Physical Therapy is a recognized healthcare profession dedicated to helping infants, children, and adults become more independent with daily living skills. Physical Therapists assist children and adults improve or restore motor and mobility skills. For children, this may mean improved play skills or improved balance and coordination skills to join their peers.

Young boy on trike in hallway

The Physical Therapist may recommend mobility devices to promote a student’s level of independence and improve their quality of life.

The Physical Therapist evaluates the student’s ability to perform gross motor skills (such as sitting, walking, running), postural assessment, muscle strength, joint range of motion (flexibility), balance, and coordination. Physical Therapy treatment typically includes hands-on therapeutic intervention to promote or restore motor skills, improve strength, movement, balance, and coordination.