Physical Therapy is a health profession developed to help people with large motor coordination, mobility, muscle strengthening, pain management and endurance. Physical therapy involves treatment of either neurological or orthopedic conditions. Children may have never developed certain milestones; consequently treatment involves developmental training and teaching of these skills for the first time. Pediatric physical therapy is an area of extreme specialty, which takes a therapist trained and experienced with a knowledge of normal development and abnormal development issues. More Than Words…Therapy Services works with children and adults. The therapists are highly skilled and provide evaluation and therapy services.
The following are our highlighted areas of Physical Therapy expertise:
- Strength and mobility training
- Gait training
- Bobath/NDT techniques
- Modalities (hot/cold, ultrasound, e-stim)
- Seating and Equipment assessments
- Developmental delays
- Lack of coordination and strength
- Brain Injury
- Mobility deficits
- Problems with muscle tone
- Orthopedic conditions
- Muscle disease
Pediatric physical therapy focuses on improving an individual’s a child’s developmental and functional abilities in the areas of mobility, balance, strength, and coordination.
Evaluation and interventions include:
- Balance and postural control
- Gait training and mobility
- Gross motor coordination
- Pain management
- Posture and positioning
- Range of Motion
- Strength and Endurance
- Seating and equipment
Pediatric Conditions which may require treatment to include:
- Weight management/obesity
- Developmental delay/prematurity
- Lack of coordination/strength
- Balance deficits
- Muscle Disease
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Orthopedic Conditions
- Arthritic Conditions
Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy in the Educational Setting: Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), occupational therapy and physical therapy are defined as “related services,” which students with disabilities who receive special education are entitled to, only if it will help them benefit from their special education program. Public schools are mandated to provide free, appropriate education in the least restrictive environment to children with disabilities who need special education and related services. This means that to the maximum extent possible, students with disabilities should be educated with students without disabilities.
Occupational therapy and physical therapy practitioners working in the school setting must therefore focus on improving a child’s functional skills as related to his or her performance in the educational environment. Occupational therapy and physical therapy service delivery is integrated in the school environment to the greatest extent possible and involves collaboration with the educational staff.
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