The specialty of pediatrics within the practice of physical therapy (PT) is concerned with identifying and treating the underlying causes of functional limitations which are resulting in a child’s inability to fully participate in one or more life situations or contexts. Once these underlying causes are determined, a treatment plan is developed and implemented with the help of the parents.
Children who may benefit from PT present.....
in many different ways...some walk, some use wheelchairs, some need help to be able to walk, some have difficulty with their coordination and/or balance, some have low muscle tone, some have high muscle tone, some are weak, some are strong but coordination issues leave them functionally weak in some ways, some are needing help with self regulation, some need orthoses, some do not, some have tight muscles, some are too flexible*,
at many different ages...infants, toddlers, preadolescents, adolescents and teenagers,
with many different diagnoses...cerebral palsy, sensory processing issues, torticollis, spina bifida, autism, developmental coordination disorder, traumatic brain injury, developmental delay*.
*these lists are not meant to be all inclusive