Pediatric Physical Therapy
At Sensory KIDS, physical therapy begins with a comprehensive evaluation session. We then meet with parents to review findings and establish goals as a team. These goals are functional, meaningful to the child, and individual to each family’s current needs.
Our pediatric physical therapy services are provided in a specially equipped clinic designed to support interactive, child centered play and activity based intervention. We believe strongly that parent involvement is the key to success in therapy. Physical therapists are able to facilitate collaboration, guide parent participation during a portion of the treatment session, and instruct in home/community recommendations based on each family’s comfort level and goals.
Physical therapy sessions are designed to promote and refine the ability to move, expand gross motor play repertoires, prevent disability, and ultimately enhance participation in developmentally-appropriate and meaningful activities in a variety of environments (e.g., home, community) with a variety of partners (e.g., family, peers). Since all domains of a child’s development are considered interrelated and interdependent, a physical therapy session will incorporate strategies to address sensory, communication, and emotional regulation needs in order to elicit optimal postural and motor responses.
All behavior is viewed as purposeful, serving a variety of functions (e.g., communication, emotional regulation). When a child displays unconventional or problem behaviors, the physical therapist will work with families and team members to determine what is driving the behavior and develop appropriate supports.
In some cases, a child may demonstrate a need for support in the form of orthotics (e.g., dynamic foot orthotics, compression garments). Physical therapists will work families, orthotists, and/or orthopedists to determine the most appropriate orthotics as well as frequency/duration of use for maximum benefit.
Another important aspect of physical therapy at Sensory KIDS is prevention. The back-to-sleep initiative has significantly reduced cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), but babies now miss out on the 12 to 15 hours of tummy time daily. With nearly one in two babies diagnosed with plagiocephaly (flat head) and one in six with torticollis (tilted neck) or delayed milestones, we feel it is essential to provide families with the education and support needed for success with tummy time and to enhance movement.