Pediatric physical therapists are therapists who are specifically educated to assist children and their families in improving function, maximizing potential, and promoting independence in their home, community, and school environments. Pediatric patients are considered to be those at 0-18 years, but young adults over 18 are also treated at Idaho Pediatric Therapy Clinic when appropriate.
When Is Physical Therapy Appropriate For My Child?
Pediatric physical therapy is indicated for your child when there is a movement disorder or motor skill delay that is present. These delays may be related to a childhood disorder or disease, such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, Cancer, Traumatic Brain Injury, and other related genetic or musculoskeletal disorders. Pediatric physical therapy can also be indicated for children who have low muscular tone (hypotonia), developmental delays, coordination delays, toe walking, vestibular/balance issues, and other orthopedic issues such as joint/back pain that are not related to a disorder or specific diagnosis. Torticollis and plagiocephaly (flattening of the cranium) in infants can also be treated by a pediatric physical therapist. Our skilled therapists at Idaho Pediatric Therapy Clinic are available to evaluate your child to determine if she/he is appropriate for therapy intervention and to answer any questions you may have regarding your child’s development.
How Is Pediatric Physical Therapy Different From Other Physical Therapy?
Children who require therapy often need instruction and exercises that differ from those used with teens and adults. Treatment of the child is just part of the equation as well, as many times the family must also be educated, as well as other care providers, to assist in progressing the child’s skills and development. At Idaho Pediatric Therapy Clinic, we specialize in using play in our treatment sessions as a means to create the movement pattern or strengthening activity needed to progress a child’s development. We find ways to make therapy fun, and create exercise programs that are structured around daily activities and play for carryover into the home. All of our interventions are evidence based, and our therapists receive continuing education on a consistent basis to provide the most up to date care.
Pediatric therapists also assist families in obtaining specialized equipment (bath chair, wheelchair, orthotics, etc.) as needed, and make connections with other appropriate professionals/interventions. The therapists at Idaho Pediatric Therapy Clinic work with multiple partners in the valley to provide access to these items and other professionals as indicated.