Physical therapy for children focuses on improving strength, mobility, and balance to make life easier. At Solaris Pediatric Therapy, located in Houston, Texas, the therapy team includes Courtney Sanderson, CCC-SPL, and a pediatric physical therapist with more than 30 years of experience who develops personalized plans to help your child meet their gross motor developmental goals. For a physical therapy evaluation, call the office or request one online today.

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What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is an area of health care focused on optimizing the patient’s quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on techniques, and education. Though physical therapists undergo years of training to work with all ages, the physical therapist at Solaris Pediatric Therapy specializes in pediatric physical therapy and has more than 30 years of experience.

In addition to exercise and movement, the physical therapist at Solaris Pediatric Therapy also has a special interest in how the visual system affects motor development and movement patterns. Improving your visual system through targeted exercises may improve hand-eye coordination, reaction time, and balance, which not only benefits children struggling with gross motor delays, but also children and teens who want to improve their athletic abilities.

Who is a good candidate for physical therapy?

The team at Solaris Pediatric Therapy determines if your child would benefit from physical therapy during a consultation. The pediatric therapy practice offers many therapy options, including both occupational therapy and physical therapy, and develops individualized therapy plans specific to your child’s needs. However, in many cases, the therapists work together to help your child get the most well-rounded care possible so they can reach their optimal potential.

Some of the conditions that may benefit from physical therapy at Solaris Pediatric Therapy include:

  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Developmental delays
  • Physical disabilities
  • Congenital disorders
  • Torticollis
  • Plagiocephaly
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder

The team provides care for children of all ages and needs.

What happens during physical therapy?

The team develops individualized treatment plans specific to your child’s needs. The details of your child’s physical therapy may depend on their age, diagnosis, developmental issues, and overall health and strength. The physical therapist conducts a comprehensive initial evaluation to determine your child’s needs and goals.

Based on the information gathered during your child’s evaluation, the physical therapist develops a treatment plan aimed at helping your child reach their goals. A robust physical therapy program helps improve physical development and supports learning and social engagement.

To request a consultation with the therapy experts at Solaris Pediatric Therapy and learn more about the benefits of physical therapy for your child, call the office or request an appointment using the online booking tool.