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The co- owners are highly experienced and trained. They provide continuing education locally for physicians and therapists, are involved in clinical research, and have presented talks at the national level for both the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Annual Meeting and at Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Evaluation of how physical therapy might benefit the patient is a joint effort between the therapist and client or family. Information from the family is highly regarded and is the basis for the evaluation.

Intervention based on a plan of care is scheduled if therapy is indicated and the family would like to pursue this route. PT’s at APPT use multiple approaches, with a specialty in the Perception- Action Approach.  This intervention is used in current research projects relating to children with cerebral palsy and congenital muscular torticollis.

Referral to other professionals is made when the services at Ability Pediatric Physical Therapy, LLC do not match the needs of the patient or family.

Bracing and splinting is managed in cooperation with a local prosthetist orthotist. Occasionally, when foot problems are minimal, the therapist orders orthotics from an outside source.

Serial casting is is provided for patients whose muscle shortening indicates this technique. Surgical lengthening of tissues can often be avoided by use of casting, splinting and specific exercises.

Infant evaluation is offered when information about an infant’s movement abilities is needed. Treatment can be scheduled if needed, but there are times when information is sufficient.

Young child evaluation is focused on the family’s concerns. Concerns vary widely and may include the shape or use of the legs or feet, clumsy behavior, or more serious difficulties with movement.

Older child evaluation Community and school participation is a frequent concern for families. Postural deviations are often observed in the older child. For youngsters with cerebral palsy or other brain-based impairments, pain related to altered joint uses has in the past been underestimated. Episodes of education and training can be considered by the family and therapist.

Periodic consultations can be appropriate for any age group. This is especially useful during later childhood and young adulthood for the prevention of overuse injuries, to ensure adequate activity levels, and to prevent decline in abilities.

Focused episodes of care are useful in many circumstances and have been successful in delivering an adequate dosage of treatment for a defined period of time. Families and patients often appreciate the periods between episodes when treatment is not scheduled. You may be interested in viewing this link to a related article.

Walking and wheelchair mobility equipment can be explored at the clinic where there is a variety of devices for trial and loan. Evaluation is coordinated with durable medical equipment vendors who can provide information on “the latest and greatest”.

Recreation equipment such as specialized tricycles, bikes, scooters, skis, and a kick sled can be useful to families who strive to help their children participate in sports. These items are available for use in therapy and sometimes loan.

Adaptive equipment needs (bathing and toileting aides, specialized beds, diapering and dressing supports) are evaluated at home visits. Joint visits with durable medical equipment vendors are scheduled.

The race car initiative is being pioneered at this clinic as a method to bring self-mobility to toddlers who are unable to move about alone efficiently. The current research on embodied cognition and self-mobility supports this work.

Bike-riding program is a step by step method of teaching riding skill that brings to individuals a healthy and pleasurable activity to share with family and community members. Current research has shown the benefits of bike riding for persons with developmental disability.