Physical Therapy

Is Physical Therapy Right For Your Child?

Common reasons why parents will consider pediatric PT:

  • My child fatigues quickly and has trouble keeping up with his/her peers.

  • My child is not meeting his/her gross motor milestones (crawling, walking, running, jumping, etc).

  • My child isn't able to walk without falling or has difficulty with balance.

  • My child demonstrates signs of muscular weakness.

  • My child suffered from a sports injury.

What Do Pediatric Physical Therapists Do?

Your physical therapist will provide a full assessment of your child's physical abilities by testing attributes such as strength, range of motion, posture, and balance. Our team is skilled in working with children that have been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down Syndrome, Cardio-Pulmonary Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthrogryposis, and more. Play and family involvement are often incorporated into physical activity, as children don't often understand why they are in therapy. Our team prioritizes fun and motivational factors to make therapy enjoyable for the child. In addition to sessions in the clinic, your physical therapist will also recommend and train you on how to use certain orthotics, prosthetics, adaptive equipment, and custom wheelchair systems. You'll also be provided with family support including service coordination, advocacy, and assistance with furthering development.

Common Physical Milestones For Children

Birth to One Year​

  • Able to sit alone, without support

  • Pulls self to standing position

  • Rolls over by self

  • Walks while holding on to furniture or other support

One to Three Years

  • Able to skip

  • Balances better, may begin to ride a bicycle

  • Catches a bounced ball

  • Hops on one foot

  • Rides tricycle well

Three to Six Years

  • Begins gaining skills for team sports such as soccer, T-ball, or other team sports

PediPlay is a pediatric therapy clinic in Indianapolis, IN that offers outpatient and early intervention services specializing in feeding, motor, language, developmental, social, and sensory challenges.

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