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  • Writer's pictureDr. Savannah Wise, PT, DPT

What things do pediatric physical therapists work on?

Physical therapy is an important part of helping children reach their full potential. Through physical therapy interventions, children can learn to move, coordinate, and control their bodies, leading to better physical and mental health.

Physical therapy focuses on the development of a child's gross motor skills. These skills are necessary for the child to interact with their environment and to participate in daily activities. Gross motor skills involve the coordination and control of large muscle groups in the body, such as those used for sitting independently, crawling, walking, running, throwing, and kicking. Physical therapists can help children learn how to master these skills through various activities, such as balance reaction training, core strengthening activities, reaching activities, or more gross motor activities like hopscotch, or catching/throwing a ball.

Pediatric physical therapy also focuses on improving a child's balance and coordination. Poor coordination can lead to falls and other injuries, so it is important to help children develop good balance and coordination. Physical therapy can help by providing activities that encourage children to move and balance. For example, a physical therapist might set up exercises that require a child to stand on one foot or carry an object on a tray while balancing. This will help them learn to control and coordinate their movements.

Physical therapy also focuses on teaching children how to interact with their environment. This helps them understand how to interact with people and objects in a safe and healthy way. Physical therapists can help with activities such as walking on a balance beam, putting together puzzles, and helping to teach basic skills such as hand-eye coordination. This helps children to learn social skills such as listening and following instructions.

Physical therapy can play a key role in promoting a child's development. It helps to improve gross motor skills, balance, and coordination. It also helps to teach children how to interact with their environment and to develop social skills. Want to learn more about how we help children reach their full potential and lead a healthy and active lifestyle? Shoot us a message or comment below!

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