Witnessing delays in your child’s development, such as a gross or fine motor delay, can be both heartbreaking and nerve-wracking. You’re likely not an expert in physical therapy interventions, so how can you trust that you found the right solution for your child?
At Infinite Therapy Solutions, our group of professionals has over forty years of professional experience working in pediatric therapy and facing challenges like physical therapy for gross motor delay. All of this experience has also shown us how important it is to work not just with our child patients, but with their families (like you!) to make sure we all know what to expect from therapy. This helps put your mind at ease, while also helping us to effectively work together to treat your child.
Pediatric Therapy Solutions for Gross Motor Delay
Let’s review what you can expect when seeking physical therapy for gross motor delay, where children need additional support in motion involving the arms, legs, and torso.
The earlier you intervene, the better.
Up until about four years of age, children are rapidly working through developmental milestones; there’s practically a new one every two to three months leading up to that age. This means there is a lot of information we can gather to inform therapy; and the sooner we intervene, the sooner we can try to get a child more on track for all of their other developmental milestones.
Therapy starts with testing.
A therapist will perform a standardized test on your child to compare them to their peers of the same age. This helps make sure that we set the best metrics and milestones for where they need to be developmentally, as we create a comprehensive therapy plan. This also means that we don’t need to rush to a particular diagnosis. Instead, we focus on what treatments your child needs, adjusting the course of treatment, and physical therapy interventions based on your child’s response.
Develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
This sort of individualized treatment makes sure your child’s actual needs are being met and addressed. Milestones are set along the way to help keep treatment accountable for generating results for your child. With a plan in place, we can also map out how a family intervention and team approach to physical therapy can be successfully implemented. After all, progress is not just limited to the confines of our office. It’s very important that the physical therapy exercises for gross motor skills, for example, be practiced and reinforced daily.
Expose children to a wide range of activities.
We often see that the best results come from exposing children to a wide range of exercises, which can then help them with everything from everyday mobility through dressing skills. We cover a wide range of weight-bearing opportunities and even gross motor equipment. One of the benefits of therapy is having expert guidance for ideal movements and exercises across a broad range of equipment such as:
- Wedge Mats
- Crash Mats
- Monkey Bars
- Balance Beams
- And more
Our experts keep your children engaged and safe!
Work at each kid’s ability.
An individualized treatment plan is built to accommodate each child’s range of abilities and pace in making progress. While we set milestones to keep plans moving forward, we tailor exercises and expectations to match children where they are and keep them moving forward at a pace that’s reasonable for them and their abilities.
Offer children a supportive environment.
Not only do we perform exercises that will help your children while also keeping them safe, but we are here to emotionally support them as well. Some children may be nervous or afraid to do these exercises, especially if they’ve struggled with mobility or depth perception before. New activities or surfaces–anything unpredictable–might harbor anxiety, and so they need someone whom they can trust to expose them to these new situations. They need consistency from their treatment team, which is a core value for all of us. It is worth noting that all of our staff finds this work to be the most gratifying: watching children demonstrate clear and measurable progress while they also discover strength and confidence.
In short, the steps for physical therapy for gross motor delay include:
- Testing to objectively evaluate where a child is at, developmentally;
- Creating a comprehensive treatment plan;
- Exposing kids to a wide range of activities;
- Working at a child’s ability and providing them a supportive environment in which they can thrive.