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What is Pediatric PT?

Physical therapy is a means of developing, restoring and improving mobility in order to improve quality of life.

Pediatric physical therapists (PTs) provide support and services for children with developmental disabilities and their families.

Pediatric PTs:
  • assist children in reaching their maximum potential so they can function independently, and promote active participation in home, school, and community environments
  • use their expertise in movement and apply clinical reasoning through the process of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention
  • promote independence
  • increase participation in everyday routines
  • facilitate motor development and mobility
  • improve strength and endurance
  • enhance learning opportunities
  • ease challenges with daily caregiving
As primary health care providers, PTs also promote health and wellness; they implement a wide variety of supports for patients, in collaboration with families and other medical, educational, developmental, and rehabilitation specialists.