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Pediatric physical therapists (PTs) work with children and their families to assist each child in reaching their maximum potential to function independently and to promote active participation in home, school, and community environments. Physical therapists use their expertise in movement and apply clinical reasoning through the process of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention. As primary health care providers, PTs also promote health and wellness as they implement a wide variety of supports for children from infancy through adolescence in collaboration with their families and other medical, educational, developmental, and rehabilitation specialists.
Pediatric physical therapy promotes independence and participation, facilitates motor development and function, improves strength and endurance, enhances learning opportunities, and eases challenges with daily care-giving.
Speech/language therapy can address a variety of issues including: communication, expressing wants and needs, articulation, and social communication. Pediatric SLP’s have training and experience working with a diverse population of children, including children with Autism, ADD/ADHD among others. Many times, social skills, cognitive development, sign language as well as feeding issues are addressed in speech, language therapy. Speech therapist may also help children and families find appropriate technology to support communication and education activities.
Occupational therapy aims to help children succeed in meeting the daily needs of childhood: play & school. Many children referred to occupational therapy demonstrate difficulties in processing sensory input. These children misinterpret everyday sensory information, such as touch, movement and sound.. This can lead to difficulties with motor coordination, social/emotional challenges, school difficulties, behavioral problems, etc. The role of the occupational therapist is to assess and treat sensory processing and sensory integration disorders. Occupational therapist also address issues related to fine motor skill development and cognitive skill development. In addition, OT’s may assist children with visual-motor concerns. OT’s play a large role in prescribing assistive devices and adaptive equipment to improve functional abilities.