Physical Therapy - Step Forward Therapy
Arlington Heights Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Group Therapy and Pre-School
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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Pediatric Physical Therapy utilizes a play-based approach to help improve your child’s gross motor abilities in order to navigate and participate in all arenas of life. Physical therapy (PT) can help maximize your child’s participation and functioning in daily and recreational activities as well as promote health and wellness. In general, PT can help improve mobility, posture, balance/coordination, strength/endurance, range of motion, motor planning and gait. As children get older, PT can also work on task/sport specific activities and address any limitations due to pain

At Step Forward Therapy, our Physical Therapy (PT) team is made up of highly-skilled and compassionate therapists who utilize best-practice evidence to create an individualized therapy plan for each child and family. PT focuses on body function (strength, motion, etc.), movement and motor development to identify limitations in a child’s ability to participate in everyday activities. Physical Therapy can benefit any child with a movement problem stemming from injury, disease, illness, or congenital disability. Our physical therapists are specially trained in the areas of milestone achievement, gait mechanics, postural abnormalities, gross motor development, manual therapy techniques, tone management, strength training, postural control, and balance/coordination training. PT’s collaborate with our interdisciplinary team at Step Forward Therapy as well as other medical and educational specialists.

Step Forward Therapy’s Arlington Heights Physical Therapists specialize in:

-Assistive device training
-Atypical movement patterns
-Balance & coordination
-Daily care activities & routines
-Developmental milestones
-Equipment design, fabrication, & fitting
-Gait training
-Gross motor skills
-Health & wellness
-Muscle tone management
-Motor planning & learning
-Orthotic & prosthetic management
-Pain management
-Postural Abnormalities
-Postural control & positioning
-Range of motion
-Skeletal/Postural abnormalities
-Sports injuries
-Strength & endurance training

What SFT physical therapists treat include, but is not limited to:

-Ataxia or other gait impairment
-Brachial Plexus injuries
-Cerebral Palsy
-Chromosomal Abnormalities
-Down Syndrome
-Genetic Disorders
-Gross Motor Delay
-Idiopathic toe walking
-Hypotonia or hypertonia
-Muscular dystrophy
-Orthopedic injuries
-Plagiocephaly (and or Brachycephaly)
-Post-surgical rehabilitation
-Seizure disorder
-Spina Bifida
-Spinal Cord Injury
-Sports injury

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We will provide an evaluation of your child including; gross motor, orthopedic, neuro-muscular, congenital, skeletal, developmental conditions, as well as acute or sports injuries

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Consultation With School Personnel

At Step Forward Therapy, our therapists have background knowledge and experience in working with IEPs and 504 plans. We can consult with you and your school to make sure your child is getting all the services they need to be successful within the school environment.

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Developmental and Orthopedic Conditions

At Step Forward Therapy, we treat both developmental/neurologic conditions and orthopedic conditions/sports injuries. Our therapists are specially trained to work with children of all ages with any movement impairments regardless of the origin.

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Areas our Physical Therapy can help, but are not limited to:

    • A child who has delays in their gross motor skills
    • A child who falls more often than expected
    • A child who has trouble participating in gym class
    • A child that has difficulty navigating playground equipment
    • A child that walks “Pidgeon-toed” (toes pointing in) or “knock-kneed” (knees touching while walking)
    • A child that has experienced a traumatic or overuse injury
    • A child that is experiencing abnormal amounts of pain
    • Babies that develop flat spots on their heads
    • A child who has difficulty keeping up with same-aged peers
    • A child who has difficulty with sport-related activities such as throwing, catching and kicking
    • A child who has received a diagnosis of a chronic condition