GENERAL QUESTIONS:


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+ What does a typical physical therapy session look like?

  • Caregiver updates therapist on progress, challenges and medical changes
  • Child and therapist work on functional, dynamic skills through fun, engaging activities
  • Caregiver may come back for all or part of the session depending on child’s needs
  • Caregiver and child will leave with activities to build on

+ What should I expect for an evaluation?

  • Registration paperwork should be completed, if not will need to be completed that day
  • Caregiver should plan on being present during entire evaluation
  • Child’s medical history reviewed
  • Caregiver and/or child share their concerns with therapist
  • Therapist examines child using appropriate tests and measures. These include looking at a child’s strength, how well they move their head, arms and legs, etc. This assessment should not be painful.
  • Therapist shares initial findings of evaluation with caregiver and child
  • Caregiver and child help establish functional goals; as well as how often therapy will occur, with therapist

+ How does the therapy my child gets at school differ from the therapy they receive at an outpatient clinic?

  • APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (APPT) Fact Sheet comparing school-based and clinic-based physical therapy services:

https://pediatricapta.org/includes/factsheets/pdfs/15%20PT%20for%20Educational%20Benefit.pdf


My child under 3 years old…

+ How can I prepare for my child’s evaluation?

  • Check with your coverage with your insurance company
  • Fill out new client registration paperwork
  • Get a prescription for physical therapy from your child’s physician
  • Bring your insurance card on the day of the evaluation
  • Have child wear comfortable clothing
  • Bring orthotics (braces)

+ My child is under 3 years old, tell me more about Early Intervention Services?

  • Early Intervention Physical Therapy: IDEA Part C:

https://pediatricapta.org/includes/fact-sheets/pdfs/IDEA%20EI.pdf

+ My child is under 3 years old, what is the difference between physical therapy in the clinic and physical therapy through the Early Intervention (EI) Program?

+Do I have to choose either Early Intervention physical therapy services or physical therapy services from an outpatient clinic?

  • No, not necessarily. There are several factors the influence this decision, including:
  • Insurance coverage
  • Financial resources (co-pays)
  • Transportation
  • Time
  • Complexity of child’s needs/diagnosis
  • Age of child (i.e. older children may tolerate and benefit from additional therapy)
  • Additional resources needed (i.e. equipment, space, provider with specific certifications, etc.)

My child is school aged…

+ How does the therapy my child gets at school differ from the therapy they receive at an outpatient clinic?

+ Why is my child’s physical therapy frequency different at the clinic compared to what it is at school?

+ Do I have to choose either school-based physical therapy services or outpatient physical therapy clinic services?

No, not necessarily. There are several factors the influence this decision, including:

Explains why it may be beneficial for a child to receive both school-based and clinic physical therapy services from a therapist’s perspective