Child development is an important and unique science. Physiotherapists who work with children are specialized in adapting their professional skills and knowledge to deliver appropriate care to the child. This requires an understanding of both the physical progress of the child and their psychological advancement.
Pediatric physiotherapy not only includes working on child development, but also diseases and conditions that affect development and arriving at therapeutic interventions that can optimize well being, especially of the disabled. Moreover, the physiotherapist works not only with the child, but also with the family on how to develop a safe environment for the child and making them the centre of everyday planning. Because of the complex needs of a child and his family, physiotherapists may have to work in different environments such as homes, hospitals, schools, etc and with people from different backgrounds, such as medicine, nursing, social work, educational and childcare. This necessitates that they be able to communicate their assessments and treatment plans to all adults involved in the team.