Physical Therapy: Who’s it for?
Bloom Pediatric Therapy is ready to help children and their families face a wide range of challenges, including:
- Burns, Spinal Cord Injuries, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Orthopedic Injuries, Amputations
- Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Hemophilia, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Cancer, Brain Tumors, Seizure Disorders
- Chronic Pain, Developmental Delay
- Strengthening/Improving Range of Motion
- Balance and Coordination
Physical Therapy: What’s it like?
Of course, every child’s physical therapy experience will be different, but plans will share some similarities. Outpatient therapy sessions can occur as often as three times each week to as little as once as once a month. Your child’s plan depends on what is going to help him or her achieve the highest degree of success.
While therapy sessions will be rigorous, the activities and exercises are designed to be as kid-friendly as possible. Games and engaging physical exercises are combined with encouragement and even laughter to make each session something to look forward to.
Therapy is only part of the plan. A Bloom Pediatric Therapy plan will include family activities to continue the care at home. These activities let your child experience success in an everyday life setting. It also encourages family involvement in providing opportunities to help your child overcome the obstacles he or she is facing.
Your Bloom pediatric therapist is a part of a larger team of healthcare experts. Together with physicians, nurses, physiatrists, recreational therapists, music therapists, social workers, school therapists, and audiologists, we are all working together to maximize results.
Physical Therapy: How does it work?
The Bloom Pediatric Therapy plan begins with a thorough assessment of your child and the challenges he or she is facing. During the process, we may talk to parents, caregivers, siblings, and possibly educators and counselors. Our assessment may include questions about:
- How your child functions at home
- Your child’s personal goals and dreams
- Your goals and dreams for your child
- How well your child sleeps at night
- Where your child likes to spend the most time
- The physical layout of your home
Besides simply asking questions, we will assess your child’s physical strengths and weaknesses to determine what treatment plan will help your child achieve optimal results. These measurements include:
- Range of Motion
- Muscle Strength & Tone
- Developmental Skills
- Mobility & Gait Skills
Once we finish our assessment, we develop a treatment plan that defines unique goals for your child based on his or her personal goals and everyday lifestyle. If the plan includes wheelchairs, home equipment, referrals to community resources, or any other special resources, we will coordinate with our list of trusted providers to help in any way we can.