Many times a child may have to attend physical therapy. It can be very hurt as a parent trying to make sure your child is getting the most out of these sessions. Being creative and staying involved is very important. Physical therapists that work with children are specialty educated for children.
When your child goes in for their physical therapy session it is very important to be involved. There are many times the therapist may wish the child to ‘play’ a game. Many of these games can go better if there is another person that is actively engaging the child so that they believe they are playing and not working. There are many times that you can help get something or explain to your child what they need to do. Think of your job as an assistant.
Many times when your child is ‘playing’, they are actually working on special things for the physical therapy. If you are confused as to how something is helping your child, you need to ask questions. Your therapist can explain and show you how each activity is strengthening your child physically. You may want to ask your therapist where your child is expected to be at the end of therapy. By asking questions, you can make sure you completely understand what is going in your child’s appointments.
Bring it home
Your child’s physical therapist may give them ‘homework’. This homework is a list of exercises that they can do at home that will help strengthen themselves. When doing these exercises at home it is important to be creative. You can use some of the games your child does during therapy. If you have been asking questions, you should be able to invent your own way to get your child to do their exercises without them knowing what is going on. The biggest part of the program is to make sure that your child is having fun. If they are having fun, they will not know they are really working. After you have invented your own fun activities at home, remember to share them with the therapist. It is possible that you could give him or her an idea they have never thought about before. It has been my experience that children sometimes come up with the most physically benefiting games.
Physical therapy for a child can be very hard to go through. Often times a child may get tired and not understand why they have to go to this place every week. However, if you and your child’s therapist work together then you both can make sure that your child gets the most out of their physical therapy.