During our 60-minute evaluation, a physical therapist or occupational therapist will review the child’s health history with the parents, and they will complete an evaluation of the child’s strength, flexibility and range of motion to help determine the cause of the delayed milestones. The therapist will speak with the parents to discuss areas of particular concern.
After a review of the child’s mobility in a variety of positions and activities, the therapist will work with the family to develop a plan for therapy and frequency, if therapy is indeed recommended. The therapist will work with the family to set short-term and long-term goals.
Family members are encouraged to attend the therapy sessions so that they can learn the techniques. Therapists use the treatment sessions as coaching sessions for the parents because “practicing” the therapeutic techniques at home often helps children more than individual therapy sessions. Therapists will also work with families to determine what activities are realistic for them to use at home and can be easily worked into regular playtime.
After each visit, our therapists will complete an evaluation to assess where progress has been made, and where improvement is still needed. With parental permission, therapists are also happy to contact a child’s school to see if there are any other areas of improvement needed.