Pediatric Physical Therapy

Pediatric physical therapists (PTs) work with children and their families to assist each child in reaching their maximum potential to function independently and to promote active participation in home, school, and community environments. Physical therapists have expertise in movement, motor development, and body function (eg, strength and endurance). They apply clinical reasoning during examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention for children and teens. Physical therapists also promote health and wellness as they implement a wide variety of supports in collaboration with families, communities, and other medical, educational, developmental, and rehabilitation specialists. Some of the areas physical therapists address include: 

  • Developmental Activities
  • Movement and Mobility
  • Strengthening
  • Motor Learning
  • Balance and Coordination 
  • Tone Management/Contracture prevention
  • Cardiopulmonary Endurance 
  • Recreational, play, and leisure skills
  • Posture, Positioning, lifting
  • Equipment recommendations/fitting
  • Orthotics recommendations
  • Safety, health promotion, prevention programs
  • Family education