Physical Therapy

Physical therapy may be needed any time a child has difficulty moving. A pediatric physical therapist assists children to achieve their greatest functional mobility. The goals of physical therapy include promoting independence, increasing participation with family and peers, facilitating motor development and function, improving strength, enhancing learning opportunities, easing caregiving, and promoting health and wellness.

Skills that Physical Therapy addresses:
  • Muscle and joint function
  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Posture
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Gross motor skills
  • Need for assistive technology
Physical therapists work with families to develop and progress goals appropriate for each child. Physical therapists use the following techniques to help children reach their goals: positioning for neruomotor development, activities for strengthening and range of motion, and creating environments and adapting toys for therapeutic play.
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