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Pediatric Physical Therapy | SSM Health Illinois
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Pediatric Physical Therapy

The goal of Pediatric Physical Therapy is to help children achieve their maximum functional potential. Realization of a child’s full potential is accomplished through the implementation, in the clinic and at home, of a treatment program designed to address each child’s unique concerns. 

Pediatric Therapy Conditions We Treat:

  • Increased muscle stiffness and tightness
  • Limitations in range of motion
  • Difficulty keeping up with same-aged peers
  • Muscle weakness
  • Postural abnormalities/asymmetries
  • Poor balance skills
  • Uncoordinated/abnormal movements
  • Difficulty in sports activities such as catching, throwing and kicking
  • Delays in age​-appropriate gross motor skills

Physical therapists can evaluate and treat children with a variety of diagnoses including:

  • Developmental delay (walking, crawling, etc.)
  • Abnormal skeletal development (scoliosis, torticollis, hip pathologies, etc.)
  • Neuromuscular or neurological disorders
  • (cerebral palsy, TBI, etc.)
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Genetic disorders (Downs Syndrome, etc.)
  • Orthopedic conditions/sport injuries

Child Growth Development Chart

​3-6 Months

  • Roll to/from bell

6-12 Months

  • Sit independently
  • Crawl on hands and knee​s
  • Pull to stand​

12-18 Months

  • Walk unassisted
  • Climb onto low furniture
  • Pull/push toys
  • Kick ball with support

24 Months

  • Jump on two feet
  • Run
  • Walk on toes
  • Throw overhanded 5-7 feet

3 Years

  • Ride tricycle
  • Climb stairs with alternating feet
  • Run without falling
  • Hop on alternating feet
  • Stand on one foot
  • Walk on balance beam

4 Years

  • Run/skip well
  • Jump rope
  • Bounce a ball
  • Catch ball with arms and body


Our Locations

Community Resources

Early Intervention: Illinois Department of Human Services
823 East Monroe
Springfield, IL 62701
Child Abuse Hotline 800-25-ABUSE (22873)​
DCFS Info and Assistance (Advocacy Office)
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