Physical Therapy

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LLA’s skilled team of physical therapists work with children and their families to assist each child in reaching their maximum potential in motor performance and functional independence at home, school, and the community.

Together, we will create specific goals and collaborate to reach them through detailed evaluation and consistent therapy. Our therapists can help children minimize the effect injuries, disease, or developmental disabilities have on a child’s ability to function.

Depending on the child’s needs we can also:

  • Promote independence
  • Increase active participation
  • Facilitate motor development/function
  • Improve flexibility, strength, endurance
  • Manage pain
  • Enhance motor learning
  • Help with sensory regulation/integration
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Ease the challenges of daily care giving
  • Provide support, advocacy, and resources to patients and their families
  • Promote health and wellness
  • Neuromuscular(cerebral palsy, spina bifida/myelodysplasia, muscular dystrophy, spinal muscle atrophy, stroke)
  • Impaired muscle tone(hypotonia, hypertonia, spasticity, athetoid, dystonia)
  • Seizure disorder/epilepsy/infantile spasm
  • Developmental(delayed development, prematurity)
  • Genetic disorders (Down Syndrome, Prader Willi, septo-optic dysplasia, OI osteogenesis imperfecta, Pierre Robin, Klinefleter, Angelman, etc)
  • Developmental orthopedics (hip dysplasia, flat feet./ankle pronation, in-toeing, metatarsal adductus, club feet, neuromuscular scoliosis, toe walkers)
  • Torticollis/plagiocephaly
  • Movement disorders (ataxia, dystonia, cerebellar, athetoid, chorea)
  • Stable congenital heart/pulmonary conditions
  • Mitochondrial disorders
  • Sensory dysfunction (proprioception, vestibular)
  • General fitness
  • Balance/coordination problems
  • Physician referral required for PT evaluation and treatment. Please have physician fax prescription to 330-867-2245.
  • Contact office to schedule an appointment 330-867-2240
  • Verification of insurance/payment
  • If able, complete our patient questionnaire and bring it with you.
  • Bring medical records/reports, IFSP, IEP, and other pertinent information.
  • Bring insurance cards.
  • Wear clothes that allow therapist to easily see bones/joints/muscles.
  • Wear tennis shoes.
  • Bring braces/splints, glasses, hearing aids, and other adaptive equipment.
  • Bring extra bottles/snacks and diapers/supplies.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to your first appointment to complete paperwork.

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Evaluation

  • 1hour length
  • Parents/caregivers present
  • Medical history reviewed.  Concerns discussed.  Goals discussed.
  • Therapist will evaluate: posture, range of motion/flexibility, strength, endurance, tone, gross motor function, functional mobility, gait, sensory, balance, reflexes, pain, bracing/adaptive equipment

Treatment

  • Individualized based on child’s evaluation and patient/family goals.
  • 45-60 minutes in length
  • Evidence based interventions
  • FUN… ENGAGING… INTERACTIVE…
  • Educational… parents present and participating in session as appropriate.  Interactive/collaborative learning.  
  • Within patient tolerance. Time built in for short breaks/rest periods
  • Home activity suggestions provided
In order for your child to reach his/her maximum potential it is essential for you the parent to commit to getting your child to the scheduled therapy appointments, actively participating in the therapy sessions as appropriate, and following through with activities at home. Our role as therapists is to teach you what you can do to assist your child in reaching his/her full potential. It is a partnership that requires communication, hard work, and a collaborative effort.
Attendance is vital for success therefore if you no show for more than 2 appointments without notifying the office prior to scheduled appointment time or you cancel more than 2 times within an 8 visit treatment span then at the discretion of the treating therapist your child may be discharged from therapy. Please, when possible, give 24 hour notice of cancellations.