Physical therapy (PT) is an effective treatment for a variety of injuries and childhood disorders that affect muscles, bones and joints. Our pediatric physical therapists work to provide support in gross motor development, motor planning, and visual motor skills We work with muscle tone, strength and development, range of movement, quality of movement, hand-eye coordination, and sensory integration. We pay close attention to the quality of your child’s movements such as their pace and their gait when they learn to walk, as well as their balance and coordination skills.
- Improve gross motor development, balance, coordination and walking pattern
- Increase muscular strength, range of motion and endurance
- Promote a healthy, active lifestyle and maximize independence
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Pediatric physical therapists are healthcare professionals that specialize in treating and caring for toddlers, babies, children, teenagers and young adults. Their primary role is in treating conditions that are related to orthopedic, genetic and neurological disorders.
Pediatric therapists are trained to use medical equipment that is specifically designed to help treat and alleviate pain that hinders mobility in this group of patients. Pediatric therapists are accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association.
Physical therapists at Kids at Play are trained to provide support to develop a child’s gross motor and visual motor skills. By working with the child’s muscle tone, strength development, range and quality of movement, hand-eye coordination and sensory integration, we want to ensure the child has the ability to reach their fullest potential.
You can determine if your child needs physical therapy if they frequently complain of pain or difficulty in performing gross motor tasks. Children who walk in an atypical/awkward manner or have difficulty rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, jumping, running or skipping may also be in need of physical therapy. If the child falls and trips often while walking he can also benefit from physical therapy.
Infants who have a preference for turning or tilting their head to one side or those who have a hemiplegic pattern i.e. difficulty in using one side of their body also can reap the benefits from physical therapy. Children who have difficulty keeping up with their peers during play and also those who have been through surgical procedure and are unable to resume a normal level of function should be given physical therapy.
Therapy sessions typically last between 30 to 60 minutes depending on the extent and severity of functional impairment. Children at Kids at Play always receive personalized attention and sessions are tailored according to the needs of each individual child with the goal of providing optimum developmental benefits.
Yes, it is generally recommended that the child should be accompanied with a parent as this enables the parent to take on a more active role in their child’s therapy sessions as well as provide support to their child.
Physical therapists often give patients exercises to do at home. And that is also another reason why the presence of a family member is especially helpful for the child. The role of parents during therapy sessions has now changed from a passive one to an active, participating one. Parents can be very effective co-therapists by performing the treatment activities recommended by physical therapists at home and by actively cooperating in improving the mobility issues of their children.
For best results, it is recommended that patients (or their parents) follow the exact routine outlined by the physical therapist to maximize positive outcomes for the patients.
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