Pediatric Physical Therapy treatment focuses on developing a child’s gross motor skills like sitting, crawling and walking. Physical Therapy addresses difficulties with balance, coordination, toe walking, equal movements, and building strength. Think of this as foundational work. Many children start with Physical Therapy to get these big motor skills mastered before progressing into goals in other areas like Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and ABA Therapy.
Our therapists will work with your child and family in a team-based approach to provide support, strategies, and interventions to help your child make progress towards their gross motor skills every day. Here’s what you can expect:
You can help your child understand Physical Therapy by explaining that working on “big movements” such as walking, running, and jumping will help them grow big and strong. It’s just like gym class or recess! It will also help you get better at the things that are hard for you, and help you stay on your feet while playing and not fall.
Yes! We can work on standing balance to help your toddler feel more confident in this position to allow them to start taking supported and unsupported steps. We will use strategies like reaching for toys when standing at the couch to encourage cruising andpractice transferring between surfaces to build their confidence and comfort with taking steps. We will also help develop your child’s core strength that is needed to walk, move, and play.
Physical Therapy can help children with Down Syndrome increase strength and endurance, improve balance and coordination, and increase overall independence with activities of daily living. We will help with positioning and posture control that is necessary to protect your child’s joints while sitting in a chair, on the floor, or in standing.
Pediatric physical therapists need to earn a doctorate degree in physical therapy from an accredited program. This will include field work and clinical rotations in different settings. Physical therapists also need to obtain certification from the Federal State Board of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). A physical therapist can become specialized in pediatrics by taking courses and receiving certification(s). And last but not least, you will need patience, a smile, and to have fun while helping little kiddos get stronger!