Does My Child Need Physical Therapy?

Does my child need physical therapy?

One question we often get is, “Does my child need physical therapy?”

 

Sometimes it’s obvious that your child could benefit from physical therapy. Sometimes when you teach a child a new skill such as walking, running, jumping, it can be obvious that the child is struggling. 

 

Does Your Child Have Trouble Sitting Still?

 

But often a child has already developed a basic skill, but they haven’t learned how to refine it. For instance, when we see a kiddo who is constantly running and jumping and spinning all over the place, and who just can’t sit still, that shows that they have a lack of control. (We call these kids “runners.”) We typically see difficulties with these kids when they have to sit still and learn a new task because they haven’t developed the refined skill of control. When they’re jumping and spinning and purposefully falling, that tells us they’re having a problem with midrange control. 

 

How We Help Kids Refine Their Skills

 

When we get to work with kids who already have a basic skill, we love it! We love it because we get to play a lot of games and use a lot of our tools to teach how to really control and refine a movement. As we get older we’re all required to refine our movement patterns and learn a lot of higher-level skills. Learning higher-level gross motor coordination translates really well into learning higher-level skills in speech therapy, and in occupational therapy. 

We always recommend physical therapy even if a child has a basic skill, so they can learn to refine it. 

If you have any questions about physical therapy, we’d love to answer them!

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