Pediatric Physical Therapist assists children in developing motor movement in order to achieve the highest level of independence through safe methods of activities.

The physical therapists at CTN work on gross motor milestones, such as rolling, crawling, sitting, walking, running and to navigate their home, community, classroom, and playground. As the child progresses and achieves basic skills, our PTs can further assist your child in participating in higher level activities, such as kicking and catching a ball, sports, dance, games or playground activities that will encourage further participation with their peers. In turn children that participate readily in with their peers have higher self esteems and social emotional skills. Additionally, children who require the assistance of walker, wheelchairs, or orthotics, are encouraged to achieve the highest level of independence in a safe fashion.

A physical therapist may work on the following:

  • Strength
  • Body alignment and positioning devices
  • Gross motor skills
  • Sensory integration and motor planning
  • Posture
  • Muscle tone
  • Endurance

As with all of our therapies, physical therapy may look like play in order to engage your child’s participation. Our therapist utilizes activities that will best address a child’s weakness, while attempting to make it seem like fun. Additionally, physical therapy may need to address muscle function by implementing stretching, endurance activities, strengthening, and massage that may not be the most comfortable during the time of therapy. We may also need to address the natural environment and make suggestions for modification that will assist in optimal performance of a child.

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