Center for Physical Rehabilitation & Aquatics

Pediatric Physical Therapy

For kids and families dealing with childhood injuries, diseases and chronic conditions, maximizing independence takes center stage. But traditional adult therapy strategies often aren’t ideal for children. That makes it critical to choose a facility with a physical therapist on staff who specializes in helping kids with rehab needs – like the IVCH Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Aquatics (CPRA).

Experience play with purpose, part of a family-centered program that assesses and treats children who have a wide variety of conditions, including genetic, congenital, developmental, neurological and orthopedic problems.

Pediatric physical therapy resembles age-appropriate play, such as play that incorporates learning how to walk or helps a child participate at school. Rehab therapies can include:

  • Therapeutic listening, which uses sound stimulation to help restore kids’ sensory systems.
  • "Astronaut training" to deal with balance problems.
  • Kinesio taping to treat pain and disability from athletic injuries.
  • Yamuna body rolling.
  • Tri-plane movements to enhance strength and flexibility.

Discover the benefits of pediatric therapists and families working together to solve a child’s obstacles, as they work closely with visual and auditory specialists to advance movement and play skills.

What pediatric conditions do your physical therapists treat?

The pediatric physical therapists at CPRA provide treatment for many diagnoses. These include:

  • Developmental delay — when movement and play skills are below a child’s age level
  • Congenital disorders — when a child is born with an issue such as a heart defect or hip dysplasia
  • Genetic issues such as Down Syndrome and Williams Syndrome
  • Orthopedic problems that may involve rehab of a broken bone or post-operative care
  • Muscle tone problems
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Autism
  • Toricollis (twisted neck)
  • Plagiocephaly (flat skull) – today nearly half of all babies have a flat spot, which often results in developmental delays

Who will treat my child?

Ann Kois, MA, PT, is a physical therapist who specializes in pediatrics, the branch of medicine dealing with children and their diseases. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University and Wheaton College. Her passion is educating patients/parents on the treatment of developmental and neurological conditions. She emphasizes community integration – helping children fit into the world around them.

What can I expect in my child’s pediatric physical therapy?

A typical pediatric rehab session emphasizes education. Therapy goals focus on helping young patients at home, in school, with their hobbies and playing sports.

For more information about pediatric physical therapy call, 815-780-3509.