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Move and Play Paediatric Therapy

Move and Play Paediatric Therapy

Move and Play Paediatric Therapy is a children’s physiotherapy and occupational therapy service based in Mackay, Queensland, led by principal physiotherapist and owner Emily Hayles. We help babies and children of all ages and abilities learn to move and play as freely as possible, and empower parents to know they are doing the best they can for their child.

At Move and Play, we work closely with children, families, schools and communities to support children’s development and to help children and families to live happy and connected lives. To help children achieve their potential, our experienced therapists conduct comprehensive assessments, and develop individualised treatment programs that help children to move and play to the best of their ability. Our programs and services aim to optimise each child’s abilities, promote their already existing strengths, and focus on what is important to the child and family.

At Move and Play Paediatric Therapy, we believe that all children, regardless of their abilities or differences, have value and should be given the opportunities and advantages to realise that value. We are committed to contributing to a future where this belief becomes a reality for all children of all abilities.



Plagiocephaly or ‘Flattened Head Shape’ in Babies – What Parents Need to Know

“What is plagiocephaly?” you may ask.  While few parents might have heard this ancient Greek word before, many would know or have about the condition that this word refers to – flattened or oblique head shape. Plagiocephaly, or flattened head… Continue Reading >

10 fun activities you can do with a skipping rope

One simple skipping rope; ten fun ideas! You don’t need lots of fancy toys or play equipment to help your child to develop their gross motor skills.  In this blog we will share 10 fun activities you can do with… Continue Reading >

Sporting activities that can help your child develop their core strength and stability

Your ‘core’ is made up of the bones, joints and muscles of your trunk (eg: the ribs, the spine, the abdominals, the back muscles), your pelvic bones and the muscles in the pelvis, as well as the muscles involved in… Continue Reading >

Tummy Time 101 for New Parents

For our first post, let’s start at the beginning shall we? Tummy time is the one of the first gross motor developmental activities that almost all parents know is important to do with our babies… However, tummy time can also… Continue Reading >

Ideal Posture When Your Child Is Sitting At A Table

There are many developmental activities that children do at a table – eating, learning to hold pencils, draw and write, reading, homework, and fun fine motor activities such craft and playdoh. To provide your child with the best chance at… Continue Reading >

Activities to support your child’s gross motor skills while at home during COVID-19

Written by Emily Hayles – Physiotherapist, Business Owner, and Author of ‘Braver than you think: How to help your child with a disability live their best life’ Are you quarantined inside the house due to the current COVID-19 social distancing… Continue Reading >

Flat feet in children – when should I be worried?

How cute are baby and toddler feet?  They are small and chubby and soft… Lots of things to love. We often get lots of questions about babies’ feet, and one common question from parents are whether they should be worried… Continue Reading >


Does your child w-sit?  Do you need to worry about this?  Let’s explore this common and sometimes misunderstood childhood sitting position…. If you google ‘w-sitting’, you will find that there are hundreds of articles available for parents with advice about… Continue Reading >

How to help your child learn to ride a bike

Bike riding is a popular and favourite activity for many children in Australia.  Riding a bike enables children to play and get around with their friends, experience independence (for example when riding to school or the shops by themselves for… Continue Reading >

Knocked knees and bowed legs

Many parents may not be aware that bowed legs and knocked knees are a common condition that forms part of a child’s normal bony growth and bony development.  Here is what you need to know about knocked knees and bowed… Continue Reading >

Learning to Catch a Ball

Being able to catch a ball is a basic gross motor skill that can have a big influence on your child’s future motivation and ability to participate in sports with their friends and for fitness. For your child to successfully… Continue Reading >

How to help your late walker take their first independent steps

A child taking their first independent steps is a pretty big milestone in any parent’s life. Typically developing children generally learn to walk any time between nine months and eighteen months of age.  If your child is a late walker… Continue Reading >

Outdoor physical play – why it’s important to your child’s development?

Most kids love being outdoors and playing outdoors, especially when they are little.  But why is playing outside so important for children?   Here are some key ways children will benefit from playing outdoors: Gross motor skill development: An outdoor… Continue Reading >


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