Physical Therapy

Care and support for improving range of movement, flexibility, and strength

What Does A Physical Therapist Do?

How Do I Know If My Child Needs Support?

How Does Always Keep Progressing Help My Child?

What Do I Do If I Think My Child Needs Support?

Physical Therapists 

Introduction

Physical therapy refers to therapy that helps children of all ages to develop and improve range of motion, flexibility, strength, and movement skills. The ultimate goal for a physical therapist is to help children move their bodies how they want to, when they want to.

Overall, pediatric physical therapists can help make everyday activities much easier for kids who have an injury or delay in development.

What Does A Physical Therapist Do?

A physical therapist (PT) is a highly trained healthcare professional, who is licensed to evaluate and treat infants, children, adolescents and young adults who have disabilities or difficulty participating in everyday life activities due to injury, bone/muscle issues, or genetic/brain/spine/nerve disorders. Physical therapists help to improve a child’s gross motor skills (or tasks that use larger muscle groups, i.e. walking/throwing).

A physical therapist might ask a child to:

  • Balance on a balance beam
  • Stand on one foot
  • Run/hop around (for coordination skills)
  • Play on large exercise balls (for strength building)
  • Engage in adaptive play
  • Engage in aquatic (water) therapy
  • Engage in exercises to improve circulation (using heat/cold, massage, exercise)
  • Engage in flexibility exercises to increase ROM (range of motion)

How Do I Know If My Child Needs Support?

Some children have difficulties mastering skills that allow them to play appropriately, develop essential life skills, and do things independently. If your child is experiencing issues with gross motor skills, such as walking or throwing, he/she may benefit from pediatric physical therapy.

If you feel that your child is in need of physical therapy services, AKP can provide free phone consultations and an evaluation to determine a treatment program for your child.

Your child may benefit from physical therapy if she/he has difficulty:

 

  • Sitting or standing with no support
  • Walking/running without frequently tripping/falling
  • Crawling or walking
  • Tolerating tummy time
  • Throwing or catching a ball
  • Learning how to jump
  • Learning how to skip
  • Learning how to ride a bike
  • Learning how to play sports

How Does Always Keep Progressing Help My Child?

Many children can benefit from physical therapy. During the initial visit, a physical therapist will evaluate your child’s strength, flexibility, development, and standing/walking abilities (gait) in order to see if there is a delay or need for services. If there is a delay, the PT will work with you to create a treatment plan, including instructions for home exercise programs and preventative measures. Remember — our clinic offers free phone consultations to help you determine the need for a formal evaluation.

Our bilingual, trained, and licensed physical therapists specialize in pediatrics and treating the following areas:

 

  • Recovery from sports-related injuries (orthopedic)
  • Recovery from non-sports-related injuries (orthopedic)
  • Heart and lung conditions
  • Developmental delays (i.e. child who should be walking or running)
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Genetic disorders
  • Birth defects
  • In-utero drug/alcohol exposure effects
  • Down syndrome
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Acute trauma
  • Head injury
  • Poor coordination or motor planning skills
  • Nerve/muscle disorders (i.e. cerebral palsy)

What’s next 

What Do I Do If I Think My Child Needs Support?

Firstly, we want to assure you that there is no need to worry. We are here to guide you through every step of the way and help you to find the support that your child needs! If you feel that your child is in need of our services, you will follow four major steps: book a free consultation, complete the intake form, schedule the initial evaluation, and schedule treatment sessions.

Each step of this process is very important, and can get complicated when using insurance. We specialize in working with insurance, and are here to walk you through the process and make things as easy and pain-free as possible!

Of course, if you are opting to use private pay, these steps will be simplified.

1. Consultation

You can book a free consultation with one of our speech therapy specialists by clicking the button on the right! A consultation consists of listening to your concerns, getting some information about payments/insurance plans, and walking you through next steps. Most of the time, we can complete the consultation with you right then and there!
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2. Intake Form

Complete our intake form and provide us with a detailed case history. Usually, we are able to complete the intake form with you during our consultation call. This information allows us to secure your child’s spot, create your child’s profile in our system, and helps therapists to prepare for the right evaluation materials for your child.

3. Evaluation

Once we have verified your insurance and received necessary documents, such as a doctor’s referral order (some insurances require authorization for evaluations, and some don’t), you will be all set to start! Our scheduling coordinator and administrative staff will contact you right away to schedule your initial evaluation based on your availability. Following the evaluation, we will formulate a personalized plan of care and call/meet with you to define your child’s goals and type/duration/frequency of treatment.

3. Treatment

Once all documents are in place and your insurance approves services, our scheduling coordinator and administrative staff will call to schedule treatment sessions at times that suit you and begin your child’s journey towards success!

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