At Nemours, we want to limit the effects of any physical challenges and help your child reach his or her full potential. That’s why our team of experts in pediatric physical therapy works with your child to maximize his or her gross motor function (those associated with the large muscle groups and often affect mobility), independence, and fitness.
We provide pediatric physical therapy for a variety of conditions, including:
- those that are present at birth (such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, or Down syndrome)
- those acquired through illness (such as muscular dystrophy or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis)
- those acquired through accident or injury (such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injury, or loss of a body part) and even those due to prematurity or developmental delay.
We also provide pediatric physical therapy for children and teens who are recovering from sports injuries or those who require vestibular and balance testing.
- photo ID
- medical insurance cards
- names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
- guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
Our pediatric physical therapists at Nemours Children’s Hospital provide evaluation and treatment for children who were born with or acquired a disability through injury or disease.
Our team members specialize in physical therapy for children and work with your child to maximize his or her gross motor function (associated with the large muscle groups and often affecting mobility), independence, and fitness.
Your Child's Physical Therapy Treatment Plan
After a thorough evaluation, our pediatric physical therapists will design a treatment plan tailored to your child’s age, cognitive abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. We’ll also consult with the rest of your child’s care team, including occupational therapists, orthopedists, neurologists, and even school personnel, to ensure the plan meets your child’s functional needs in every setting.
Pediatric physical therapy may be provided on an inpatient or outpatient basis, and may include activities and goals such as:
- gait training (gait is how a person walks)
- postural training
- activities for building endurance
- muscle strengthening
- increasing range of motion and flexibility
- enhancing coordination and balance
- learning to use a prosthetic (a prosthetic or prosthesis is an artificial extension that replaces a missing body part, such as an arm or leg)
- increasing overall fitness
If necessary, we may also recommend certain types of adaptive equipment or customized assistive devices that will help increase your child’s independence at home and school.
Working Together With Your Family Is Key to a Good Outcome
As parents, you can play an important role in your child’s success. Our pediatric physical therapy staff members work closely with family members to provide the best possible plan of care. Family education and participation are critical.
We might also work with the following professionals to provide the best care for your child:
When you understand your child’s home exercise plan, and know how to carry
over the techniques learned in therapy, your child is more likely to have a better outcome.