What Signs Indicate that a child might need a PT evaluation?
If you are concerned about any of the following things, you may want to discuss a PT referral with you physician.
What is Pediatric Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy (PT) is a profession that helps people move freely. The pediatric physical therapist evaluates children to determine the source of their movement difficulties. The therapist can then use a variety of means to improve the child’s ability to perform skills such as head control, rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, running, jumping and climbing. The goal of PT is to improve independence and to develop strategies to allow every child to move, learn, and play.
Who Can Benefit From PT?
Children who display difficulty with movement, balance, endurance or coordination may benefit from physical therapy treatment. PT’s work with children who have mild to severe delays. Children with diagnoses such as prematurity, developmental delay, torticollis, autism spectrum disorder, down syndrome, motor dyspraxia, hypotonia, cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, orthopedic disorders, and toe walking can all be helped with physical therapy. Pediatric PT’s work with children from birth through age 21, so it’s never too soon or too late to begin.
What do Physical Therapists (PT) Address?
PT's work on gross motor skills, balance, coordination, strength, endurance, and, range of motion. Movement control, motor planning, or adaptations needed to play can also be addressed. The therapist will be involved in determining what equipment might be needed to help a child achieve their highest potential including designing, fitting and using orthotics, prosthetics, mobility devices and assistive technology.
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