What is physical therapy for children?

Updated: Mar 9

What is Physical Therapy for children?


The role of the pediatric physical therapist is to evaluate and provide treatment for delays in motor skills by developing the strength and range of motion that children need to move through their environment easily and effectively.

They are assessing areas of:

· Flexibility

· Strength

· Posture

· Gait

· Sensory processing

· Balance

· Coordination and skill

What is different between regular PT and pediatric PT?


Children often don’t understand why they are in therapy. Play, family involvement, and one-on-one care are important when providing care to the children. Fun and motivational factors are incorporated into functional activities to make therapy enjoyable for the child. Collaboration of care includes recommending and training in orthotics, prosthetics, adaptive equipment, custom wheelchair seating systems and adaptive technology.


Diagnosis include: Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy and associated disorders, Spina Bifida, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthrogyposis, Cardio-PulmonaryDisorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Cancer, and Traumatic Brain Injury.

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