What is Physical Therapy & how will a Brighton Physical Therapist Work With My Child?
Brighton Center licensed Physical Therapists (PTs) will work with your child on movement, motor development, and body function (eg, strength, coordination). Physical therapy (PT) begins with an evaluation to determine areas of need and/or concerns through conversation with the family as well as by examination and evaluation of body structure/function (eg, muscle and joint function, sensory and neuromotor performance, posture), ability to perform specific activities (eg, balance and mobility), participation in various relevant and meaningful activities (eg, play with family and/or peers, participate in childhood games) and needs for assistive devices (eg, adaptive toys and/or equipment).
Because children learn through play, interventions are embedded within play activities to optimize motivation, meaningful participation and joy. Assistive devices and/or toy and equipment adaptations/modifications may be considered to optimize the child’s movement and ability to participate in desired play or other desired activities.
Of utmost importance is the collaborative relationship between the PT and parent(s)/caregiver(s) to facilitate child- and family-centered care. Visits are typically scheduled for 30 minutes. During that time, activities are planned jointly based on parent-identified needs/priorities and target outcomes.