TOP 5 PEDIATRIC THERAPY SERVICES

Our Pediatric Physical Therapists (PT) work with children and their families to assist each child in reaching their goals to function independently and to promote active participation in home, school and community environments. We complete comprehensive evaluations and provide individualized treatment for children who have difficulty with gross motor skills.

Your child might need physical therapy to help with developmental delay, a birth defect, chronic illness or an injury. Physical therapy helps develop the muscle strength and joint range of motion children need to move through their environment easily and effectively.


1. DEVELOPMENTAL THERAPY

Developmental Therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on the integration of conceptual skills, motor skills, language skills, and social-emotional skills. It includes a global evaluation and assessment, Individualized Family Service Plan development and individual or group therapy services.

To achieve a comprehensive therapy treatment program Developmental Therapists have to have a close relationship with a child’s family, therapists, and school to create an appropriate treatment plan and to support parents in the developmental process.


Typical Developmental Therapy Services
•       Language and Communication Disorders
•       Daily Functional Limitations
•       Sensory Processing Disorders
•       Balance and Coordination Disorders
•       Gross Motor and Fine Motor Delays


2.  NDT(Neuro-Developmental Therapy)

NDT is a holistic and interdisciplinary clinical practice model informed by current and evolving research that emphasizes individualized therapeutic handling based on movement analysis for habilitation and rehabilitation of individuals with neurological path physiology.

The therapist uses the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) model in a problem-solving approach to assessing activity and participation, thereby to identify and prioritize relevant integrities and impairments as a basis for establishing achievable outcomes with clients and caregivers.


3.  AUTISM
Autism is the most common Autistic spectrum disorder. It is a life-long, non-progressive developmental disorder affecting social and communication skills.

The symptoms and characteristics of autistic spectrum disorder can present themselves in a wide variety of combinations of differences in the development of their thinking, language, behavior, and social skills from mild to severe. It appears before age three and can be diagnosed by 18 months. It is defined by difficulties with social communication and social interaction, restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviors, activities or interests.


4.  ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDERS (ADHD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) refer to a range of problem behaviors associated with poor attention span. These may include inappropriate degrees of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The characteristics appear in early childhood and are a cause of major concern at home and at school.

There are a number of therapy approaches available to use depending on the assessment findings. For children with ADHD and a sensory processing disorder, a combination of sensory integration and cognitive approaches may be used, such as ‘How does your engine run (The Alert Programme for Self-Regulation)’. 


5.  CEREBRAL PALSY
Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood. It is a physical impairment that affects the development of the movement. It is caused by damage to the developing brain before, during or after birth.

Cerebral palsy is usually detected in the first 12 to 18 months of life (except in the mildest forms). Cerebral palsy is characterized by an inability to fully control movement, particularly muscle control and coordination. 


CONCLUSION:

Pediatric physical therapists can increase participation of children and adolescents with disabilities by measuring and promoting meaningful outcomes in the individual, family, and environmental components of the ICF-CY.

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