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  • Writer's pictureShayna Gavin, Splash Principal Physiotherapist

Congratulations kinder kids!

Congratulations to all the Splash kids graduating from kinder!

You and your families have done and incredible job through this turbulent year.

This is is one of our mates, Carter, who had the crowd cheering for him as he climbed up onto the podium and walked across all on his own.

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Left: "How it started, April 2020, Melbourne lockdown one #VideoPhysio. Photo of a telehealth session where Carter is being supported to take early steps by his mother, Danielle, with his faithful dog looking on. He is moving and reaching towards a book, and sun streams in through the window behind them. Shayna, the physio, smiles in the inset photo from the telehealth session.

Right: "How it's going, December 2020, kinder graduation". Photo of Carter smiling at the camera as he walks independently across the podium. He wears a graduation hat with rainbow coloured streamers, and is outside with the playground and trees behind him.

There are many ways to be mobile, and one way is not better than another.

We celebrate all children's goals.

And this was one of Carter's.

He was getting close to taking a few steps when we had to go into the first Melbourne lockdown and we hadn't used much telehealth before with him and his family.

It was wonderful to see how we were able to support them to go through the stages of becoming more mobile, and to then translate those skills into kinder, play grounds and the community.

Very exciting stuff, congratulations and well done to you, your family, and your supportive kinder team!

Shayna Gavin is a physiotherapist who is passionate about helping babies, children and young people learn functional skills so they can participate in life at home, school and in their community. Recognising that children do best in their own environments, she visits homes, schools, and leisure activities from football fields to ballet classes. She also has daily aquatic physiotherapy sessions available at two private swimming schools in Moonee Ponds and Greensborough, Melbourne. She combines principles of paediatric physiotherapy, Contemporary Neuro Developmental Treatment, motor learning, and swimming teaching to address the individual needs of each child and their family. She loves providing professional development to physiotherapists, allied health and education professionals, allied health assistants and swimming teachers.


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