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.

Skills Assessed

  • Tolerance of “Tummy-Time”
  • Rolling
  • Sitting skills
  • Crawling/Floor mobility
  • Standing activities
  • Gait/walking or running
  • Posture
  • 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
  • Jumping
  • Swinging
  • Riding a bike
  • Endurance to activities
  • Pain during activities

Common Diagnoses

  • Developmental Delay
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Low or Increased Muscle Tone (hypotonia and hypertonia)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Genetic Conditions
  • Congenital Birth Defects
  • Torticollis
  • Scoliosis
  • 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

  • Neuromuscular re-education

  • Vestibular activities

  • Therapeutic ball activities

  • Endurance activities

  • Gait & Stair training

  • Kinesio-taping

Initial Evaluation - What to Expect

Learn more about what to expect during your initial physical therapy evaluation.

"I truly feel like the staff and therapists at Assential Therapies cares about my son’s growth and development and also about my concerns as a mother. I feel very supported and comforted knowing that we are here for treatment!"

Next Steps

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

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