Pediatric physical therapists specialize in motor development and the acquisition of functional movement skills. Children are generally referred to physical therapy when they exhibit delays in developmental motor milestones (e.g. rolling or crawling) or deficits in age-appropriate gross motor skills (e.g. walking, running and negotiating stairs) or loss of skill following an insult or injury that affects his or her function. Our physical therapy team, which consists of physical therapists (PT’s) and physical therapy assistants (PTA’s), utilizes many skills interventions and therapeutic activities to improve positioning, strength, range of motion, balance, coordination, and gait. The pediatric physical therapist collaborates with the family to develop and implement an individualized home program to enhance the child’s motor development. Home programming can include positioning during daily routines and activities, adapting toys for play, and facilitating safe movement in the home, school, and community environments.
The physical therapists at CEPT will provide evaluation, intervention, and consultation in the following areas:
- Gross motor development
- Strengthening and endurance
- Posture and body alignment
- Balance and coordination
- Movement and mobility
- Pre-gait and gait training
- Neurologic and/or musculoskeletal conditions
- Orthotic and/or equipment fit and management
- Torticollis and plagiocephaly
Why Cutting Edge for PT?
When it comes to moving, Cutting Edge has all of the opportunities your child needs! Our facility has been designed with equipment for children of all ages. Physical Therapists creatively utilize various sensory integration swings, therapy balls, and rock walls; as well as Cutting Edge’s gated, outdoor playground which is complete with climbing structure and bike paths. Peer modeling, taking turns, and playing alongside of others happens naturally as kids participate in therapies in our open gyms.
Our Physical Therapists also have the option of using our state-of-the-art, in-ground therapy pool! The pool offers an underwater treadmill as well as resistance jets, which can be incorporated into the therapeutic treatment. (Learn more about our aquatic therapy)
Kids attending PT at Cutting Edge will have the opportunity to work with a collaborative team of therapists! While they will be assigned to a primary PT, they will have the option of working with a variety of therapists through our “Flexibility Model”. This, in addition to our open collaboration between disciplines (OT, PT, ST, ABA, and Counseling) and with the family, provides stronger outcomes for your child.
What is Torticollis and what does it mean for your baby?
Positional torticollis occurs when the muscles in baby’s neck become stiff or tight, which causes baby’s head to tilt to one side. These muscles run on both sides of the neck and can affect the muscles along the whole spine. Because this can cause the baby to keep their head in one direction it can also lead to Positional Plagiocephaly or “flat head”.