Physical therapy may be an option for children with developmental difficulties, ASD, TBI, and other concerns impacting development. The area of concern/delay may be underdevelopment of musculature and neuroanatomy, delayed motor control, weak muscle tone and impaired breathing control. These areas of physical delay limit functional development.
Both young and older children, teens and adults can benefit from a carefully designed exercise program provided by a physical therapist.
As with other therapies, the goals of physical therapy will be determined on an individual basis with the input of parents, physicians, and other members of the treatment team.
Physical therapist can help a child with developmental difficulties learn a variety of age-appropriate motor skills, from throwing, catching, and kicking a ball to jumping, hopping, and riding a bike to other less playful physical therapies such as:
A pediatric physical therapist is an expert in gross motor skill development. As part of a team, a physical therapist ensures that child is working towards their gross motor milestones and skills so that they are able to physically keep up with their peers.
A physical therapist can provide: