Graduate Education/Training : Training Programs

Physical Therapy Training Program

Pediatric Physical Therapy is the science and art of treating children with movement and sensory dysfunction and caring for their families. Pediatric physical therapists evaluate and treat children with movement disorders from newborn through young adulthood. They work with children with a variety of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, sensory, cardiovascular, respiratory, integumentary, and limbic impairments that may impact their functional mobility and gross motor development. The physical therapist collaborates with the family to develop family centered, culturally competent care for each child in his/her natural environment. Interventions may include developmentally appropriate play, trunk postural control activities, strengthening, flexibility, adaptive positioning, environmental modification, and recommendations for prosthetics, orthotics, or mobility devices such as wheelchairs or crutches.

The Mailman Center for Child Development provides physical therapy evaluations as part of the Interdisciplinary Developmental Evaluation Services team. Physical therapy is provided for children enrolled in the Mailman Center’s Debbie Institute as part of the Early Steps program for infants and toddlers.

Observation opportunities and clinical internships are available for students studying physical therapy.

For additional information, please contact:

Lynn Miskiel
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Related Link(s):

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
UM Department of Physical Therapy