Do you have a child that wiggles, slumps, or just can’t sit properly in a chair at school or home?
Does your child frequently fall or seem clumsy or uncoordinated?
Does your child tire easily while playing, or have difficulty keeping up with peers his/her age?
If so, your child may have gross motor delays or delays with sensory processing which may be inhibiting him or her from performing many age appropriate gross motor activities. Pediatric physical therapy addresses strength, balance, coordination, endurance, and sensory integration for children with special needs.
Diagnoses commonly treated include: developmental delay, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, neurological disorders, hypotonia, and genetic disorders.
Pediatric physical therapy can help strengthen trunk muscles for sitting extended periods of time. Stronger trunk muscles will assist your child with fine motor activities such as handwriting, drawing, or coloring as well as possibly increase their attention to task in school or at home. A strong trunk can also enable your child to breathe, communicate, and use their extremities more effectively.
Physical therapy can also help strengthen upper and lower extremities to assist with age appropriate activities such as running, jumping, and ascending and descending stairs safely.
Physical therapy rehabilitation services are also beneficial for children who have experienced accidents, illnesses, or injuries that inhibit their motor activities.
Gross-Motor Developmental Milestones
The following list of gross motor developmental milestones is based on an average, typically developing child. Please note that these milestones may not apply to every child.
- Rolls from tummy to back: 4-5 months
- Rolls back to tummy: 5-6 months
- Sitting independently: 7 months
- Creeps (Crawling): 8 months
- Cruises on furniture: 11 months
- Walks independently: 12-13 months
- Runs and jumps: 24 months
If you believe your child may benefit from physical therapy, please contact us for a free consultation.