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Parents in Orange County place their trust in our Pediatric Physical Therapists. Physical Therapy Specialists employs highly trained pediatric therapists with over 35 years of combined experience. Our therapists provide consultations, evaluations, and direct one-on-one therapy to all our patients. We make therapy fun for children and offer assurance and education to parents and caregivers. We work closely with pediatricians and physicians to help in our communication and understanding for increased efficiency and results. Our ultimate goal is to optimize mobility so your children can safely participate in their home, community and school activities. In short, we help kids get back to being kids.
Pediatric Physical Therapy for kids, infants, toddlers and children.
Pediatric physical therapy is the practice of evaluating and treating infants, toddlers, and children to improve their alignment and mobility. Pediatric physical therapy encompasses some of the basic components of adult physical therapy, however, pediatric therapy has some unique applications that should only be completed by a specially trained pediatric physical therapist.
One of the primary differences lies in the fact that infants, toddlers, and children are still growing. For example, growth plates are open and injuries in the pediatric population differ from adults. Another major difference from conventional adult PT, is that pediatric physical therapy deals with the specific developmental phases of the infant, toddler, or child. Primary means of mobility and the specific muscle groups used, change in infants and toddlers from month to month according to the specified age group. An infant who is crawling is using different muscles than another who has already taken their first steps.
How they convey their problems and how we respond to them is also something depends on their specific age and stage of development. That’s why our therapists receive specialized training in reflexes and age-specific neurological reactions. It is important that we facilitate movement with children who may be unable to follow verbal commands and/or have difficulty picking up motor cues.
Pediatric physical therapy utilizes pediatric specified exercise, positioning, balance training, stretching, movement facilitation, transfer training, gait training, sensory integration, an at home program, and parent education in order to work to improve functional mobility. It’s important to us that we deliver this treatment through age-specific play and developmentally appropriate equipment and toys to improve mobility.
Infants, toddlers, and children from age 0-18 years of age.
My almost 4-year-old daughter Kennedy has been seeing both Krista and Kim for therapy since the clinic opened. Her disease severely limits her physical abilities, but both therapists are constantly coming up with new exercises for her. Under their care, she has thrived. Despite the degenerative nature of her disease, she is actually stronger now in many areas. I would recommend Kim and Krista to anyone for their child’s physical therapy needs. – J.S (mother of a 4 y/o daughter with SMA)