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Physical therapists assist children in achieving developmental milestones, such as rolling, sitting, standing, walking, running, jumping, and balance. We strive to improve mobility to enable children to participate in age-appropriate activities.  Play is the most important aspect of a young child’s development as it is where he/she learns to manipulate the environment, interact socially with peers, develop a sense of belonging, and achieve success. 

What to Expect: Initial Visit
The initial evaluation will consist of the physical therapist observing the child’s mobility in lying down, sitting, standing, walking, running, and participating in age-appropriate activities. The physical therapist will also move the child’s joints to determine the range of motion, strength, and muscle functioning. From this evaluation, a treatment plan will be developed between the physical therapist, child, and family to address areas of weakness or difficulty in an effort to improve mobility, daily function, and provide the child with the tools for success.

How to Prepare Your Child
In preparing your child for his/her first physical therapy session, you may ask them to collect 2 or 3 favorite toys or activities to play with Miss Colleen. For a young child, you may explain that you and Miss Colleen will talk and then it will be the child’s turn to play. For an older child, explain to them that Miss Colleen will want to see them walk, run, sit, stand, and balance. 

Parents are required to attend the first session and encouraged to attend follow up appointments.  If the child has difficulty interacting with the physical therapist while a parent is present, it may be more beneficial for the parent to remain in the waiting room while the child attends therapy.

What to Expect: Follow-up Visits
A typical physical therapy treatment session looks like no more than the physical therapist playing with a child. The physical therapist works though positioning and play activities to strengthen weak muscles, stretch tight muscles, and improve core/trunk strength to improve balance and mobility. Most often the family will be instructed in positions to work on at home as well as positions their child should avoid. A home exercise program will be developed to compliment and advance the progress achieved during therapy.



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