Improving Gross Motor Skills and Mobility in Children
Physical therapy focuses on helping patients with various injuries and disabilities by addressing mobility and stability issues. Patients who have suffered from an injury, are recovering from surgery, or have congenital conditions may have limited windows of movement and coordination.
Physical Therapists use an array of methods to build strength, develop movement and range of motion, and improve independence needed to complete daily activities.
Our State Licensed and Master’s trained therapists provide therapy and treatment for developmental delays with gross motor skills, range of motion, balance, and coordination due to a variety of diagnoses, including Down syndrome, torticollis, Autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, neurological disorders and others.
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When Is Physical Therapy Necessary?
Physical therapy can help when a problem threatens to limit a patient’s mobility, stability, balance, or participation in daily activities.
Every patient is different, and as such, every patient’s therapy is individualized to meet their needs.
At Atlantic Speech Therapy, our licensed physical therapists work with each individual, their family, and their environment to improve and restore their ability to physically participate in meaningful activities. The frequency and length of sessions are determined case by case to ensure each patient receives the specific care that will provide the best treatment.
Who Can Benefit From Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy presents many benefits for both children and adults. Some examples of patients that may benefit from Physical therapy include those with …
- Mobility Issues Related to Autism
- Cerebral Palsy
- Down Syndrome
- Birth Defects
- Muscle Diseases
- Acute Trauma
- Developmental Delays
- Orthopedic Injuries
- Musculoskeletal Disorders
How Is Physical Therapy Different From Occupational Therapy?
Physical therapy and occupational therapy overlap in some areas, but key differences separate their purpose and usage.
Physical therapy is focused on addressing mobility and stability issues. These include gross motor skills such as crawling, walking, running, grasping, and balancing.
Occupational therapy focuses on improving a patient’s ability to perform basic activities and social-emotional self-care related to daily living. These include playing, learning, interacting with others, communicating wants and needs, and self-care habits.
The best way to determine which therapeutic service would benefit your child is to speak with a licensed professional who can evaluate them.