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Pediatric Physical Therapist Position
What is Pediatric Physical Therapy?
Pediatric physical therapists (PTs) work with children and their families to assist each child in reaching their maximum potential to function independently and to promote active participation in home, school, and community environments. Physical therapists have expertise in movement, motor development, and body function (eg, strength and endurance). They apply clinical reasoning during examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention for children, youth, and young adults. As primary health care providers, PTs also promote health and wellness as they implement a wide variety of supports in collaboration with families, communities, and other medical, educational, developmental, and rehabilitation specialists.
What Role Does the Family Play?
Parents and families have the primary role in their child’s development. The pediatric PT collaborates with the family to promote development and implement an individualized intervention program. Families are supported through coordination of services, advocacy, and assistance to enhance the development of their child. This can include:
Positioning during daily routines and activities
Adapting toys for play
Expanding mobility options
Using equipment effectively
Facilitating safety for the home and community
Accessing community programs and resources
Providing information on the child’s physical and health care needs
Supporting family caregiving
Smoothing transitions from early childhood to school and into adult life
Physical Developmental delays caused by trauma during birth
Genetic syndromes affecting movement
Balance and co-ordination
Motor Planning, which is the ability to plan and execute movement with respect to the environment.
Self help strategies to improve movement in everyday life.
The process of supporting children and families begins with an interview, or conversation, to identify the child’s needs and family’s concerns and continues with an examination and evaluation of the child in the context of their daily routines and activities. This examination may include, but not be limited to, mobility, sensory and neuromotor development, use of assistive technology, muscle and joint function, strength and endurance, cardiopulmonary status, posture and balance, and oral motor skills. The process of providing pediatric physical therapy continues with collaboration, consultation, and intervention.
Where Does Your Child Receive Pediatric Physical Therapy?
Pediatric physical therapy is provided in our unique natural learning environment, which mirrors a home.
How do Pediatric Physical Therapists Use Evidence to Support their Decisions?
The Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy supports the use of evidence-informed practice, which is the integration of research findings, clinical expertise, and family priorities and preferences. Pediatric physical therapists may use evidence-informed practice to provide any of the following services as part of their goal-directed plan of care:
Movement and mobility
Balance and coordination
Recreation, play, and leisure
Daily care activities and routines
Equipment design, fabrication, and fitting
Posture, positioning, and lifting
Orthotics and prosthetics
How Are Pediatric Physical Therapists Licensed?
Pediatric PTs have a special interest and desire to work with children and families and lend their unique talents and professional knowledge to children with many different conditions and strengths. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants must be graduates of accredited educational programs and comply with rules of state licensure and practice guidelines. Additional credentials related to specialization in content, skills, or other academic degrees may be used to recognize an individual’s advanced knowledge and skills.
Candidates must have a strong background in clinical treatment of children with at least 5 years of experience. We need a positive, highly ethical person who accepts the responsibility of professionalism at all times. Applicants must have an orientation toward creative problem solving, good communication skills, and a passion for helping children and their families.
Compensation is dependent on experience and performance. Our salary range is from 65 – 85K with additional performance based bonuses.
My son, Zach, began speech therapy in 2015 with great success. His annunciation became clearer and more understandable in just a year. Once he graduated from speech therapy, he continued on with writing comprehension to further his language understanding. Now, a middle schooler, his writing has improved to grade level and in some cases above level. Thank you Clear Speech therapists! Because we needed help with annunciation and writing, I would recommend their SLPs to any parents whose child could benefit. With their 1:1 ratio, kids get faster results than the SLPs within the school districts as their ratios are higher and sessions are shorter.
Before going to Clear Speech, my son didn’t understand language receptively nor could he express his feelings in words. He was getting frustrated very easily. Now, our son can understand and has started talking to us about how he feels and what he wants. This makes our daily life a lot easier and less stressful.
Prior to getting therapy at Clear Speech, I noticed my kids had a hard time telling me and others what they needed. They would become very frustrated so most days they had tantrums, they would hit, and when unfamiliar were around they would be very quiet and interact. Our day-to day routines have improved significantly since starting speech therapy. When they couldn’t communicate, we spent hours each day managing their frustrations and trying to understand their needs. Now we can move through our day with little to no frustration. When frustrations do happen, they can use their words to solve the problem. Clear Speech has been a great experience for all three of my children. I recommend to families who need speech therapy to get started as early as possible. Commit to the therapy process and soon you will be able to better connect with your kiddo and hear what they need!
My daughter’s pediatrician recommended speech therapy services for our two year old. Although was able to follow directions and understand others, she wasn’t speaking as much as she should have been. After started services, he speech has gotten clearer and she seems much more confident talking, communicating, and identifying. her breath control has gotten better as well as her tolerance to having her face touched. After the Safe and Sound Protocol, she has gotten much more patient, willing to share, and follow directions. Her melt downs from not getting her way are at a minimal as well as she takes more to time to understand why something is the way it is.
My son has a limited amount of words, was hard to understand when he did speak, and was sensitive to loud sounds. After starting therapy I can understand him better, he rarely covers his ears for loud sounds, and has a larger vocabulary. The most important advice I can give is to follow your instincts. Our pediatrician did not think my son had a delay, therefore we did not pursue therapy in a timely fashion. I wish I would have followed my gut sooner.
My son could not say his “g” and “k” sounds. Melisa Aar has been so fantastic with my son. He is able to say all his sounds now and is more confident when he talks to people. The therapists are so personable here and we would give Miss Melissa 5 stars for being so awesome!
Both of my kids had speech delays and would get frustrated due to their lack of language development. Now I can carry on full conversations. They both are a lot more focused! They love coming to their sessions and have had progress in their behavior and attitudes! I would highly recommend Clear Speech to any family needing speech services. The progress I’ve seen in both my children has been amazing since we started coming here! The therapists are so friendly and professional!
When we first joined Clear Speech we had been using the birth to 3 program. Maddie was making some progress but she was still so delayed. Because of her new therapist, Michelle, Maddie has discovered her voice. She is still delayed but able to communicate so much more. Our son, Camden, also has Apraxia and he is becoming better since working with Michelle. It has improved so much. Maddie and Cam are both able to communicate more with us which has greatly helped our day to day lives. We now have tools as parents to help with the two of them and the stress has gone down. Don’t hesitate to seek out speech services. It is never too early to at least have your child evaluated. Once a line of communication is opened between you and your child, it is like a whole new world.
We were looking for supplemental speech for articulation concerns during the summer. Not only did we get help in articulation, but help with his Sensory Processing Disorder. The Safe and Sound Protocol helped in ways I didn’t realize were available through speech therapy. My son’s speech is more intelligible and many of his sensory phobias have dissipated. Clear Speech is great at addressing the child’s needs in the usual ways as well as introducing the newest most innovative therapy treatments available.
Prior to speech therapy at Clear Speech, it was hard for my child to communicate. He also was combative and frustrated. He now is able to speak in sentences and describe what it is if I didn’t understand the first time. He also has more confidence. Lucas is no longer combative. With any child that has delayed speech, you should seek speech therapy and any help before school will be a huge benefit.
Before I came to Clear Speech therapy my child was not speaking. No sentences or anything. Life was challenging not just for me but for my child as well. I noticed my child is now saying more sentences, has improved eye connection, and is a better listener. I would recommend to another family that it is very important to get your child into speech therapy as soon as you can because it’s like a tool, not only for your child, but it also helps the parent work with your child on speech and learning to communicate.
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Location: 3602 Everett Ave
Everett, WA 98201
Telephone: (425) 252-9908
Fax: (425) 259-6317