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Career exploration: pediatric physical therapy

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Belle tyynismaa

on 18 February 2013

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reaching my goal What is a pediatric physical therapist? Preparation in High School Classes and education throughout college Grad school and internships After completing a residency, these new therapists can find jobs at schools, hospitals, neonatal intensive care units, rehabilitation centers, or even directly in a child's home. These physicians have the ability of working with special needs children and their families and are comfortable with children. Also, therapists have to understand they will be on their feet most of their day and must be able to meet these physical requirements. Pediatric physical therapists are responsible for coaching children to be the best they can be. A pediatric physical therapist specializes in meeting the needs of disabled adolescents. These physicians work to build personal plans to make the everyday lives of these children and their families better. Patients include children who were born premature, have chronic pain, cystic fibrosis, brain injuries, scoliosis, or cancer. The ultimate goal of these therapists is to present plans and exercises for the child, family, and educators to use to make functioning everyday a much easier task to accomplish. Since I've become quite serious about becoming one of these physicians, it would a smart choice to focus on science classes throughout my high school career. For example, taking classes like biology, anatomy, child development, neuroscience or physiology. Being bilingual (english/spanish) would benefit me in finding a job and being successful. I could then communicate with more patients and their families. While getting your undergraduate degree, it is advised that you major/minor in science based classes. Like those I spoke of in the last slide: physiology, biology, anatomy, or neuroscience. Also, expanding in another language like I said spanish would benefit me, especially in today's society. Adding four more years of spanish would make it easier to communicate with a larger group of patients. After completing the graduate records exam you may be accepted into a physical therapy master's program. This will take about two and half years. During this time students will complete an internship under a licensed therapist. Then those interested in pediatrics will undergo special training to become familiar with the development of children and how their bodies differ from adults. Then for another 3 or more years students can broaden their knowledge in pharmacology, radiology, or body systems to receive their doctorate. Being a Pediatric physical
Therapist Becoming a Pediatric Physical therapist The outlook is excellent for this field with a growth rate of 39 percent, on average they make 74,610 dollars per year. http://www.eaglerehabpt.com/pages.php?page=10/05/18/9474214
http://www.innerbody.com/careers-in-health/how-to-become-a-childrens-physical-therapist.html Sources:
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