Kids Place pediatric physical therapists work with children and their families to help each child achieve and maintain mobility and quality of life by maximizing his or her potential to function independently.
As primary care providers, our physical therapists work with each family to promote active participation at home, school, and in the community. This includes implementing a wide variety of supports from infancy through adolescence in collaboration with families and other medical, educational, developmental, and rehabilitation specialists.
The following services are often part of the plan of care provided by our pediatric physical therapists:
- Developmental activities
- Movement and mobility
- Motor learning
- Balance and coordination
- Recreation, play, and leisure
- Adaptation of daily care activities and routines
- Fitting and consultation of appropriate and necessary equipment
- Tone management
- Support speech therapist in correct positioning for the best use of assistive technology
- Posture, positioning, and lifting
- Parental education for positioning and lifting children
- Orthotics and prosthetics
- Cardiopulmonary endurance
- Safety, health promotion, and prevention programs
Your child’s physical therapist will first work with the family to identify the child’s needs and the family’s concerns. Our Kids Place pediatric physical therapist will also conduct an examination and evaluation of the child in the context of his or her daily routines and activities. This evaluation may include, but not be limited to, mobility, sensory and neuromotor development, use of assistive technology, muscle and joint function, strength and endurance, cardiopulmonary status, posture and balance.
After gathering all necessary information, the pediatric physical therapist will use their clinical expertise and evidence in collaboration with the child’s family, caregivers, and other involved healthcare providers to design an appropriate plan of care. In some situations, your child may be referred to other therapy disciplines based on the clinical results of the evaluation.
Source: American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)