Physical Therapy

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical and scientific base and widespread clinical applications in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal physical function, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Pediatric Physical Therapy at TLC focuses on maximizing the child’s physical ability. Physical Therapy builds strength, motor planning, coordination, and balance through play and fun activities. TLC PTs work on skills needed to completed daily activities and increase range of motion. Treatment begins with a comprehensive physical therapy evaluation and is followed by a treatment plan with goals tailored to address the individual child’s needs.

Therapist and teenage boy on exercise barrel

Services include

  • Comprehensive Evaluation
  • Individualized treatment programs based on Clinical assessment and parent concerns
  • Comprehensive Home Exercise programs, if needed
  • Consultations with families and TLC multi-disciplinary team as needed

Skills addressed by Physical Therapy include (but not limited to):

  • Movement and mobility
  • Core strength
  • Flexibility
  • Gait and stair training
  • Balance and coordination
  • Range of Motion
  • Gross Motor skills
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Why are our therapists different?

At TLC, we strive to use a team approach to treatment. We recognize that the most successful approach is collaborating with the team. A child’s team includes all people who impact that specific child’s life, and may include but is not limited to: parents, caregivers, siblings, doctors, school staff, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and BCBAs. Treatment sessions at TLC not only focus on building blocks required for improving a child’s skills, but also focus to improve a child’s independence and self-confidence in home, school, and recreational settings.

Our therapists continuously seek out educational opportunities to ensure your child receives the latest and best evidence-based interventions. Our Physical Therapists are also members of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Therapists and teenage boy performing strength training exercises

 

FAQs

Who will benefit from Physical Therapy?

  • Children who have any diagnosis that impairs balance, gait, muscle development, motor skills development. This may include diagnoses such as Developmental delay, Cerebral Palsy, Genetic Syndromes (e.g., Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Turner Syndrome, Angelman’s Sydrome, etc.), Autism, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, low muscle tone, Torticollis, and prematurity.

What are some of the benefits of Physical Therapy?

  • Increased confidence
  • Increased attention
  • Increased tolerance and independence with ADLs
  • Increased body awareness
  • Improved cognitive and physical development

Services include

  • Comprehensive Evaluation
  • Individualized treatment programs based on Clinical assessment and parent concerns
  • Consultations with TLC’s multidisciplinary team (OT, PT, SLP, ABA) as needed