What Is Pediatric Physical Therapy?

Pediatric physical therapists are licensed professionals who specialize in evaluation and management of impaired or delayed motor development in infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The physical therapist identifies the source of movement problems through tests and measures, analyzes the impact on daily function, and designs a physical therapy plan of care which will improve a child's participation in her or his natural environment. Interventions are focused on increasing participation in daily home and community activities, improving motor function, attaining mobility, and alleviating impairments which affect function. Interventions are designed to be fun for children and easily incorporated into the child's typical routines. Parents, caregivers, teachers, and other health care professionals are involved in the interventions so that the child can practice new movement skills in all his or her environments.