Physical Therapy

Does my child need physical therapy?

Pediatric physical therapy addresses children's gross motor needs, ages birth to 18 years, based on expected gross motor milestone and any physical irregularities found during a formal assessment. if you have any concerns regarding the development of your child's gross motor skills, please discuss these with your doctor so that he or she may make a referral for a PT evaluation.

Evaluation Process

  • Flexibility/Range of Motion
  • Muscle Strength
  • Muscle Tone
  • Pain
  • Joint Integrity
  • Gross motor skill Level
  • Gait (the way a person walks)
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Sensation/Body Awareness
  • Safety Awareness

Following the evaluation, it will be determined whether your child will benefit from regularly scheduled physical therapy sessions. Other information provided after an evaluation may include:

  • Determination of existing or potential problems
  • Consultation with other medical professionals including doctors, and therapists of other disciplines (occupational, speech, feeding, and behavioral therapists are directly available at ATS)
  • Instruction for a home exercise program
    • We strongly encourage parental involvement in the therapeutic process
  • Recommendation of beneficial medical equipment and/or orthotics if applicable

Physical Therapy Treatment

Our pediatric physical therapists are skilled in providing creative, age appropriate and compassionate care for children with a variety of conditions, including but not limited to the following:

  • Developmental Delays (in particular those that may be associated with autism)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Orthopedic disabilities/injuries
  • Birth Defects (such as Spina Bifida)
  • Acute Trauma
  • Head Injury
  • Neuromuscular Diseases

We provide a variety of services during physical therapy treatment sessions which may include:

  • Heat/Cold Therapy
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Adaptive Play
  • Gait training
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Strength training
  • Vestibular Stimulation
  • Balance and Coordination Training
  • Manual Stretching and/or Soft Tissue massage
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation
  • Flexibility Exercises
  • Functional Training
  • Desensitization Techniques
  • Safety and Prevention Education

Currently, we have 4 licensed pediatric physical therapists (PT), and a pediatric therapist assistant (PTA) that provide advanced and quality care. Head on over to Our Team page to meet our pediatric professionals.