Putting the fun into physical therapy | Video

Ava Harwood, 4, and Emma Barnett, 4, both of Launceston, get instruction from St Giles physiotherapist Jacky Scanlan. Picture: Geoff Robson

Ava Harwood, 4, and Emma Barnett, 4, both of Launceston, get instruction from St Giles physiotherapist Jacky Scanlan. Picture: Geoff Robson

IT MAY be Launceston's cutest physical therapy session.

The six-week Beautiful Ballerina program at St Giles has given five little girls the confidence to show off a new set of moves.

The girls, who each experience restricted movement, have been dancing to the Frozen soundtrack to improve self-care and motor skills, as well as building up their strength and flexibility.

The therapy-aligned dance lessons culminated in a group performance yesterday in front of proud parents and beaming St Giles staff, including the co-ordinators, physiotherapist Jacky Scanlan and occupational therapist Anna McCauley.

"The biggest thing about working with kids here is you have to try and make it fun," Ms Scanlan said.

"There was a range of needs across the group - four have cerebral palsy, so we tried to incorporate exercises that would build a number of different skills."

Ms Scanlan said the costumes donated by the Tutu Program Australia helped make the therapy sessions even more fun.

The tutus came from the Canberra-based Angel Gown Program, where wedding dress fabric is made into shrouds for children who have passed away.

Remnant lengths of tulle are used to make tutus and monster suits for children with special needs or those in hospital.

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