Ester Fink)

Certified Infant Massage Instructor

PhD Physiotherapy Research Candidate -Motor Development, University Notre Dame -Australia

Member Australian Physiotherapy Association (since 1981)

Helen’s goal is to share her skills with families, empowering parents to assist their child reach their potential;

  • Increasing parent knowledge and understanding of the normal variability in typical child development and help parents gain confidence, new abilities, to help their child grow and learn
  • To support children and families when development  is taking a different path
  • Enhancing the movement control and abilities of infants and children , improving their confidence, participation and enjoyment of physical activity and play
  • Preventing movement disorders, physical deformities occurring in babies and children.

Philosophy

Helen is a passionate advocate of evidence based clinical physiotherapy practice that is child centred and family focussed. The child, family and therapist all working together to help the child reach their motor development potential. When there are impediments to normal motor development, gross and fine skills, Helen teaches movement using a trust-based relationship with the baby/child. Helen is highly skilled at recognising physical limitations and creating fun therapy play sessions to fast forward a child’s motor trajectory. Through repetition, firmness, kindness and a warm rapport, Helen turns therapy into a joy in which the child has a sense of their own achievements and parents can proudly watch them progress through movement and play milestones. Helen consolidates your child’s skills by regularly changing the play-led activities. She has a unique ability to work out what best motivates each child to learn, and plays to their strengths. She is sensitive to parental judgements when it comes to persisting with coaxing the child, or stopping for a moment’s cuddle with Mum or Dad. Helen, who works in both the private and public systems, understands it is often a long journey raising a child with motor delays, complicated by the maze and ever changing eligibility rules of intervention support. Helen will join them on that journey, to bring out their child’s very best and to support parents in advocating for their child.

Contacts

Although a sole practitioner Helen will, with your permission, work collegiately with other clinicians, professionals, service providers who are involved with your child’s care. She will, when required and following discussion with you, refer your child to other specialists for their consultative services or refer you to your GP to obtain a referral for specialist medical consultation.

For children who also require other allied health services (e.g. Speech, OT, Psychology), Helen works within the AIM-Therapy for Children team

Her special interest and skills are with

  • Preterm infants
  • Talipes, Torticollis, Positional Plagiocephaly(Flat, misshaped heads)
  • Movement Delays Gross and Fine motor
  • Hypermobility Disorders
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Rehabilitation following Sports & Physical Injuries
  • Children’s participation in sport and physical recreational activities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Unique individuals

Clinical Research:

Helen’s research interest is in child motor development and the vital role parents play and the impact they make on the development of  children’s movement abilities and head-shape development. Helen is currently completing a PhD at the University of Notre Dame-Australia. She is the Primary Researcher for the I-Chat Study and has been trialing the use of plagiocephalometry, a head measurement technique, and photography to map the developmental change in infant head shape. She has been invited to present her research findings to both local and international child development, health and physical activity conferences.