What is physical therapy?
Pediatric physical therapists help children participate in daily activities and routines in their home, school and community by addressing physical challenges. Pediatric physical therapists treat gross motor development and coordination, environmental exploration, play skills, orthopedic and neurological development, self-help strategies, and sensory function. Physical therapists also identify appropriate assistive devices and durable medical equipment, and create solutions for barriers that limit a child’s interaction with their environment and peers in all settings. Children with developmental delays, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and torticollis are a few of the patients treated by pediatric physical therapists.
What can I expect at a physical therapy evaluation?
The evaluation usually takes about an hour, but time varies depending on the age of the child and the areas being assessed. The evaluation may include assessment of your child’s gross and fine motor skills, balance and coordination, strength and endurance, as well as cognitive and sensory processing/integration.
What do I need to do before my child’s physical therapy evaluation?
After your child’s doctor refers your child for an physical therapy evaluation, complete the pediatric case history form and bring it with you to your appointment. Arrive about 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete other necessary paperwork. Dress your child in comfortable clothing.
What should I expect at a therapy session?
Therapy sessions are typically 30 minutes in length, with 25 minutes of direct therapy and the remaining 5 minutes for parent education and documentation. We provide parents with tips and suggestions for home practice, and listen to caregiver concerns and questions as they arise. We often utilize our sensory gym, ipads, toys, and equipment to make our therapy as fun and effective as possible.