What We Do
At Assential Therapies Inc. our pediatric physical therapists (PTs) creatively assess, develop, and implement specialized treatment plans for each child and family to assist them in reaching their maximum potential in gross motor development. Pediatric physical therapy can be addressed in various stages of development from birth to young adults to meet their needs of mobility, stability, and endurance to function independently and promote active participation with their family and peers.
- Tolerance of “Tummy-Time”
- Sitting skills
- Crawling/Floor mobility
- Standing activities
- Gait/walking or running
- Equal use of body through transitions between positions
- Balance in positions into standing on one foot
- Safely navigating stairs (climbing and/or walking)
- Coordination – Ball skills for throwing, catching, and kicking
- Riding a bike
- Endurance to activities
- Pain during activities
- Developmental Delay
- Developmental Coordination Disorder
- Low or Increased Muscle Tone (hypotonia and hypertonia)
- Down Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Genetic Conditions
- Congenital Birth Defects
- Club Foot Deformity
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Other Neurological Conditions
- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Cardio-pulmonary Disorders
- Orthopedic Injuries or Surgeries
- Childhood Sports Injuries
- Painful joints/muscles
Commonly Used Therapy Approaches/Techniques
Muscular strengthening through maintaining functional positions and transitions between positions
Range of motion through handling, active-assisted, & active movements
Stability in functional positions of a variety of surfaces
Proprioceptive activities for joint attention, body/surrounding awareness
Myofascial release/massage to improve muscle activation, blood circulation, & reduce pain
Coordination activities through facilitation of motor planning/learning
Therapeutic ball activities
Gait & Stair training
Initial Evaluation - What to Expect
Learn more about what to expect during your initial physical therapy evaluation.
If you think your child may benefit from physical therapy, contact Assential Therapies Inc for a free 15 minute physical therapy phone screening. If after discussing your concerns a physical therapy evaluation is recommended, we will set your child up with an appointment that fits your scheduling needs.
At the evaluation our physical therapist will use standardize tests to see where your child is functioning compared to his age matched peers and develop a therapy program customized to your child’s needs that fits your schedule.
We apply a “partnering” approach in our therapy services: working closely with you, your child and your family to get the physical therapy results that matter most to you and your child.
Homebased physical therapy services may be available in following areas:
Northwest Suburbs: Elgin, Streamwood, and Schaumburg.
Western Suburbs: Stone Park, Brookfield, Riverside, Berwyn, Forest Park, River Forest, Elmwood Park