Pediatric Physical Therapy


What is Pediatric Physical Therapy?

  • Develops gross motor skills for atypically developing children

  • Milestones that typical children demonstrate such as

  • Rolling

  • Sitting

  • Standing

  • Walking

  • Jumping

  • Running

  • Builds independent functional mobility for atypical children.

  • Skills that allow typical children to move through their environment to function at home, school, and the community

  • Lying down to sitting up

  • Pulling to standing

  • Squatting

  • Walking

  • Climbing stairs

  • Getting into the car, bed, or bath tub

  • Stepping over or around obstacles

  • Fulfills equipment needs for atypically developing children

  • Allows these children to move through their environment just like their peers

  • Walker

  • Wheelchair

  • Forearm crutches

  • Car seats or strollers

  • Provides orthotics (braces) to assist in positioning and support

  • May allow atypical children to move more efficiently

  • Neck supports to help develop head control

  • Back braces to support the spine and decrease curvatures, called scoliosis

  • Lower extremity bracing to control posture during movement of the feet, knees, and hips

  • Education of the family, friends, and caregivers of the atypically developing child

  • Physical therapy can only work as a support system for those who care about the child. Physical therapy will provide the family with

  • Support and understanding

  • Networking with other families, doctors, services, etc.

  • Education about your child’s diagnosis

  • Home exercise program so you can do therapy with your child

  • Information about the proper use of equipment and bracing

  • Comprehensive care that integrates all aspects of your child’s life including

  • Home

  • School

  • Daycare

  • Therapies

  • Medical appointments, testing

  • Counseling

  • Community organizations