Physical Therapy Services

Physical therapy helps children overcome gross motor deficits in order to achieve functional independence

Why Is Motor Movement Important In A Child’s Life?  Pediatric Physical Therapy helps children to improve gross motor deficits within a child’s play, self-care activities, and daily living events needed to help achieve functional independence for a child.  At Kara Dodds and Associates, our Physical Therapists create individualized therapy plans by first conducting as assessment to determine areas of need. Then, by establishing therapy goals therapists implement a variety of interventions and supports to improve skills.  Our Physical Therapists work with children from infancy through adolescence age, all awhile collaborating with their families and other medical, educational, developmental, and rehabilitation specialists to develop an individualized treatment plan.

What Are Goals Of Our Physical Therapists? Goals are to promote independence, increase participation in daily activities, facilitate motor development, improve strength and range of motion, enhance learning opportunities, and get kids back to being kids.

Who Benefits From Physical Therapy? Our Physical Therapists provide evaluation and treatment for individuals that may have difficulty in:

  • Gross motor development
  • Muscle tone & strength development
  • Posture & postural control
  • Pre-gait & gait training
  • Locomotion patterns
  • Neuromuscular function & Endurance
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Body alignment & Range of Motion
  • Environmental adaptations (e.g. seating / positioning)
  • Wheelchair positioning & mobility
  • Splinting, bracing or orthotics

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After taking my son to two other speech offices, I found Kara Dodds and Associates, Inc. I was looking for a place that was knowledgeable about apraxia speech. My son received private speech for 4 months prior to switching to KDA and had made little progress. Once he was at KDA, he started progressing right away and has come a long way.

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News, Media and Blogs

Strength and Power Training for Children with Poor Coordination!

By Veronica Glen, PT, DPT (http://www.thesandiegopediatricpt.com/2017/01/strength-and-power-training-for-kiddos.html)

When Physical Therapists see a clumsy or uncoordinated child, one of the first thoughts we think is “That kid can use some balance training!” or “They could benefit from functional activity practice!” What current evidence based research is finding is that strength and power training can be just as helpful if not MORE helpful than functional movement training!

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