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Pediatric Physical Therapy
Transcript of Pediatric Physical Therapy
What is Pediatric Physical
How do you become one?
What do Pediatric Physical Therapists do?
Therapists who specialize in pediatric physical therapy are trained to diagnose, treat and manage a variety of developmental, neuromuscular (relating to nerves and muscles), congenital (children with special needs), skeletal, and acquired diseases and disorders in infants, children and adolescents.
Pediatric physical therapists are physical therapists that specialize in treating and caring for patients who are toddlers, babies, children, teenagers and young adults.
-Physical therapists are required to have a postgraduate professional degree. Physical therapy programs usually award a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, although a small number award a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree. Doctoral programs typically last 3 years; MPT programs require 2 to 3 years of study. Most programs, either DPT or MPT, require a bachelor’s degree for admission, and many require specific prerequisites, such as anatomy, physiology, biology, and chemistry.
As a pediatric therapist, you will benefit greatly from flexibility, patience, and empathy(the ability to understand and share the feelings of another). You will need good communication skills to be able to effectively work with other health care professionals, the patients, and the parents of the patients. It is also very important to be a good team player. You should also be physically fit because you will be helping patients who may need help standing, pulling themselves up, etc.
How to get your license:
All states require pediatric physical therapists to be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state but typically include passing the National Physical Therapy Examination or a similar state-administered exam. A number of states require continuing education for pediatric physical therapists to keep their license.
Pediatric Physical therapists have the opportunity to become board-certified clinical specialists through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities (ABPTS). Specialization is the process by which a pediatric physical therapist builds on a broad base of professional education and practice to develop a greater depth of knowledge and skills related to a particular area of practice. Specialty certification is voluntary. PPTs are not required to be certified in order to practice in a specific area.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for a physical therapist in 2010 was $73,610 per year. Child physical therapists may earn as much, or perhaps more, due to their specialized training and high demand. Salary varies by work setting; in general, physical therapists who work in physician offices and hospitals earn higher salaries. Salary also varies by geographic location. Currently the highest-paying regions are located in metropolitan areas in California, Texas, and Alaska. To earn extra pay, a physical therapist can also work as a consultant to businesses or other organizations in need of their expertise.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics states anticipates that the job growth rate for physical therapists from 2010-2020 will be 39%, which is considerably higher than average. Child physical therapists might expect a similar rate of growth. Job outlook is quite good thanks to new medical technologies that prolong the lives of special needs children, such as preterm babies and trauma victims, all of whom will require the therapists' specialized skills.
By: Itzel Grijalva
What is it?
Pediatric physical therapy helps with the detection of health issues, using a number of modalities in order to treat disorders in children.
What Pediatric Physical Therapists do.
They help the children do exercises that will help
them do activities, such as walking, moving their arms, legs and other body parts that they have troubles moving.
Physical therapists can become board-certified specialists in the following areas:
-Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
-Sports Physical Therapy
PPT might guide kids through:
-developmental activities such as crawling and walking
-training to build strength around an injury
-flexibility exercises to increase range of motion
-balance and coordination activities
-aquatic (water) therapy
-safety and prevention programs
-instruction on how to avoid injuries
-improving circulation around injuries by using heat, -cold, exercise, electrical stimulation, massage, and ultrasound
During a visit, a PPT may:
-measure the child's flexibility and strength
-analyze the way the child walks and runs (a child's gait)
-identify potential and existing problems
-consult with other medical, psychiatric, and school personnel about an individual education plan (IEP)
-provide instructions for home exercise programs
-recommend when returning to sports is safe
You will have to hold a Master's degree in physical therapy, occupational therapy, or a related field to obtain employment in this field. In addition to one of these degrees, specialization in pediatrics is also necessary. However, the exact credentials you are required to have will ultimately depend on your employer. During a two-year Master's degree program, you will take a variety of courses in theories of physical and occupational therapies, pediatric research methods, practice of pediatric therapy, and techniques of physical and occupational therapies.
Before you pursue your Master's degree, you will need an accredited Bachelor's degree. Any major is typically fine, but you may be required, depending on the graduate school of your choice, to have successfully completed undergraduate coursework in physiology, medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology before you can begin your Master's degree program. Professional experience, such as through internships or volunteer work, and computer literacy are also important.
Tuition and Fees
The annual tuition and fee rates for DPT programs in 2011 were as follows:
Tuition and Fees