Pediatric physical therapists help to ensure that your child’s physical performance in everyday functional activities is at its best.
Therapists help your child in a variety of ways, relying on their expert knowledge of the neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, and integumentary (skin) systems. Some examples of goals include achieving age-appropriate developmental milestones, better participation in gross motor activities through improving range of motion, strength, mobility, posture, balance, endurance, and coordination for independent function, and lastly, the ability to actively participate and contribute to society as a whole.
Treating your child includes examining, evaluating, and assessing the areas in which your child may have difficulty functioning and then incorporating activities to address these areas. After examining your child, the therapist will develop an evaluation of their findings using any combination of standardized tests, observations, and/or clinical expertise.
Once an assessment has been reached, your therapist will discuss their findings with you and educate you on your child’s needs; educating caregivers (and your child when possible) on the nature or extent of injury, disability, and the prognosis is an essential component of Milestone’s views on pediatric physical therapy and helps to keep the caregiver involved and informed of the child’s progress. You will also review the plan of care with your therapist, which will entail a discussion of the number of visits, frequency, duration of physical therapy, prognosis, and home activities you must do with your child to help them excel.
Together, you will then create a plan that is specific to your child’s goals and/or the family’s goals.
Activities in the form of play are provided to help your child be better motivated to reach his or her goals. Your role as a caregiver and your compliance with your child’s home program are extremely important for a successful plan of care.