Physical Therapy

PTpage photosPediatric physical therapists (PTs) help children reach their maximum potential for functional independence. As movement experts, physical therapists evaluate, promote health and wellness, and implement a wide variety of interventions and supports to accomplish this goal. Pediatric physical therapists support children from infancy through adolescence, collaborating with each child’s family and other medical, educational, developmental, and rehabilitation specialists.

 Pediatric physical therapy addresses the following:

  • Balance
  • Cardiopulmonary Endurance
  • Caregiver Assistance and Routines
  • Coordination
  • Developmental Activities
  • Joint Range of Motion and Function
  • Motor Planning New Activities
  • Movement & Mobility
  • Muscle Tone and Spasticity Management
  • Orthotic & Prosthetic Function and Training
  • Posture and Skeletal Alignment
  • Recreation, Play & Leisure
  • Safety and Prevention Programs
  • Sensory and Neuromotor Development
  • Strength for Age-Appropriate Activities
  • Use of Adaptive Equipment or Assistive Technology


Children with the following conditions are commonly evaluated and treated by pediatric physical therapists:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Developmental Delay
  • Down Syndrome
  • Genetic Conditions
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Limb Deficiency or Amputation
  • Metabolic Conditions
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Orthopedic Conditions
  • Plagiocephaly
  • Premature Birth
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Sensory Processing Disorders