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What is Pediatric PT?

 

Unlocking Your Child's Potential with Pediatric Physical Therapy

Pediatric physical therapy (also known as pediatric physiotherapy), is a specialized branch of physical therapy that addresses the unique needs of infants, children, and adolescents. It involves assessing, diagnosing, and treating various conditions affecting their physical development, movement, and functional abilities. 

 

Pediatric physiotherapists utilize age-appropriate techniques, exercises, and interventions to improve motor skills, enhance mobility, improve coordination, manage pain, and support overall physical well-being in young patients.

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When to Consider Seeing a Pediatric Physiotherapist

 

We understand that every child is unique and may require extra care and attention when it comes to their physical development. We work with young patients who exhibit a range of concerns, including difficulty keeping up with peers, weakness, poor endurance, and challenges with balance—kids who avoid activities like climbing or specific playgrounds or attempt to skip gym class can benefit from physical therapy.

 

Consider reaching out to a pediatric physiotherapist if you are concerned about:

 

Developmental Delays

If your little one seems to be taking a bit longer to crawl, walk, or hit other motor milestones, we can assess the situation and help your child get back on track.

Playtime Injuries

Kids love being active, but sometimes injuries happen. Whether it's a sports injury or a broken bone, our pediatric physical therapy team is here to assist with pain management, recovery, and getting your child back to doing what they love.

Challenges with Balance

Balance is essential for a child's physical development, but sometimes issues arise that can affect their stability and coordination during playtime. Whether it's due to developmental challenges or other underlying factors, our pediatric physical therapy team is here to provide expert support.

Poor Endurance

Whether it's difficulty keeping up with peers during sports or feeling fatigued after minimal exertion, we understand kids' challenges with poor endurance and aim to help them build their stamina and resilience.

Special Needs Support

If your child has a neurological condition, genetic disorder, or any special needs requiring extra attention, we have the expertise to provide personalized therapy that focuses on improving their motor skills, coordination, and independence.

How Pediatric Physical Therapists Assess Developmental Progress

Developmental milestones are important markers of physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development that children are expected to achieve within specific age ranges. 

 

These milestones include various aspects, such as gross motor skills (rolling, crawling, walking), fine motor skills (grasping objects, using utensils), language development, social interactions, and cognitive abilities. A pediatric physical therapist can help your child hit these milestones appropriately. 

 

At developt, we are passionate about child development, and support your child's developmental journey through:

Evaluation and Assessment

We are skilled in assessing a child's development and identifying any delays or challenges in achieving milestones.

Parent/Caregiver Education

We love to work closely with parents and caregivers to provide guidance and education on supporting their child's development at home. We offer strategies, exercises, and adaptations that can be integrated into everyday routines to reinforce progress and promote skill-building.

Early Intervention

Pediatric physical therapy is vital in early intervention services, identifying and addressing developmental delays as early as possible. Early intervention can lead to better outcomes, as it focuses on supporting a child's development during critical periods of growth.

Targeted Interventions

Based on the assessment results, we design specific interventions and therapeutic activities to address the identified developmental gaps. These interventions focus on enhancing motor skills, coordination, strength, balance, and overall physical function.

Schedule an Appointment

Together, we will craft a personalized plan to help your child thrive and reach new heights.

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