Virtual Physical Therapy

Pediatric physical therapy helps children build strength and increase range of motion, endurance, and coordination. Physical therapy can benefit children with developmental delays, birth defects, or illness. It provides the extra help some children need to achieve milestones such as walking, running, and jumping, or to develop other gross motor skills.

Physical therapists at The Therapy Spot of Baltimore are Maryland Board certified and are here to help your child succeed. Our therapists will create a specialized treatment plan for each child to ensure optimal gains.

Your child may be in need of physical therapy if:

  • He or she is showing signs of delayed milestones including: rolling, sitting, crawling, or walking.
  • He or she fatigues easily or shows poor postural control.
  • He or she has had a recent injury or surgery that has restricted strength, mobility or range of motion.
  • He or she has difficulty keeping up with peers on the playground or while playing team sports.

Physical Therapists treat children of all ages with varied conditions including:
  • Apraxia
  • Autism
  • Birth defects
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Cerebal Palsy
  • Developmental delays
  • Genetic disorders
  • Head injuries
  • Hypotonia/ low muscle tone
  • Joint stiffness
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Orthopedic disabilities or injuries
  • Spina Bifida
  • Sports injuries
  • Toe walking
  • Torticollis
  • Vestibular Dysfunction

Developmental Delay: What is it?

Developmental delay or delayed gross motor skills is when your child is not appropriately achieving their gross motor milestones; such as rolling, sitting, crawling, pulling to stand, cruising, or walking. Usually the parent or caregiver is the first to notice that their child is not progressing at the same rate as other children of their age. Trust your judgement! If you are concerned about your child’s development, do not hesitate to bring up your concerns with your child’s pediatrician.

What do we do?

We, as Pediatric Physical Therapists, specialize in the movement of children and child development. We work with children and their families to improve their child’s ability to perform age appropriate skills by strengthening, stretching, exercises, motor planning, and movement training. We perform these things through the use of play in order to make it fun and motivating for your child to learn a new skill.

Below is a chart (list) below to help you determine whether or not your child is meeting their age appropriate gross motor skills.

Birth-2 months

 Raises head slightly off floor when on stomach

· Holds head up momentarily when held at shoulder with back supported

· When lying on back, alternates kicking legs and arms thrust in play

· Able to roll from side to back

3-5 months

 Lifts head and chest when on stomach and props on forearms

· Improved head control with some head bobbing

· Rolls from back to side

· Sits briefly with hands placed on support surface

· Reaching/batting at objects

· Brings hands to midline

6-8 months

Brings feet to mouth or grabs feet with hands

· Reaches for object while on stomach

· Pivots on stomach

· Pulls self forward on stomach (belly crawl)

· Rolls back to stomach

· Sits alone briefly without arm support

· Transitions from sitting to stomach

· Stands with support

· Gets onto hands and knees

9-11 months

Sits independently with trunk rotation

· Pivots and/or scoots in sitting

· Creeps or crawls

· Pulls to stand at support surface

· Cruising along furniture

· Stands alone briefly

12-15 months

 Gets into tall kneeling

· Walks on knees

· Transitions to stand from floor

· Stands without support

· Walks independently

· Crawls up the stairs

· Climbs on chairs/furniture

16-18 months

Crawling backwards down stairs

· Walks up one step at a time with hand held or railing

· Walks with heel-toe gait pattern and rarely falls

· Able to take steps sideways and backwards

· Runs stiffly

· Able to progress riding toy forward

· Kicks ball after visual demonstration

19-24 months

Walks down 1 step at a time with 1 hand held or handrail support

· Walks on balance beam with 1 foot on and 1 foot off

· Jumps in place

2-3 years

 Briefly stands on 1 foot

· Runs with fair form

· Jumps forward

· Jumps down from 1 step

· Negotiates playground equipment (slides, ladders, etc)

· Throws ball overhead

· Walks up and down stairs without support

· Catches playground sized ball

3-4 years

Negotiates a tricycle

· Gallops

· Throws ball overhand and underhand at least 7ft

4-5 years

 Hops on 1 foot 2-3x

· Throws ball overhand and underhand at least 10ft

· Kicks a rolling ball

· Catches a large and small ball

5-6 years

Rides a bike with or without training wheels

· Stands on one foot for at least 10 seconds

· Skips

· Hops on 1 foot at least 10 times

· Swings on a swing—pumping self

What is pediatric orthopedic physical therapy?

Orthopedic physical therapy is the study and practice of correcting functional impairments of the musculoskeletal system. This includes the body’s bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves. Physical therapists who specialize in this discipline provide services that help to restore function, improve mobility, and relieve pain while promoting overall health and fitness.

Pediatric orthopedic physical therapy extends this discipline to the developmental care of children by taking into account their future growth. Since childrens’ bones, muscles, and joints require special care, damage can occur if they are not diagnosed or treated correctly. Therapy Spot physical therapists will work to identify and treat a large variety of orthopedic problems and injuries. Pediatric orthopedic physical therapy works to help children recover as quickly as possible in order for them to return to their normal daily activities.

Common Pediatric Orthopedic Conditions That We Treat:

  • Arthroryposis
  • Bone Fractures
  • Gait Abnormalities (Idiopathic Toe-Walking, Cerebral Palsy)
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Movement Disorders (Autism and intellectual disability)
  • Muscle Strains and Muscular Disorders (Muscle imbalances)
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
  • Postural Alignment
  • Scoliosis
  • Sports-related Injuries (Knee pain, back pain, shoulder instability)
  • Surgical Rehab (Osteochondroma, meniscal and ligamentous repairs, derotational osteotomy, hip dysplasia).

Virtual Physical therapy is similar to therapy delivered in in-person. Our team makes it easy for both the students and the school to get started. Our clinicians will focus on improving the students fine motor and gross motor skills.

Our therapists will maintain the appropriate licensing and credentials needed to service k-12 students of your school. Connected Teletherapy therapists utilize their skills and experience to help engage children in therapeutic activities.

ConnectEd Teletherapy is the right fit for your school district. We will work with your budget and deliver top quality virtual therapy services and supreme customer service! Our services mean increased compliance which equals less stress for you!

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