Physical therapy at Pediatrics Plus is about learning to fly. A quote by author Charlie Wardle says” A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking because its trust is not on the branch but on its own wings.” For the children that we serve in physical therapy, our dream for them is to find their wings and learn how to fly.
Physical therapy focuses on the attainment of a child’s gross motor skills. Normally these are some of the first skills that a baby learns – holding their head up, rolling over, crawling, and eventually walking. The complexity of the skills grows as the child does and they learn higher-level skills like running, jumping, and climbing stairs.
But sometimes, a child might demonstrate a lag in developing these skills. Sometimes the branch breaks and we see our children struggle. It might be that they are having a hard time with starting to walk, or having difficulty keeping up with the other kids on the playground, or maybe they require the use of a walker or a wheelchair to move around the world. Whatever the case, physical therapy can assess what level a child is functioning at and can help them progress their gross motor skills.
For each child, learning to fly will look different. It might be running the bases at a little league game, or riding bikes with their friends, climbing the stairs to their bedroom, or simply holding their head up while they play on the floor with their siblings. Regardless of what flying looks like to you, our goal for each child is for them to know their potential and trust their wings. We want them to be who they were created to be and conquer their world!
Read more about Physical Therapy at Pediatrics Plus here.