Adult patients often complain about their therapy appointments. Therapy is hard work. Learning to accomplish tasks that seem impossible at the beginning can be uncomfortable, overwhelming and even painful. Adults usually stick with their therapy because they know how important the end results will be to their overall quality of life.
However, when working with children, explaining the long-term benefit isn't a valuable strategy for helping children commit to their intense physical therapy work.
Instead, great physical therapists make sure that therapy is fun and engaging.
Physical therapy still requires a lot of work from pediatric patients, but if it feels like play they are more likely to build up endurance and a willingness to fully engage.
That's why physical therapy centers like the one in the Christus St. Francis Cabrini hospital feature exciting equipment like a zip line, hammocks, a rock climbing wall and a tire swing. A great therapist can take fun activities and think about ways to adapt them to strengthen children's balance, muscle coordination and other critical physical skills
According to the article, "Center Uses Zipline, Rockwall in Pediatric Therapy," in The Town Talk by Leigh Guidry,
"A zipline allows kids to expel energy, experience a certain sensation and even crash into bean bags as they fall or jump from it or from a platform. Crashing into pillows causes deep pressure input that some children need, speech pathologist Andrea VanBuren said."
Centers like the one featured in the article often offer a collaborative approach for patients that need different kinds of therapy services.
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