Physical Therapy

What is Physical Therapy (PT)?

Physical Therapists help to increase a child’s mobility, range of motion, strength, endurance, postural support and balance, so that they are better able to play and move at home, in their schools, and throughout the community.  Our physical therapists specialize in the early developmental continuum for children to ensure they are rolling, sitting, crawling, and walking at times that are age appropriate. Pediatric Physical Therapists also teach children and their families about safety and home exercises, as improving physical function often requires daily practice.  

Our experienced therapists at Coastal utilize play based interventions while working with children of all medical and developmental diagnoses, to include: Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Seizure Disorder, Down syndrome, Autism, ADD/ADHD, Premature Birth, Developmental Delays, Torticollis, and other genetic disorders. Before treatment is initiated, each child is evaluated using a standardized assessment to help determine areas of strength and need.  The therapists then work directly with caregivers to establish goals and a plan of care for ongoing treatment.  The team at Coastal emphasizes collaborative and comprehensive care that incorporates family involvement in the child’s care, as well as provision of skilled consultation with the child’s medical and academic team members.

Our therapists specialize in the treatment of:
  • Adaptive Equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, standers, etc.)
  • Balance Training
  • Bilateral Coordination Skills
  • Gait Training
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Muscle Tone & Postural Control
  • Myofascial Release
  • Positioning
  • Praxis / Motor Planning
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Techniques
  • Therapeutic Strengthening & Conditioning
Treatment Approaches & Programs
  • Balance Training
  • Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training
  • Gait Training
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Manual Therapy
  • Myofascial Release
  • Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Positioning
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Techniques
  • Therapeutic Strengthening & Conditioning