Physical Therapy for Children
Experts in evaluating and treating pediatric developmental conditions, musculosketal disorders and movement disorders, our physical therapists work with each child to reach his or her highest level of participation and functional independence at home, school, and in the community. For a glimpse into the work of pediatric physical therapists, please watch this video and click here for information from the American Physical Therapy Association!
ABCs of Pediatric PT fact sheets:
English and Spanish
Sport Participation in the early years
2-page family-friendly hand out about proper sport exposure
Increasing Step Count for young kids
2-page family friendly hand out about ways to increase activity in preschoolers
Recreation, Play and Camps click here.
PT3: Researchers at Seattle Children's want to find ways to improve and increase walking and activity in youth with Cerebral Palsy. For more information on this research click here.
The Play Lounge is a wonderful place for families to play. For more information, check out their Facebook page!
Physical Therapy Websites and Resources
Enjoy some family exercise time together. Running, jumping, climbing, and crashing can be difficult and often dangerous for kids while stuck inside the house, but movement and physical play is essential for development and regulation. There are limitless opportunities for kids (small and big) to get the movement they need in a safe way while indoors. Some ideas include:
- Make an obstacle course in the living or bedroom using furniture, pillows, blankets, and toys
- Make a scavenger hunt to look for items around the home or play hide-and-seek
- Play classic favorites like “Simon Says,” “Head Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” and “Hokey Pokey.”
- Sign up for a free account at Go Noodle for hours of video-guided physical activities for kids of all ages.
Recess Breaks with UW Coaches and Athletes
Embrace going back to school virtually with a Zoom your kids will actually want to join! This fall join The Whole U and UW Athletics in bringing back recess and P.E. with 15-minute recess breaks coached by UW athletes and team coaches every Monday and Wednesday at noon starting on Monday, September 28.
All kids are welcome to join, whether every time or when it fits their unique schedule. Get to know UW athletes and coaches, connect with fellow Husky pups, and move together! Exercise and fitness are an important part of our everyday routines especially for school aged kids! Many of us are missing organized sports this year, so let’s gather together virtually and build our own community celebrating movement and athletics.
This program is created for kids ages 6—12 but all ages are welcome. Parents, you are welcome to join but are not required—we’ve got this! Feel free to share the link with friends and family that need a boost of some Husky love!
Zoom link - https://washington.zoom.us/j/94755524160
For more fun physical indoor play ideas, look at these links: indoor gross motor activities and ways to keep kids active indoors.
Keep kids moving indoors: Try some of these ideas to keep your kids active while out of school, or check out some active videos here.
Recursos en español
¡Ideas para practicar movimientos gruesos y quemar un poco de energía! Sabemos que ahorita los niños están pasando mucho tiempo en casa, y tal vez extrañen su tiempo de recreo. En estos sitios web, pueden encontrar bastantes ideas para que se mantengan activos y practiquen habilidades como brincar, balance y planeación motriz. 5 actividades para mejorar la motricidad gruesa , actividades de movimiento para ninos con energia , 10 formas de trabjar la motricidad gruesa en los ninos
Actividades para practicar la lectura y el vocabulario: Visita este sitio web con ideas para apoyar el desarrollo de habilidades de lectura y vocabulario de tu niño/niña, tanto en español como en inglés y para recibir información de como criar un niño/niña bilingüe.
Apoyo para un menor con autismo: Visita estos sitios web con ideas para apoyar un niño/niña con autismo y para conectarte con otros padres de familia que están pasando por experiencias similares: Autismo Diario y la Sociedad de Autismo.