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3. Pediatric Physical Therapy

Our physical therapists work with children and their families to help each child achieve and maintain mobility and quality of life by maximizing his or her potential to function independently.

The following services are often part of the plan of care provided by physical therapists:

  • Developmental activities
  • Movement and mobility
  • Strengthening
  • Motor learning
  • Balance and coordination
  • Recreation, play, and leisure
  • Adaptation of daily care activities and routines
  • Equipment design, fabrication, and fitting
  • Tone management
  • Use of assistive technology
  • Posture, positioning, and lifting
  • Orthotics and prosthetics
  • Cardiopulmonary endurance
  • Safety, health promotion, and prevention programs

Receiving Pediatric Physical Therapy

Our physical therapist will first work with the family to identify the child's needs and the family's concerns. The physical therapist will also conduct an examination and evaluation of the child in the context of his or her daily routines and activities. This evaluation may include, but not be limited to, mobility, sensory and neuromotor development, use of assistive technology, muscle and joint function, strength and endurance, cardiopulmonary status, posture and balance, and oral motor skills. After gathering all necessary information, the our physical therapist will use their clinical expertise and evidence in collaboration with the child's family, caregivers, and other involved healthcare providers to design an appropriate plan of care.

What Role Does the Family Play?

The family plays the primary role in the child's development. The pediatric physical therapist works with the family to promote development and implement an individualized intervention program for the child. The family often is involved in assisting and enhancing the development of the child by:

  • Positioning during daily routines and activities
  • Adapting toys for play
  • Expanding mobility options
  • Using equipment effectively
  • Implementing safety in the home and community
  • Being a resource for the child's physical and health care needs
  • Helping to ensure smooth transitions from early childhood to school and into adult life

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