Pediatric Physical Therapy is a specialty area in which children from 0-18 years of age receive physical therapy services to assist them in gaining independence with their motor skills, such as walking, crawling, jumping, etc. In Early Intervention, the physical therapy staff works with the younger children and their parents (newborn babies and children up to age 3). The physical therapist and physical therapist assistant work together to help children achieve age appropriate developmental milestones such as rolling, crawling, and walking. The therapists work to improve the flexibility and/or strength of their muscles which leads to improved ability to move, better posture, and overall better balance. The Physical Therapist will evaluate the child to determine strengths and areas of weakness that he/she may have. The Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, and the family work as a team to improve areas of delay through exercises, stretching, and home programs. A variety of equipment is used when treating the children and can include therapy balls, benches, cube chairs, and bolsters. Therapy is play based and at times the children may not even know they are working at all. The family is the most important part of the team since they know their children the best. Therefore, the goal of the physical therapy staff is for the parent/caregiver to be an active part of the treatment process and for them to feel as comfortable as possible with carrying through with suggested home activities.
The typical age range to achieve general milestones such as rolling, sitting, creeping, and walking are as follows:
Rolling 4-6 months
Sitting 6-8 months
Crawling 8-10 months
Walking 12-15 months
If a child does qualify for physical therapy and needs special equipment such as braces, a bath seat, a walker/gait trainer, and/or other adaptive equipment, the physical therapist/physical therapist assistant can help families obtain these items.
Molly Zimpfer has been a Physical Therapy Assistant since 1998. She is a graduate of Lima Technical College. She has been employed with Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities since 1998.
Andrea Spencer has been a Physical Therapist since 1996. She is a graduate of the University of Toledo. She has been with the Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities since 2006.
Jennifer (Jenna) Braun has been a Physical Therapy Assistant since 1998. She is a graduate of University of Toledo and Professional Skills Institute. She has brought a lot of experience and knowledge to the Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities when she joined us in 2007.
Elizabeth (Beth) Scott has been a Physical Therapist since 1994. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University. Beth works closely with the PTA’s to provide the quality service that the students at Shelby Hills Early Childhood Center and the Adults at S and H Products deserve and have come to expect. She has been with the Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities since 2002.