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Pediatric Physical Therapy

Our pediatric physical therapists work with children to help them develop age-appropriate motor skills or a functional motor skill level to interact with his or her everyday environment.

What is Physical Therapy for Children?

Pediatric physical therapy improves a child's gross motor functioning and focuses on improving a child's strength, balance, and coordination with gross motor movements. Therapy also retrains the brain on how to control motor movements. Our pediatric physical therapists can recommend and fit a child for adaptive equipment such as orthotics/prosthetics, standers, walkers, canes, strollers, wheelchairs, specialized seating, and bath systems. A pediatric physical therapist also uses manual skills such as massaging, craniosacral therapy, joint mobilizations, and manual traction to decrease pain and spasms in the muscles.

Pediatric Physical Therapy Gross Motor Skills:
• running
• jumping
• walking
• going up or down stairs
• crawling
• rolling over
• sitting
• rolling a ball 

 

 

Our Pediatric Physical Therapy Services

 
Our pediatric physical therapy services are provided by Master’s level, licensed pediatric physical therapists and physical therapy assistants with specialized training in physical therapy for children.
Our pediatric physical therapists are trained in specialized pediatric physical therapy programs which include, but are not limited to:
TheraSuit® Method
Universal Exercise Unit
• Consults for casting, splinting, and orthotics
Early Steps Services
• Specialized Scoliosis Home Exercise Programs
 

Therapy will be conducted based on the frequency determined during your child's evaluation. Weekly pediatric physical therapy sessions are designed around an individualized plan of care to enhance your child's skills or to prevent injury. Therapy will address your child's individualized needs and can be conducted in one of our area clinics, in your home or your child's daycare through our involvement in the Early Steps Program, or at your child's preschool or school (determination of therapy location maybe made based on your insurance and availability in therapist’s schedule). Detailed home exercise programs are available to incorporate therapy techniques into the home and community settings.