How to Choose the Right Pediatric Physical Therapist for Your Child

  • July 12, 2017
A physical therapist helping a child run on a treadmill.

Pediatric physical therapists are trained professionals who work to improve the mobility of children by guiding them through specific movements and activities that target specific impairments and problem areas.

Pediatric physical therapists work with children of many ages and background with a variety of conditions, from sports injuries to autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and many others.

No matter why your child needs physical therapy, choosing the right therapist can be difficult. Not only do you and any of the child’s other guardians need to get along with the therapist and the rest of their practice’s staff, but they should more importantly also have an easy rapport with the child themselves. OF course, there are also other, more practical concerns as well.

If you’re in the process of choosing the right pediatric physical therapist for your child, ask these questions to help find the right one in your area.

Do They Accept My Insurance?

It’s unfortunate that this should be the first question on the list, but unfortunately it is a crucial one. Start your search with a list of providers in your area who accept your and your child’s insurance.

Many pediatric physical therapists accept a variety of insurance plans, and the last thing you want is to get set on one provider before learning they don’t accept yours. This is a smart place to start. As a bonus, your insurance company (and pediatrician) should be able to help you find a therapist in your area,

Do They Specialize In My Child’s Condition?

Like we said before, pediatric physical therapists treat a wide variety of conditions. A therapist who’s skilled in treating sports injuries might not have the same expertise with autism spectrum disorders. A therapist may have a specialty in treating adolescent patient or even younger ones.

Be sure to find a therapist who specializes in your child’s particular needs.

Will My Child See the Same Therapist Each Session?

Depending on the clinic, your child may be scheduled with the same therapist or a rotating lineup of them for each session. Some children might respond better to therapy when forming a strong bond with a single therapist. Others might do well to be socialized with an assortment of new adults—particularly children with autism.

Ask how the clinic typically operates, and if they are able and willing to accommodate your preference.

Other Questions to Ask

These are just some of the primary questions you should consider asking when deciding on a pediatric physical therapist. Any particular concerns about your child, their condition, and your preferences and desires should be addressed as well. Other ideas include:

  • How well staffed does the clinic seem?
  • How well maintained does the clinic’s facilities seem?
  • What does the “culture” of the clinic seem like? Are people talkative and friendly, or to-the-point?
  • How many patients does the therapist see in a typical day?
  • How much experience does the therapist have?

Pediatric Physical Therapy in Connecticut

If you’re looking for a pediatric physical therapist in Connecticut, you can start and end your search at Cheshire Fitness Zone.

Specializing in physical therapy, occupational therapy, aquatic therapy, and more, Cheshire Fitness Zone’s team of therapists have years of experience expertise in a variety of specialties.

Conveniently located in Cheshire and Meriden, Cheshire Fitness Zone works closely with each child and their parents or guardians to develop home programs and provide strategies to make mealtime a success every time.

To learn more about pediatric physical therapy in Connecticut, contact Cheshire Fitness by calling (203) 250-9663 or using this online form.

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