Following evaluation, the physical therapist will develop a treatment plan. PT may include:
- Positioning programs
- Sensory stimulation
- Stretching and flexibility exercises
- Strengthening exercises
- Gross motor activities
- Functional activities, including transfers and ambulation
The physical therapist may also suggest and help the family get equipment that is needed. Family education and training is a priority during PT sessions to help the family feel confident in helping their child.
As the child gets closer to discharge, the physical therapist will provide a home program. He or she may also recommend ongoing PT.