What are some signs that my child may need physical therapy?

What skills are taught in physical therapy?

How can physical therapy benefit my child?

What are the signs that my child may need physical therapy?

Movement is a crucial part of your child’s life.

How your child interacts with the environment is one of the most important aspects of growing up. Your child may need physical therapy if they are experiencing developmental delays, musculoskeletal disorders, orthopedic issues, or injuries.

Physical therapy will provide your child with the necessary physical motor tools to navigate the world around them.

Using adaptive play, we foster balance and coordination in a fun, relaxed manner and assist infants and children with mastering transitional movements, such as rolling over, sitting up, crawling and walking. 

Physical therapy can help your child build strength and mobility within their environment, despite challenging delays or disabilities.Your child may benefit from PT if he/she has trouble with any of the following:

  • Tolerating tummy time
  • Rolling
  • Sitting or standing without support
  • Cruising along furniture
  • Crawling or walking
  • Getting him/herself into sitting or standing independently
  • Looking in both directions
  • Holding head straight (tends to tilt or turn to one side)
  • Walking and running without frequently tripping or falling
  • Catching or throwing a ball
  • Learning how to jump, skip, ride a bike or play sports

Or you notice any of the following:

  • Prefers to look one way
  • Tends to tilt or turn head to one side often
  • Has flattening or a bulge on the back of his/her head

How can physical therapy benefit my child?

Physical Therapy helps with physical strength, range of motion, and endurance. It addresses the following skills:

  • Improving balance 
  • Developing coordination for running, climbing, sliding, jumping, kicking, throwing, etc.
  • Rolling
  • Sitting
  • Crawling from place to place
  • Walking independently
  • Walking up and down stairs
  • Jumping
  • Catching self when falling 
  • Pedaling and steering a tricycle
  • Moving up and down steps
  • Navigate their environment safely at home or community setting

We also provide training and support in the use of orthotic devices and adaptive equipment, giving children a greater sense of independence and control over movement and helping them access their world.