The first year of life sets the foundation for later motor development. Acquisition of appropriate motor skills and muscle development is a major component for continued motor growth. If a child is at risk for delayed motor development, intervention must be started as early as possible to promote optimal outcomes and prevent secondary consequences.
Although development is unique to each individual child, pediatric physical therapists must study normal development extensively to be able to predict an expected range of motor acquisition.
Generally a baby should develop head and midline control by 3 months of age, sit by 6 months, pull to stand and cruise by 10-12 months, and walk between 12-15 months. By 2 years they should be able to jump and begin to ride a tricycle. Their balance and motor skills develop through 6 years of age to allow them to build on their motor foundation.
Pediatric physical therapists promote the maximum attainment of movement and function. They do so by addressing movement patterns and quality of movement. Treatment involves direct handling and input to provide optimal management for children to utilize their movement. It is essential that the trained therapist know appropriate development of the child’s motor skills.
Regardless of the cause of delayed development, the pediatric therapist is challenged to enhance each child’s maximum potential. The therapist works closely with the family and other team members to promote optimal progress of each individual.
In addition to providing treatment for individuals with delayed development from birth through young adult, our office is able to provide treatment for childhood and athletic injuries.
Evaluation/consultation of: Neck Range of Motion (ROM)