Pediatric Physical Therapists (PTs) work with infants and children to address motor development, strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, coordination, gait, and postural control.  Pediatric Physical Therapists help infants and children reach gross motor developmental milestones and move through their environments as independently and efficiently as possible. They are also instrumental with facilitating the rehabilitation process after injuries and surgeries.

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Common areas of therapy

Motor Development

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Motor Development

  • Standardized Testing
  • Developmental Milestones
  • Neurological Assessment
  • Reflexes

Strength and Endurance

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Strength and Endurance

  • Muscle force
  • Muscle ability to sustain contractions
  • Foundation for all developmental motor Skill acquisition
  • Injury prevention

Flexibility

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Flexibility

  • Range of motion
  • Mobility
  • Prevention of Injuries
  • Performance Improvement

Coordination and Balance

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Coordination and Balance

  • Crawling
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Climbing
  • Catching/Throwing

Gait

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Gait

  • Walking Patterns
  • Gait Trainers, Walkers
  • Crutches
  • Canes

Postural Control

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Postural Control

  • Ability to maintain upright posture without support
  • Provides a base of support which allows the arms and legs to move smoothly
  • Necessary foundation for all fine motor and gross motor skill acquisition
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