What does a pediatric physical therapist do?
A physical therapist helps children with gross motor skills such as rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, and walking, as well as positioning exercises for plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome) and torticollis (head stays tilted to one side). Issues that may be addressed in physical therapy include range of motion, strength, flexibility, endurance, sensory processing, balance, and coordination. Physical therapists work closely with families to create a treatment plan designed to improve the child’s gross motor skills.
Our Physical Therapists work with the Infant Teacher, families, and other professionals in the home or other designated environments that are natural and comfortable to the child, to assess development and provide hands-on instruction as needed.
Our Physical Therapists provide on-going monitoring or consultation services to our clients.
They also assess, treat, and provide instruction in the following areas:
- Gross motor development
- Sensory processing
- Range of Motion
- Functional strength
- Lower extremity functions and assess the need for orthotics
- Ambulation patterns
- Needs for referrals to other professionals or agencies