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Pediatric Physical Therapy

Through a comprehensive and customized treatment plan that is uniquely tailored for each child, our highly skilled Pediatric Physical Therapists provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, and prevent and limit permanent physical disabilities. Pediatric physical therapists (PT’s) work with children and their families to assist each child in reaching their maximum potential to function independently and to promote active participation in home, school, and community environments. Physical therapists use their expertise in movement and apply clinical reasoning through the process of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention. As primary health care providers, PTs also promote health and wellness as they implement a wide variety of supports for children from infancy through adolescence in collaboration with their families and other medical, educational, developmental, and rehabilitation specialists. – ABC’s of Pediatric Physical Therapy, Section on Pediatrics, APTA

For children, play is crucial for their development.. They need this play in order to grow and develop and we will make sure that they have the skills and direction in order to maximize the benefits and continue to work toward independence. By creating a customized treatment plan specific to each child, our therapists are able to create engaging and fun activities that keep the children interested while also working toward important milestones in their development. From increasing strength in a particular area to fostering the brain’s development of neural pathways, the therapists monitor and direct the “play” in order to ensure that the primary goal is always the focus.

Thank you BPHT! Our son has been receiving physical therapy at BPHT for just 2 years. In that time his balance and coordination have improved as has his strength and self-confidence. I appreciate the therapists that have worked with him over this time; they are caring, patient and kind. Most importantly they make the hard work fun! Meg has worked with Nick most and we enjoy her smile and positive attitude. Thanks Meg!

– Lisa Nielsen, parent of Nick Nielsen

Claren is increasing her ability to be more independent – no more helping her with her coat or seatbelt, and she asks to go to the climbing gym! PT has helped her with strength, motor skills and more. Thank you!

– Brandelza Bergstedt, parent of Claren Bergstedt

What Is A Social Story™

There are four key parts in creating a positive and effective Social StoryTM. Try following the steps and create your own Social StoryTM geared towards your child and their specific situations.

 

  1. Descriptive Sentence, Describe the situation in a neutral, fact based way.
  2. Perspective Sentence, Statements that describe other people’s thoughts or feelings about the situation.
  3. Directive Sentence, Gives suggested responses or  choices of responses that would be appropriate, e.g., “I can ask my friends to play.” or, “I will try to stay in my chair.”
  4. Affirmative Sentence, These might state a rule or reassure the child, e.g., “One child slides down at a time. This is safe and okay.” Sentences might also express shared values, e.g., “It’s good to play fair when playing games.”
  • Having trouble throwing, catching, or kicking balls
  • Falling more often than their peers
  • Getting tired more quickly than their peers
  • Having trouble with running, jumping, or climbing on the playground
  • Seeming clumsy or uncoordinated compared to their peers
  • Having a lack of interest in physical activity, sports, and playing on the playground
  • Poor safety awareness
  • For infants – having difficulty lifting or turning head

If any of these describes a characteristic of your child or you are concerned about one or more symptoms, then a physical therapy evaluation might be appropriate.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Injuries
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Developmental Delays
  • Down Syndrome
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Gross Motor
  • Idiopathic Toe Walking
  • Infant Developmental Motor Delays
  • Lower Extremity Amputation
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Orthopedic Conditions
  • Torticollis
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Gross Motor Strengthening/Endurance
  • Home Therapy Activities
  • Infant Positioning
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment
  • Orthotic and Brace Prescription
  • Parent/Caregiver Education
  • Sensory Integration
  • Serial Casting
  • Teacher Collaboration