Phyiscal Therapy

Do you notice that your child ha trouble with 

Holding his or her body with good posture when sitting on the ground or in a chair most of the time?

Standing with good posture with legs and feet aligned; not overly turned in or out?

Moving easily enough to look around to see, hear or pay attention to others?

Reacting quickly or slowly enough to move safely around his or her environments?  Does he or she trip or stumble often when walking, running or playing?

Negotiating stairs and playground equipment safely?

Having the strength, endurance and general coordination to:

  --perform ordinary daily activities at age level expectations?

  --participate fully with and amongst his or her peers in a variety of play situations?

  --comply satisfactorily with age appropriate expectations and routines of educational settings?

Also consider the following:

Has your child been diagnosed with a motor, neurological, orthopedic condition or any developmental delay?

Did your child have a difficult birth or any significant medical conditions in infancy or as a baby?

Did his or her muscle tone seem floppy or stiff?

Did your child demonstrate delays in or skip motor milestones in infancy or as a baby?

Some physiological difficulties or motor challenges that present from birth or within the first year of life can linger and hamper a child’s ready development of gross motor, fine motor, oral motor, play/social and behavior skills in the toddler, preschool and school age years. 

Likewise if a child is experiencing frustration, delays or difficulty with speech development, feeding, fine motor, play/social skills or behavior that are only first noted in the toddler, preschool or school age years, there may be an underlying physical factor or weakness that is contributing to the difficulty.

We can help.

Chatty Child pediatric Physical Therapists treat children of all ages with enthusiasm and care. Your child’s PT will help to provide her or him with a better foundation to improve their strength, flexibility, coordination and control which in turn can also support their overall development.   Your child’s PT will evaluate and assess the fundamentals of good physical development to determine what components of movement may be restricting or impeding their ability to function well.  For example, relative to what is normal, if a child has too much or too little range of motion at his or her hips or ankles, many gross motor and ordinary tasks may be challenging.  Your child’s PT will work to help your child with direct exercise and in fun and creative ways to improve the flexibility and or stability around these joints to improve joint health long term and allow for more ability.