Physical Therapy

Pediatric Physical Therapists (PT) focus on the development or regaining of gross motor skill lost due to neurological insult, genetic disorder, injury, burn, or other cause. Their goal is to help children reach their maximum potential for functional independence. Pediatric Physical Therapists help support children beginning in infancy up through adolescence. They promote overall wellness and education for the child and the family. Physical Therapists focus on gross motor skills which include activities such as head control, core strengthening, sitting, standing, crawling, walking, running, throwing, and kicking. They also work with the family on home programming and easing caregiving at home. Physical Therapists are instrumental in the identification of equipment needs such as wheelchairs, standers, gait trainers, and orthotics/ prosthetics.

What are the benefits of Physical Therapy?

  • Promote age-appropriate gross motor skills
  • Prevent/ non-surgically correct deformation
  • Increase range of motion and strength
  • Return to recreational and sport activities
  • Increase independence in school and home
  • Elicit positioning to improve functional level
  • Recommend and train in the use of orthotics, adaptive equipment, and assistive technology
  • All the therapists strive to educate families with regard to the disease or disorder and provide activities to assist the child in function at their highest level.