Physical Therapy

At Baby Steps Therapy, physical therapy focuses on a child’s mobility and function in the home and community environment.

Our physical therapists work with children and their families to help each child meet his or her individual potential to maximize independence with functional mobility. Our physical therapists use evidence-based practice and collaborate with families and health care providers throughout the course of treatment. Physical therapists are movement experts and utilize their skills to create individualized, child-specific interventions that facilitate motor development and promote improvements in the areas of strength, balance, postural control, coordination, motor planning, endurance, flexibility, and functional mobility. Our physical therapists also establish and carry out interventions for orthopedic rehabilitation in children and adolescents.

Our focus is to educate parents and families to implement strategies that promote motor development and increase child participation, assist with positioning for activities and caregiving, and provide instruction in the use of orthotics and adaptive equipment.

Our physical therapists provide intervention services for infants, children, and adolescents to address the following areas:

  • Adaptive equipment: specialized devices used to assist with activities of daily living
  • Balance: the ability to maintain a posture while standing, walking, or reaching
  • Coordination: the ability of several muscles or muscle groups to work together harmoniously to perform movements
  • Functional mobility: a person’s ability to move around his or her environment
  • Gross motor: refers to movements of large muscle groups
  • Motor control: The ability of the central nervous system to regulate or direct the musculoskeletal system in a purposeful act
  • Motor planning: the ability to organize and perform movement in a meaningful manner
  • Muscle length: the maximum extensibility of a muscle-tendon unit. Muscle length, in conjunction with joint and soft tissue extensibility, determines flexibility.
  • Muscular endurance: is the ability of a muscle or group of muscles to sustain repeated contractions against a resistance for an extended period of time
  • Orthotics: devices used to support, align, prevent, or correct the function of movable parts of the body
  • Postural control: the ability to manage the body’s position in relation to task
  • Proprioception: the awareness of posture, movement, changes in equilibrium, and the knowledge of position, weight, and resistance of objects in relation to the body; sensed by muscles, tendons, and soft tissue
  • Range of motion: A measure of the amount of movement/motion available at any given joint of the body
  • Stability: the ability to maintain control of joint movement or position against gravity
  • Strength: a measure of muscle force generation

Here at Baby Steps Therapy, all of our physical therapists carry a Doctorate or Master’s degree in physical therapy and are licensed by the Physical Therapy Board of California (PTBC). Our passionate team of pediatric physical therapists is supported by continuous in-house mentoring, transdisciplinary team collaboration, and professional development opportunities. We support our therapists’ pursuit of additional training, as well as the application of current research so that we, as a team, can continue to provide care with up-to-date advancements in our field. Areas of expertise and advanced training include the following for ages ranging from infants to adolescents:

  • Kinesiology taping techniques
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Orthotic and adaptive equipment management
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
  • Therapeutic activities
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Torticollis management

Examples of diagnoses and conditions commonly treated by our pediatric physical therapists:

  • Autistic Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Developmental Delays
  • Down Syndrome
  • Gait Abnormalities
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Gross Motor Delays
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Stroke
  • Toe Walking
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury