Pediatric Therapy

 

Simply put, pediatric therapy is therapy for children. There are a number of reasons why children seek physical therapy, but they often result in the same goal: helping kids be kids. Children are supposed to run on the playground, stack play blocks, roll in the mud, jump on trampolines, and throw balls with their siblings. Sometimes, there can be an incident, developmental delay, or another reason in which parents find that their kids aren't doing these things.

 

Good Life Therapy is here to help. We treat a variety of disorders and diagnosis, but we believe that children should never be restricted or treated solely based on their disorder or diagnosis. That's why we complete a full movement evaluation and then treat based on deficits. Often times, when a child has difficulty manipulation objects with their hands, the cause can be  contributed to seated or standing stability. Once the child has developed better core stability strength, they have the ability to feel confident in their ability to use their hands instead of having to worry about staying upright. Difficulty walking, crawling, and rolling can also be contributed to their reliance on mom and dad always carrying them, or their unwillingness to try new things on their own. We always welcome parents to be involved in their children's therapy as we believe that their help at home is imperative to their therapy.

Here are some of the more common diagnosis that we see:

 

Autism

Physical Therapy focuses on any problems with movement that cause functional limitations. Children with autism frequently have challenges with motor skills such as sitting, walking, running or jumping. PT can address poor muscle tone, balance and coordination. Once the child's developmental level and challenges  have been identified, we will design activities that target those areas. Your child's therapy may include assisted movement, various forms of exercise, and help in utilizing orthopedic equipment.

 

Cerebral Palsy

We work to develop a comprehensive plan of treatment that can address limitations in a child’s mobility and play skills. This is achieved through employing exercises that increase physical function, and using adaptive equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes and orthotics to improve performance. The largest benefit of therapy is in treatment of problematic conditions when they occur, including:

Muscle atrophy or tightening

Loss in joint range of motion

Muscle spasticity

Pain in muscles and joints

Joint inflammation

Contractures (muscle rigidity)

As your child’s physical abilities improve, the therapist will modify the equipment, or the overall course of therapy, to further advance a child’s treatment.

 

Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome is s a genetic disorder in which babies are born with an extra copy of chromosome 21. It is often accompanied by a variety of symptoms including:

Vision and hearing problems

Possible misalignment of spinal segments

Low muscle tone

Low motivation

Difficulty learning complex movement tasks

Poor cardiovascular health

Thyroid dysfunction/diabetes

Like all of our pediatric therapy, we work hard to tailor our treatment specifically to what your child needs based on parental reports and our evaluation. Our treatment often involves combating low muscle tone by working on sitting and standing posture, movement pattern learning, and exercise to help promote cardiovascular health.

 

For more specific questions, please don't hesitate to Contact Us. We are here to help!

Eastown Clinic

1331 Lake Dr. SE, Suite 105

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone: 616-248-9842

Fax: 616-248-9848

Centerpoint Clinic

2500 E. Beltline Ave. SE, Suite J

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Phone: 616-855-6588

Fax: 616-248-9848