Children are active naturally. They are often moving to learn and explore their environments. Pediatric Physical Therapists (PTs) can evaluate how children move and coordinate their bodies while in motion including: rolling, crawling and creeping, standing, walking, jumping and climbing.
At Assential Therapies our PTs offer parent education about each child’s challenges and diagnosis. We then help the families to learn new strategies to help support their child’s motor development. Our PTs have access to our multi-disciplinary team to help to coordinate care and to treat the whole child and family. We also help families to make appropriate choices for them about adaptive equipment which may include orthotics, wheelchairs or other seating devices, walkers or other devices to assist with mobility, etc. We work with a variety of medical professionals and specialists including pediatricians, orthopedic surgeons, orthotists, school district staff, etc.
Who Can Benefit?
Many parents and families have questions about how their children move and achieve their motor milestones. Some of the children who may benefit from an evaluation and treatment may include:
- Genetic Syndromes e.g. Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Spina Bifida, etc.
- Premature infants
- High, low or fluctuating muscle tone (hypertonicity or hypotonicity)
- Orthopedic issues
- Torticollis or suspected torticollis
- Delayed motor milestones or seem to have difficulties with coordination
- Asymmetry or motor coordination difficulties e.g. use one side of their body better or more than the other
Motor and movement difficulties and concerns can be addressed through a PT evaluation and treatment as needed.
- Comprehensive Initial Physical Therapy Evaluations
- Team evaluations when appropriate
- Individual Physical Therapy
- Motor Learning/Motor Planning Strategies
- Myofascial release
- Strengthening activities
- Balance training
- Gait training
- IEP ConsultationsTherpists will provide an evaluation of a child and work with the school staff and family to develop and implement an appropriate individualized Education Plan (IEP) with their local school district.
- Collaboration with other disciplines as needed such as Occupational Therapy for Sensory Diet ideas and strategies or Speech Therapy for communication ideas.