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Physical Therapy

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy are therapeutic interventions aimed at maximizing a child’s ability to participate in daily activities in school and at home. The goal specific outcomes of Physical Therapy promote independence and age-appropriate gross motor development, improve strength and flexibility, enhance learning opportunities, and facilitate the learning of self-help and self-care responsibilities.

Physical Therapy

Who are The Children’s Center at UCP Physical Therapists?

The Physical Therapy staff at the center bring with them over 100 years of combined experience in Physical Therapy. Children with gross motor delays benefit from the staff’s compassion, dedication, and clinical expertise with a wide variety of diagnoses, including, but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Spina Bifida, and ADD/ADHD. Each therapist is licensed by New York State and participates in ongoing continuing education to further advance their knowledge and skills.

Common Issues Addressed by Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Orthopedic impairments: Therapists address range of motion limitations, bony asymmetries, bony abnormalities, posture issues, alignment issues, strength deficits, as well as bracing needs and equipment needs.

Neuromotor concerns: Therapists address a wide range of issues such as abnormal tone, motor control deficits, neuromotor developmental delays, balance deficits and coordination deficits, protective and righting responses, quality of motor behavior/movement, and motor planning.

Sensory issues: Therapists address deficits affecting the tactile (touch), proprioceptive (body/spatial awareness), and vestibular (movement) systems to improve children’s abilities to sense and appropriately respond to their environment.