Service Tag: Personal

Physical Therapy

Our Physical Therapy (PT) staff assess the function of neurological, musculoskeletal, pulmonary and cardiovascular systems within a developmental framework. Therapy is provided within an age-appropriate setting and is concerned with the acquisition or restoration of function. Some of the interventions include: gait training, developmental gross motor training, strength training, and NDT techniques. Common diagnoses treated include cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, neurological disorders, autism, torticollis, and orthopedic disorders. Our PTs frequently take continuing education courses to ensure they remain up to date on the best practice of therapeutic techniques.


“Isn’t physical therapy just for athletes and adults in recovery?”

 Nope! Sometimes, children and even babies need physical therapy, too. You might not give a second thought to walking up the stairs or picking up a drink. But for a child with an injury or delay in development, those simple tasks can be a real challenge.

That’s where a pediatric physical therapist can help.

If your child needs physical therapy, they’ll work with a pediatric physical therapist (PT). Typically, pediatric PTs treat kids under 18, from newborns to teenagers. They see children for a variety of different reasons, including bone/muscle issues, sports-related injuries, or genetic, brain, spine, or nerve disorders.

Pediatric PTs help kids improve their range of motion, strength, flexibility, and movement patterns. The goal? Help children move their bodies how and when they want to the best of their abilities. Pediatric PTs help make everyday activities easier for kids.

For the most part, pediatric physical therapy sessions should look and feel like play. PTs engage kids with fun, age-appropriate games and activities to keep them motivated and happy. (Kids should have fun, but physical therapy can be hard work!)

PTs help improve gross motor skills (tasks that involve large muscle groups, like walking and throwing) by encouraging kids to do things like:

  • Play on large exercise balls to build strength
  • Run/hop around to improve their coordination
  • Play on large exercise balls to build strength
  • Stand on one foot

PTs can help kids with many issues, including:

  • Recovery from sports- and non-sports-related injuries
  • Delays in development, such as a child who should be walking
  • Not hitting the milestones for their age
  • Genetic disorders, such as Down syndrome
  • Muscle weakness or imbalances
  • Poor coordination and/or motor planning – which is the ability to think of and carry out a motor act, such as writing with a pencil
  • Nerve/muscle conditions, such as cerebral palsy

During an initial visit, a PT will check your child’s strength, development, and see how easily they can stand, walk, and complete tasks appropriate for their age to see if there is a delay. If there is a delay, they also determine the degree and potential cause of the delay. From there, a PT will work with you and your child to figure out a treatment plan.

If you have concerns about your child’s development and think they could benefit from physical therapy, make sure to talk to your healthcare professional.

Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapy (OT) staff provide treatment with sensory motor and developmental approaches. Treatment programs focus on improving functional independence through visual-perceptual, fine motor, upper extremity strength and coordination, sensory integration, oral-motor, feeding, and self-help activities. Our skilled OTs consistently pursue training in handwriting, sensory integration, feeding, NDT, adaptive equipment, interactive metronome, and therapeutic listening interventions. Common diagnoses treated in OT include cerebral palsy, motor incoordination, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), down syndrome, and sensory integrative dysfunction. Our large sensory gyms are fully equipped to facilitate improvement in developmental milestones and sensory processing skills, within a therapeutic play approach.


Sensory integration helps people “make sense” of the world around them. Sensory integration is the process of using our senses to take in and organize sensory information for success in everyday activities.

Many people think of occupational therapy as something that is only for adults, but children can benefit from OT as well. Kids don’t have “occupations” in a traditional way, but playing is the job of children. Occupational therapy involves helping people with activities they need and want to do every day including self care skills (feeding, dressing, grooming, etc.) playing and communicating, and being part of their family.

Occupational therapy goals include therapists enabling children to be able to do what they need and want to do: get dressed, ride a bike, make friends, perform tasks in class and learn at school. Occupational therapists are trained to assess how children use sensory integration, including any atypical sensory seeking or avoiding behaviors.