Pediatric Physical Therapy, Missoula
What is Pediatric Physical Therapy?
Pediatric physical therapists work with children and their families to help each child achieve and maintain mobility and quality of life by maximizing his or her potential to function independently.
As primary care providers, physical therapists work with each family to promote active participation at home, school and in the community. This includes implementing a wide variety of supports from infancy through adolescence in collaboration with families and other medical, educational, developmental and rehabilitation specialists.
The following services are often part of the plan of care provided by physical therapists who work with children:
- Developmental activities
- Movement and mobility
- Motor learning
- Balance and coordination
- Recreation, play and leisure
- Adaptation of daily care activities and routines
- Equipment design, fabrication, and fitting
- Tone management
- Use of assistive technology
- Posture, positioning, and lifting
- Orthotics and prosthetics
- Cardiopulmonary endurance
- Safety, health promotion, and prevention programs