Our Physical Therapy
Pediatric physical therapy helps children become successfully independent by being able to perform gross motor skills, such as sitting independently, crawling, walking, running, jumping, and ascending/descending stairs. Physical therapy also promotes functional mobility skills, such as wheelchair mobility, sit-to-stands, and transfers. Physical therapy can help prevent injuries from occurring by addressing any muscle weakness, muscle imbalance, or range of motion deficits. Our physical therapists are skilled at returning a child to his/her prior level of function after sustaining an injury. Many treatments are used including: neuro-developmental treatment, therapeutic exercises with an individualized home exercise program, balance and coordination activities, adaptive play activities, mobility training, safety and prevention programs, and activities to promote overall wellness.
What is a physical therapist?
A physical therapist is a licensed healthcare professional who has an assortment of treatment interventions to improve an individual’s movement and overall function. In pediatrics, a physical therapist helps a child reach their full potential in the performance of gross motor and functional mobility skills. A physical therapist works with children who have a variety of diagnoses or impairments including hyper/hypotonia, gross motor delays, poor coordination skills, decreased muscle strength/flexibility, or needs for rehabilitation following an injury/surgical procedure.
How do I know if my child needs physical therapy?
A child may benefit from physical therapy if the following conditions apply:
- The child complains of pain or difficulty when performing gross motor tasks.
- The child tippy toe walks or walks in an uncoordinated manner.
- The child is unable or has difficulty performing the same gross motor tasks as children their age such as rolling, sitting, crawling, or walking in the younger population; and jumping, running, or skipping in the older population.
- The child falls and trips often.
- The child consistently turns head to one side, also known as, Torticollis.
- The child has a hemiplegic pattern, neglecting or having difficulty using one side of their body while consistently using their dominant preferred side.
- Expected developmental milestones are not met during the child’s first year of life. This can include, rolling, sitting, standing, and walking.
- The child was injured and is unable to perform at his/her prior level of function.
If you are still unsure whether your child needs physical therapy, Addie’s AutismFITT Club can screen or evaluate your child and see if your child is performing at the level he/she should be for his/her age.