Does Your Child Need Pediatric Physical Therapy?

Baby in physical therapyDuring the first few years of their lives, children gradually gain the motor skills they need to interact with and explore the world around them. Parents look forward to milestones like kids sitting up on their own and walking.

Sometimes, though, a child might experience difficulties with physical development and motor skills. Problems with physical activities can also occur for different reasons, such as an injury, illness, or disability. Whatever the underlying cause, pediatric physical therapy can help a child who is struggling heal, get stronger, and overall achieve a higher quality of life.

Intervening early is crucial when it comes to addressing physical developmental delays, so it’s important to watch out for common warning signs. If you notice any of the following issues, your child might need to see a pediatric physical therapist, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Signs of Possible Physical Developmental Delays
At these ages, children typically achieve the following milestones. If your child isn’t able to do these activities at the ages listed (or older) or starts doing them and then stops later on, you should consult a medical professional, the AAP advises. Although children develop at different rates, it’s best to talk to a pediatrician about any potential delays in their development.

2 months
-Holding their head up during “tummy time”

4 months
-Holding their head up without support in general and when sitting up
-Pushing up onto elbows during “tummy time”
-Bringing their hands to their mouth
-Reaching for and grabbing toys

6 months
-Rolling over from tummy to back and vice versa
-Grabbing things and bringing them to their mouth
-Sitting up without support

9 months
-Pulling themselves up using a low wall/table/couch to stand

15 months
-Walking on their own

18 months
-Standing up from a sitting position on the floor without pushing up with their hands/arms or using furniture for support

2 years
-Walking steadily (without tripping or falling frequently)
-Running on their own

These are just some of the signs of a possible physical developmental delay. Visit the AAP website for more information.

How Pediatric Physical Therapy Can Help
If your child is injured, has a health condition that affects their motor skills, or has delayed physical development for any reason, pediatric physical therapy can help them function better at home and at school, as well as in other environments.

Physical therapy for kids must involve experts who have received training specifically for working with children’s unique bone and muscle structure. At Little Steps, our specialists use play activities to create a fun and relaxing environment for children to heal and attain developmental milestones. Our pediatric physical therapists are compassionate and have the patience and skill needed to keep kids on track and progressing toward their highest functional level.

Our pediatric physical therapy therapists specialize in a wide range of conditions, from sports injuries to genetic disorders to orthopedic disabilities/injuries, among many others. To learn more about our pediatric physical therapy services, contact us today by calling 847-707-6744 or emailing If your child needs physical therapy, our therapists can help him or her develop physical skills and achieve a higher quality of life.

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4 Responses to Does Your Child Need Pediatric Physical Therapy?

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  2. I find it helpful when you said that families with children who have difficulties developing their motor skills due to an injury, illness, or disability can ask a physical therapist to improve their quality of life. Learning about this convinced me to recommend one to my aunt, who is currently carrying her youngest daughter for 3 months now. With their help, he can suggest exercises for her to do with her child in case she has weaker bones like her mother.

  3. I find it helpful that you said that parents should bring their children to a physical therapy center in case they cannot reach for and grab toys even if they are past four months old. If I were to bring my child to a local facility, I would ask my neighbors for suggestions on which one to send them in. Doing this will help them develop their motor skills early so that they can move easily as they grow up.

  4. Sam Li says:

    I agree with what you said about physical therapy for infants and how it must always involve experts. Physical therapy is a must if your kid gets injured or undergoes surgery. My brother is getting ready to have a baby, so I’ll suggest he find a medical professional in the event that his child gets hurt.

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