Physical Therapy Areas of Intervention
• Gross Motor Skills – using large muscles for sitting, standing, walking, running, etc.
• Balance/Coordination Skills – involves the brain, bones, and muscles in a coordinated
effort for smooth movement.
• Strengthening – building muscle for support and endurance.
• Functional Mobility/Motor Planning – moving through space, day to day, for
independence and efficiency.
Pediatric Treatment Sessions
In a clinic setting, the treatment is determined by the referring physician, parent/caretaker, and therapist. The amount of therapy provided by the child’s health insurance may also influence the frequency of services.
Children are motivated through play, therefore, physical therapists use child-friendly, specially chosen toys and activities to motivate and encourage their patient to participate in therapy. Typically, you will find balls, crash pads, swings, and slides in a pediatric therapy gym. Children have fun while they work hard to accomplish the tasks their therapists set for them.
For ages 0-3 years, Early Intervention, the focus is to coach and educate families and caregivers on how to use physical therapy activities to encourage increased participation in the child’s routines at home and in the community.