Alta Pediatrics is a highly-rated pediatric physical therapy clinic located in Scotch Plains, NJ. We specialize in treating children from 0-21, including babies, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, and teenagers. Our expert staff brings years of experience in treating children for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays, Strengthening, Motor Skills, Posture and Positioning, Balance and Coordination.
Gross motor skills entail whole-body movement, using the large muscles in the torso, arms and legs. Gross motor skills include walking, playing sports, and sitting up at a desk. Core strength is essential in both gross and fine motor skills.
COORDINATION & BALANCE
Coordination is essential for fluid and automatic movement and is required between our right and left sides, upper and lower extremities, and eyes and hands. Balance depends on numerous body systems including the vestibular (inner ear) and proprioceptive systems, eyes, musculoskeletal, and cognition. Balance is necessary for sitting and standing upright, crawling, riding a bike, and most of our everyday activities.
GAIT AND MOBILITY
Gait training helps to improve walking difficulties from toe walking, developmental delays, brain injuries, or other orthopedic injries. Functional mobility is the ability to navigate the environment and includes use of assistive technology such as walkers and wheelchairs, bed mobility, sit to stand, and transfers.
Plagiocephaly is a condition that causes the head to have a flattened appearance. This occurs in infancy because the infants skull is softer. It can occur due to repetitive pressure on one area of the skull. Plagiocephaly can be treated with exercises, varied positioning, and wearing corrective devices.
Infant torticollis presents as the head tilted in one direction, prefer looking in one direction only and do not often turn their head, and may have difficulty breastfeeding on one side. This occurs when there is stiffness in the neck, particularly the Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle. Pediatric PT's typically treat torticollis with exercises.
SPORTS RELATED INJURIES
Many kids today play a sport or multiple sports. Sports schedules are becoming more demanding and the risk for injuries increasing. Sports injuries include fractures, concussion, overuse injuries, sprains, strains, and stress fractures. Pediatric PT's understand appropriate development, rehabilitation, and return to play protocols for these sports related injuries in kiddos.
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Pediatric physical therapy is PT that addresses kiddos. Typically, kiddos are seen for developmental conditions and the approach is considered habilitative, which is the development of skills and function that they otherwise would have had a difficult time or been unable to develop without services. Pediatric PT's also addresses sports-related injuries, which are considered rehabilitative. In addition to sports-related rehabilitative, pediatric PT's work with infants and kiddos with torticollis and plagiocephaly, birth related injuries, developmental delays, traumatic or aquired brain injuries, gross motor skills, balance and coordination, gait/ambulation, and functional mobility to navigate the environment effectively.
How can pediatric physical therapists help ?
Pediatric physical therapists address kiddos development. They evaluate and assess whether a child is at a developmentally appropriate level in all areas. If there are any developmental delays or deficits, the PT will plan and implement interventions to address family and child focused goals to ensure they continue to progress in their development and can perform all of the tasks, skills, and activities required throughout their lives. If you child has any difficulties with walking, mobility, balance, coordination, or a sport-related injury, pediatric physical therapy can help.
Does my child need pediatric physical therapy?
If you are asking this question, it is best to get an informal screening or initial evaluation for your child to determine a formal need for physical therapy. If you feel your child is missing or slower in meeting developmental milestones, having difficulties with their day to day lives, then physical therapy can help address these concerns. There are many underlying reasons a child has difficulty with reaching developmental milestones and a physical therapist can help assess these areas and provide interventions to improve function and overall development.
How does physical therapy help autism?
Those who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach, often receiving services from occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and applied behavior analysis. It is important for these service providers to coordinate treatment plans and goals and provide an interdisciplinary approach to ensure the best treatment outcomes and goal attainment. Physical therapy, in particular, helps those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder with functional mobility in the environment, gait, improving core strength and gross motor skills, and improving coordination and balance. Physical therapists work with both those with an ASD diagnosis and their parents or families to determine goals, provide strategies or activities to continue at home, and communicate with other service providers to ensure goal alignment.
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