Physical Therapy Can Make a Significant Difference In a Child’s Life
At Kara Dodds and Associates, our pediatric physical therapy addresses strength, balance, coordination, endurance, and sensory integration for children with special needs. They evaluate and treat infants to adolescents who have difficulties moving and performing other physical activities related to injuries, pre-existing conditions, and problems caused by illnesses or diseases.
Why Is Motor Movement Important In A Child’s Life?
Pediatric physical therapists promote independence, motor development, improving strength, range of motion to get kids back to being kids by helping children to improve gross motor deficits play, self-care activities and daily living events needed to help achieve independence by strengthening core muscles which can assist your child in tasks of sitting, handwriting, drawing, or coloring as well as possibly increase their attention to task in school or at home. A strong core trunk can also enable your child to breathe, communicate, move and use their extremities more effectively. Physical therapy can also help strengthen upper and lower extremities to assist with age appropriate activities such as running, jumping, and ascending and descending stairs safely.
Signs Your Child May Need Physical Therapy
- Baby prefers to turn head to one side
- Not weightbearing on legs by 6 months
- Not sitting by 8 months
- Not crawling by 12 months
- Not walking by 18 months
- Walks on tip toes for more than 6 months
- Slumps when sitting
- Frequently fall, seem clumsy or uncoordinated
- Limp or favor a hip or leg
- Tire easily when playing
If your child exhibits any of these signs, they may be experiencing gross motor delays inhibiting him or her from performing many age appropriate gross motor activities.