Physical Therapy

The Role of a Pediatric Physical Therapist

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. PTs use their expertise in movement and apply clinical reasoning through the process of examination, evaluation and intervention. Pediatric Physical Therapy promotes independence, increases participation, facilitates motor development and function, improves strength and endurance, enhances learning opportunities, and eases challenges with daily caregiving. The pediatric PT collaborates with the family to promote development and implement an individualized intervention program for the child.

Pediatric PTs use evidence based practice to provide any of the following services as part of their plan of care:

  • Developmental activities
  • Positioning for play and daily routines
  • Movement and mobility
  • Strengthening
  • Motor Learning
  • Balance and Coordination
  • Adaptation of daily care activities and routines
  • Equipment recommendation and fitting
  • Tone Management

(Adapted from American Physical Therapy Association Fact Sheet)