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Physical Therapy

"Boston Ability Center is absolutely amazing, both the clinicians and the facility. From the minute my daughter walks through the door, she is so happy! Jan, my daughter’s PT, always has such a fun plan for the session that my daughter doesn’t even realize how hard she is working! Her progress since starting at BAC has been amazing! Highly recommend!!"

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Physical therapists combine evidence-based practice and creativity to help children reach functional goals related to:

  • Gross motor skills

  • Mobility

  • Early developmental milestones including crawling and walking

  • Utilization of adaptive equipment

  • Improvements in strength and endurance

  • Ability to participate in activities with peers

  • Recovery from injury

  • Improved biomechanical alignment

  • Posture and scoliosis

  • Balance

  • Ball skills including catching and throwing

  • Increasing range of motion

  • Postural Control

  • Motor Planning

Who might benefit from physical therapy at Boston Ability Center? Children with a diagnosis of:

  • Neuromuscular disorders (Muscular Dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, etc.)

  • Developmental Delay 

  • Early childhood delay (0 to 3 years)

  • Gross motor delay

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Torticollis, plagiocephally, or brachycephally

  • Austism Spectrum Disorder

  • Developmental Coordination Disorder

  • Genetic syndromes

  • Hypotonia

  • Toe walking

  • Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)

  • Spinal disorder (SCI, spina bifida, tethered cord)

  • Brain injury

  • Orthopedic injuries (club foot, hip dysplasia, fractures, Sever's)

  • Scoliosis

  • Ehlor's Danlos

  • Functional Neurologic Disorder / Conversion disorder

  • Oncology 

  • Post operative (tumor resection, spinal fusion)

  • Hemiplegia

  • Erb's Palsy

  • Brachial Plexus injuries

  • Deconditioning

  • Balance disorders

  • Gait disorders

  • Vestibular disorders

  • Concussion

  • Seizure disorders

Boston Ability Center physical therapists have extended training and expertise in areas such as:

 

  • Adaptive equipment

  • Seating and positioning

  • Schroth therapy for Scoliosis (BSPTS Concept by Rigo)

  • Interactive Metronome

  • Orthotics fitting

  • Lite gait

  • Constraint therapy

  • Kinesio taping

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Perhaps your child has been diagnosed with a chronic condition that necessitates several different types of therapy around the Boston area, or maybe your infant is not meeting their gross motor milestones on time. A trained pediatric physical therapist can help by performing a thorough evaluation of your child's skills and recommending an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to your child's ability level as well as your family's goals.

Read through our pediatric physical therapy services below and get in touch with us as soon as possible if you have more specific questions. We look forward to partnering with you to help your child advance to the highest skill level possible!

Our Physical Therapy Services

Physical therapists combine evidence-based practice and creativity to help children reach functional goals related to:

  • Gross motor skills
     

  • Mobility
     

  • Early developmental milestones including crawling and walking
     

  • Utilization of adaptive equipment
     

  • Improvements in strength and endurance
     

  • Ability to participate in activities with peers
     

  • Recovery from injury
     

  • Improved biomechanical alignment
     

  • Posture and scoliosis
     

  • Balance
     

  • Ball skills, including catching and throwing
     

  • Increasing range of motion
     

  • Postural Control
     

  • Motor Planning
     

 Who might benefit from physical therapy at Boston Ability Center? Children with a diagnosis of:

  • Neuromuscular disorders (Muscular Dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, etc.)
     

  • Developmental Delay
     

  • Early childhood delay (0 to 3 years)
     

  • Gross motor delay
     

  • Cerebral palsy
     

  • Torticollis, plagiocephaly, or brachycephaly
     

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
     

  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
     

  • Genetic syndromes
     

  • Hypotonia
     

  • Toe walking
     

  • Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)
     

  • Spinal disorder (SCI, spina bifida, tethered cord)
     

  • Brain injury
     

  • Orthopedic injuries (club foot, hip dysplasia, fractures, Sever's)
     

  • Scoliosis
     

  • Ehler’s Danlos
     

  • Functional Neurologic Disorder / Conversion disorder
     

  • Oncology
     

  • Postoperative (tumor resection, spinal fusion)
     

  • Hemiplegia
     

  • Erb's Palsy
     

  • Brachial Plexus injuries
     

  • Deconditioning
     

  • Balance disorders
     

  • Gait disorders
     

  • Vestibular disorders
     

  • Concussion
     

  • Seizure disorders

 

Boston Ability Center physical therapists have extended training and expertise in areas such as:
  • Adaptive equipment
     

  • Seating and positioning
     

  • Schroth therapy for Scoliosis (BSPTS Concept by Rigo)
     

  • Interactive Metronome
     

  • Orthotics fitting
     

  • Lite Gait
     

  • Constraint therapy
     

  • Kinesio taping

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Physical Therapy

We understand that you have many choices when it comes to your provider of physical therapy for kids. Our physical therapists have a wide range of experience in treating the conditions listed above. Read through the following FAQs and contact our office as soon as possible with any questions or concerns regarding your child's individualized treatment plan.

Why Does My Child Need Physical Therapy? 

Some pediatric patients have an obvious diagnosis that makes physical therapy a cornerstone treatment for their condition. Kids with cerebral palsy and other disorders involving neurological function and muscle tone deficits often benefit greatly from physical therapy as a regular part of their weekly routines. Other children who have conditions that affect their joints, muscles, bones, or overall movement can also see results with regular therapy. Finally, children recovering from injuries may need physical therapy to ensure proper recovery and growth throughout the long-term healing process. 

Is There a Chance That My Child Will Grow Out of Their Condition?

Certain conditions may be "grown out of,” but medical professionals can usually only make this determination in conjunction with qualified physical therapists. Children who have medical conditions that affect their movement and those with developmental delays often show movement patterns even in their earliest months that indicate that there may be a problem with motor development.

If an infant walks at 16 months instead of 12 months, for example, this is not a major cause for concern; however, if an infant displays a pattern of sitting up late, crawling late, and then walking late (or not walking at all), you may already be aware that your child needs to be evaluated for gross motor skill deficits. Children may show other delays in social skills, fine motor skills, or verbal communication. Alternatively, it may not be evident that your child needs help until they are older and experience trouble playing sports or keeping up with friends during recess. It's always best to have a professional assess and diagnose your child if you have any cause for concern. Don't wait for your child to "grow out of" a developmental red flag if you have a gut feeling that they should undergo an evaluation.

It may be tempting to compare your child to their peers, but this isn't always helpful. Your nephew may have walked at eight months while your daughter is still not walking at 15 months, but this isn't always an indication of an overall delay. On the other hand, your daughter may show other signs that necessitate an evaluation. Speak with your child's doctor as well as a licensed physical therapist to point you in the right direction for treatment.

What Are Common Signs That a Child Needs Physical Therapy?

Every child is different and will not show the same signs of needing children's physical therapy, but certain indicators may alert you to mildly or severely stalled development. If a baby is not meeting their physical milestones on time, it's important to speak with your pediatrician about your concerns. Your doctor may refer you for an evaluation, but you are free to call and speak with us about your questions in the meantime as well.

Babies born prematurely often need a little bit of extra help meeting their milestones and assuring steady development. Little ones who need physical therapy often have trouble with the basics, such as lifting their heads and rolling over. Your infant may scream during tummy time or dislike placing their feet on the ground for walking.

Older children diagnosed with muscular or neurological conditions that include hypotonia, cerebral palsy, autism, and spinal disorders can benefit from regular physical therapy. Severe cases that affect children's movement are more obvious, but mild ones may go unnoticed until the child is of school age. They may show other signs such as a lack of coordination, a refusal to join friends for physically active games, or reluctance to participate in activities that involve a lot of movement. 

Get In Touch With Us

At the Boston Ability Center, we pride ourselves upon developing personal, supportive relationships with our pediatric patients and their families. Let us know if you have questions or concerns, and we will be happy to address them before and during your child's treatment program. Call us today at 781-239-0100 to schedule your appointment or fill out our contact form to get in touch. We look forward to meeting your family!

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