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Tummy Time

Tummy time is a strengthening activity that begins with placing your baby on their stomach to play during wakeful times.  This activity puts babies in position to practice lifting their bodies and heads and to begin controlling their movements.

FAQ: What makes a Pediatric Physical Therapist different from another Physical Therapist?

Because a Pediatric Physical Therapist specializes in children, there are significant differences in the approach to care.  Children require specialized care, care a pediatric therapist is trained to deliver.  Most adults who work with Physical Therapists understand that their recovery is a process that may involve some discomfort and patience to achieve the desired outcome.  Children need different motivators to encourage a positive outcome.  Pediatric therapy involves fun and playful therapeutic interventions and activities to allow children to maximize their functional independence within their environment.  A skilled Pediatric Physical Therapist will also work with parents and guardians to help them assist their child through the recovery and encourage a positive environment for all parties involved.

FAQ: Can I bring my child into physical therapy or do I need to see my doctor first?

Most of the time, you can bring your child directly to therapy for evaluation if you have concerns for your child’s range of motion, strength, developmental milestones, neurological condition, balance/coordination deficits, or sports injury. We are more than happy to offer a consultation and verify your benefits.  Some insurance plans will require a physician’s prescription before authorizing reimbursement.  We can help you expedite this process so that your child’s medical care is not delayed.

Identifying Child Developmental Delays

Child developmental delays are not always easy to spot.

It is important to remember that each child is unique and may develop skills differently than their peers. However, there are some signs to look for if you’re concerned about your child’s gross motor skill development:

  • Your baby is not tolerating tummy time or has difficulty lifting his/her head
  • You notice your baby is developing a preference to use only one side of their body (for example: they only reach with one hand or only roll over one side)
  • Your baby has a preference to rotate his or her neck to one side and you may notice a flattening on one part of the skull
  • Your baby has difficulty progressing through typical gross motor skills such as reaching, rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, or transitioning in and out of positions
  • Your baby lacks interest in transitioning to different positions
  • Concerns for foot or ankle positioning once baby pulls to stand
  • Any excessive tripping or catching of toes while walking

A Pediatric Physical Therapist can evaluate your child’s range of motion, strength, alignment, tone, walking pattern and balance skills to determine if physical therapy sessions may be necessary to assist your child in reaching his or her functional potential.  It is essential to seek early therapeutic intervention for the best outcome. Don’t wait to see if things will improve, let an experienced Pediatric Physical Therapist help!