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Physical Therapist provide services to help children birth through 19 restore function, reach delayed motor milestones, provide early intervention, prevent/limit permanent physical disabilities, sports rehabilitation, gait training, neurodevelopmental treatment, and improve mobility and strength. They focus on the evaluation and treatment of children with health problems resulting from injury, disease, or congenital conditions, with an emphasis on movement dysfunction.
Our treatment approach is responsive and, in every way possible, it is fun! We move sensitively and intentionally along with our children, often singing their favorite songs and playing games. We observe, guide, and motivate. Always following the lead of the child whose development is, after all, a natural, amazing process. We strive for optimal success and effectiveness in every child's treatment. To achieve this, we know we must work with the child and the parents or caregivers and to do so attentively, within the context of individual ability and circumstance. Educating caregivers is always a critical component of our work.
The following is a brief description of some of the treated disorders:
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD):
We provide physical therapy, helping children with a diagnosis of Autism, to improve their gross motor skills and enhance their participation in group gross motor activities.
Our pediatric physical therapists are experienced in treating children with a diagnosis of Down syndrome; Cerebral Palsy; and many other developmental disabilities that impair a child's acquisition of locomotor and gross motor skills.
Physical Therapist help children with hypotonia, or low muscle tone, vastly improve their function. Hypotonia is a condition of weak muscle strength that may cause developmental problems including delays in acquisition of gross motor skills.
Physical Therapy for premature infants is an essential way to help advance a preterm infant's development more quickly. A prematurely born infant may need support in a number of ways. We teach parents how to aid in their infant's skill acquisition, and in the process, strengthen parent-child bonding. Our natural play approach promotes both physical and cognitive development.
An abnormal gait pattern, that if untreated can cause joint contracture at the ankles. Physical therapy can help improve a child's ability to walk and also decrease the need for other, more invasive treatment techniques.
Physical Therapy is essential for helping a young child under the age of three to acquire their gross motor skills. Physical Therapy for Developmental Delay is a "catch all" phrase to describe many different conditions such as delayed sitting, crawling, standing, walking.
Physical therapy for infantile torticollis, which is a congenital muscular disorder causing lateral side-bending of the head toward the affected shoulder and rotation of head to opposite shoulder, is the most effective treatment for helping an infant gain better range of motion in their neck. Often, infants with this disorder have difficulty nursing, have poor head control and cannot tolerate being on their tummies. Our Pediatric Physical Therapists have excellent outcomes for helping infants make a complete recovery from torticollis. We also help teach the parents how to position their baby for nursing, sleep, and play to promote better head alignment.
Suggested referrals include:
Based on Evaluation, Treatments May Include:
Prior to the first appointment, a physicians prescription / therapy order and clinical notes indicating the medical necessity for the referral is required and may be faxed to FTC at 918-398-7983.