Physical Therapy

The American Physical Therapy Association describes physical therapists as experts in "the science of healing and the art of caring." Licensed pediatric physical therapists help children to reach their maximum potential for functional independence, play and recreational activities through examination, evaluation, consultation, and intervention.
At the Institute for Child Development, our physical therapists provide professional care in a safe and fun clinical setting. ICD’s physical therapists are specifically trained in pediatrics to provide evaluation and therapeutic services for children of all ages with problems with gross motor (large muscle) development due to orthopedic, developmental, and/or neurological disorders. Your child will have access to a variety of therapeutic equipment to help him/her achieve his/her goals and address your concerns. Our physical therapists collaborate with other medical, educational, developmental, and rehabilitation specialists to provide the best supports for your child.
Our physical therapists provide the following services:
  • Exercise programs for strengthening, range of motion, balance, and coordination
  • Functional mobility skill training, including walking and using assistive devices
  • Postural training
  • Pain reduction
  • Ongoing family education through home exercise programs
  • Orthotic consultation
  • Consultation and evaluation services for schools
  • Adaptive equipment consultation
  • Yoga and/or therapeutic exercise groups for children 5 and up
Our physical therapy services help children of all ages to:
  • Improve weakness, function and mobility deficits due to orthopedic, neurological, oncologic, or blood disorders, such as: torticollis and/or plagiocephaly, positional foot deformities, poor posture and balance, low/high muscle tone, weakness, brachial plexus injury, seizure disorders, bone and joint injuries, prematurity, cerebral palsy (hemiplegia, diplegia and quadriplegia), Down syndrome and other chromosomal disorders.
  • Achieve motor milestones, such as holding head upright, rolling, sitting up, moving in and out of positions, standing and walking with good balance and control;
  • Reduce pain, Improve mobility and functional motor skills due to disorders such as complex regional pain syndrome (RSD), rheumatologic conditions, and other bone and joint injuries.
  • Improve overall coordination and balance necessary for higher level motor skills such as running, jumping, hopping, stair climbing, ball skills, etc.
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