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What do they do?
Physical therapists work with children to help them develop and strengthen their gross motor skills. Physical therapists address a variety of needs, which may include:
When to seek help?
A referral may be necessary if your child:
- Is not meeting the expected developmental milestones (e.g., rolling, sitting, standing, walking)
- Has a strong preference for turning their head to one side or using one side of their body
- Has difficulty crossing midline (i.e., the center of the body)
- Walks up on the balls of their feet or walks in an atypical/awkward manner.
- Appears weak or tires easily
- Has difficulty keeping up with their peers during play
- Appears clumsy or uncoordinated
- Is unable to perform the same gross motor tasks (e.g., hopping, jumping, skipping) as their peers
- Has difficulty completing new movement activities
- Frequently trips and/or falls
- Complains of pain when performing gross motor tasks
- Was injured and is not able to perform at their prior level of function