Pediatric physical therapy is designed to improve children's gross motor skills including rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, running, climbing, and ball skills. PT's help children born with illnesses, dysfunction, chromosomal disorders, injuries, as well as children who have not yet attained gross motor milestones. 

Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Common Diagnoses Treated:

  • Torticollis
  • Erb's Palsy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental Delay
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Stroke
  • Down's Syndrome
  • CHARGE Syndrome
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Charcot Marie Tooth
  • Spina Bifida
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Toe Walking
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis 

Photo Credit:  Mitya Ku

Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Benefits of Physical Therapy

  • Increase in strength
  • Increase in balance
  • Increase in coordination
  • Increase in stability
  • Increase smoothness of movement transitions
  • Easier time participating in school activities
  • Improve walking pattern
  • Increased endurance
  • Prevent Injury
  • Maximize Independence
  • Better motor planning 

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Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Common Symptoms of Dysfunction:

  • Irregular head shape past 6 weeks of life
  • Child only looks in one direction
  • Child only moves one side of the body
  • Child appears "floppy"
  • Child cannot maintain sitting position
  • Child is delayed more than 2 months in achieving gross motor milestone
  • Child runs on toes
  • Child appears clumsy
  • Child cannot keep up with peers
  • Child cannot sit still in class
  • Child cannot follow more than one step commands