Pediatric physical therapy focuses on working to improve the child's muscle strength, coordination and walking. Positioning and handling skills are used to improve mobility and the normalization of muscle tone. Pediatric physical therapists work with the child and collaborate with the caregivers to develop and implement a customized physical therapy program to help each child reach his/her full potential. Physical therapists also address strengthening, balance, and coordination, along with positioning, gross motor skills, transfers, mobility, locomotor skills (running, hopping, skipping, jumping), ball skills and other motor skills. Pediatric therapy evaluation and treatment requires a prescription from the physician.
- Gross motor skills
- Transfers, mobility
- Locomotor skills (running, hopping, skipping, jumping),
- Play skills (kicking, hitting, batting balls & interaction with other age appropriate toys)
- And other motor skills necessary to improve function and enhance participation in a variety of settings