Physical Therapy (PT)

Pediatric Physical Therapists assess how children move, looking specifically at their flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, and endurance. A pediatric physical therapist is trained in the evaluation and treatment of motor dysfunction, along with neurological and genetic disorders. Pace Pediatric Therapy can see newborns through teenagers. 

What can PT help with?

Click here to see our Milestones Chart from birth - 6 years old.

Frequently Asked Questions about PT

What are common diagnoses that might benefit from PT?

What are signs your child may need PT?

Should your teenager be seen at Pace or an adult PT clinic? 

We frequently work with kids 8 years and older with a variety of orthopedic issues, including chronic pain, sports injuries, hypermobility, poor strength / endurance, and walking / running patterns. 

If your child is younger or would benefit from more fun activities while performing exercises (swings, stomp rockets, relay races, board games), we highly recommend scheduling with our office. While an adult-focused PT may also be able to help your child, they will potentially not have as much fun during therapy sessions with our pediatric PT's. 

We do not have equipment for some exercises, such as treadmills, TRX straps, barbell squats / deadlifts, or heavy resistance training. If your child is older or participates in high-level sports, you may want a referral to a primarily adult / sports PT clinic. 

What happens during the first appointment?

A physical therapy evaluation is the first step in determining your child’s strengths and challenges. When a child first comes to physical therapy, we do a 1-hour long assessment, which includes discussing parent / caregiver concerns, learning about your child’s medical history, and observing your child moving and playing. We will also perform a hands-on assessment, which may include muscle strength, flexibility, posture, or reflexes. At the end of the appointment, your therapist will discuss their findings with you and may recommend additional therapy services.

What are treatment sessions like?

Treatment sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long, 1 time per week. Depending on your child and family's needs, sessions may up to 2x/week or as infrequent as 1x/month. 

Sessions and are custom tailored with lots of fun activities to help your child achieve their gross motor goals. It may include a variety of stretches, exercises, massage, or fun games to improve physical function. At the end of each session, your therapist may suggest activities that you can work on at home between treatment sessions to continue promoting progress. 

Make sure to check out our Instagram and Facebook pages for photos and videos of some of our therapy sessions!

How is pediatric occupational therapy (OT) different from PT? 

OTs and PTs often work with children with the same conditions, and both help with improving a child's quality of life and overall functioning. Both provide hands on care that is individualized based on their client’s needs. Pace Pediatric OT and PTs frequently work together to ensure best practices for each child. 

Physical Therapy:
PTs typically focus on body movement and are experts in the musculoskeletal system. Clinical observations and assessments help them determine if there is something impacting a child’s posture, alignment, or ability to safely navigate their environment. Through exercise and play, they work on strengthening, balance, coordination, endurance, and body awareness necessary to improve children’s functional mobility.

Occupational Therapy:
An OT takes a holistic approach to assess what meaningful occupations are for their client. Meaning, what occupies the child’s time. This encompasses everything from brushing their teeth, changing their clothes, school tasks, play, eating, and sleeping. OTs use clinical observations and assessments to determine if children have the attention, fine motor, bilateral coordination, sequencing, cognitive, visual perception, and sensory processing skills necessary to engage in their daily activities. Through play and adapting activities or environments they are able to provide their client with the just right challenge to increase their overall independence.

How to begin therapy at Pace

Contact Us

Call, text, or email us to ask any questions that you have and to begin the patient intake process. 


We will check insurance benefits, help get a pediatrician referral (if needed), provide intake paperwork, and schedule your first visit.


At your first visit, we will review your child's medical history, assess your child's strengths and challenges, and chat about our professional recommendations.


If therapy is recommended, we will begin sessions that are full of evidence-based treatments and plenty of fun, child-led activities.