Pediatric Physical Therapy services are provided to children of all ages from birth through adolescence. Our therapists work with children and their family members or care-givers to help each child reach their maximum potential in function. Maximizing functional abilities includes optimizing independence with mobility (scooting, crawling, walking, running, jumping, hopping, etc) and ADLs (dressing, bathing, play, etc). A key goal with pediatric physical therapy is to maximize a child’s ability to safely participate in activities in their home, school and community environments. Physical therapists are experts in movement; PTs are able to apply their expertise throughout the evaluation and treatment of children to optimize independence and participation through facilitating motor development and function. Physical therapy can help a child to gain strength and endurance and to learn new skills; proper strength and flexibility helps to allow a child to move through their environment easily and effectively to engage in activities. Pediatric physical therapy also helps family and care-givers to provide optimized care with regards to any treatments to carry out at home and enhancing learning activities and gross motor development. Parents and families play a major role in the child’s development. A pediatric PT joins forces with the parents and care-givers to implement an individualized program to promote the child’s development and abilities. Pediatric physical therapy goals often include achieving developmental mile stones; these may including rolling over, sitting, standing, crawling, and walking. Pediatric physical therapy focuses on achieving age appropriate skills.
Pediatric physical therapy begins with the initial evaluation; during the initial evaluation, the physical therapist will discuss the child’s needs and the family’s concerns while evaluating the child’s function and development. Following the evaluation; treatment may begin during the very first session. Your child’s physical therapist will develop an individualized plan to provide services to promote learning experiences and motor development for your child. Let’s work together to help your child reach their maximum potential!
- Neurodevelopmental treatment
- Torticollis treatment
- Myofascial release
- Functional Mobility
- Pain management
- Sports medicine rehabilitation
- Exercise prescription
- Gross Motor Development
- Pediatric Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Neurologic Rehabilitation
- Pre- and Post-walking training
- Posture/Postural control
- Locomotion patterns
- Assistive device training
- Body Alignment
- Environmental adaptations
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At CRI, treatment sessions are typically 1 hour each, giving clinicians time to address both physical and functional impairments.