Pediatric Physical Therapy
Pediatric Physical Therapists provide skilled intervention for children birth to 18 years of age using activities and techniques that are developmentally appropriate for each child, in order for the child to be able to access all areas of their home and community, as well as physically engage with their family and friends.
Pediatric Physical Therapy Intervention includes, but is not limited to: activities that work on areas of need but are perceived as fun, parent education with suggestions for home carryover, stretching positions or movements, strengthening exercises and activities that improve motor function and endurance, as well as recommendations for equipment such as bracing, crutches or wheelchairs.
A licensed Physical Therapist can evaluate a child based on a parent, provider (school, daycare, other therapist such as an Occupational or Speech Therapist) or physician’s concerns for development or injury. Once an evaluation is conducted, a Pediatric Physical Therapist will assess the findings to determine if a child medically requires skilled intervention. At that time, a child who is recommended to receive PT will be scheduled for ongoing therapy in a pediatric setting, at the appropriate frequency for their individual needs. A Pediatric Physical Therapist works closely with the family to assess progress and address concerns as they arise, as well as with other Therapists on the child’s team, and his/her Physician.