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  1. 1. Pediatrics By: McKenzie Krakow
  2. 2. Goal of Pediatrics Help children ages 3-21 reach their maximal functional level of independence
  3. 3. Settings • Physical Therapists that specialize in Pediatrics work in a variety of different settings including: • - schools • - homes • - communities • - child care centers • - preschools
  4. 4. Workers Of the approximately 90,000 active Physical Therapist in the United States, three percent are employed by schools.
  5. 5. Salary • $26,200 • Median salary of a PTA specializing in Pediatrics in 2008 • 28% increase from 2002 to 2008 • Lowest income of all Physical Therapy specialty groups.
  6. 6. Types of Patients • A toddler recovering from serious burns that develops ongoing heath problems that make it difficult for him to walk and to use his hand during play • A teenager that suffers from cerebral palsy that needs to learn job skills that include: good posture, being able to sit for long periods of time, and head control
  7. 7. Training Pediatric Physical Therapists have a specialty training in and a desire to work with children and families.
  8. 8. Assessment The Physical Therapist assess the patient in many different areas some including: • Measure walking and other mobility skills • Daily activities such as dressing, and toileting • Positioning and posture during classroom learning • Joint mobility, muscle strength, limb and leg circumference, and sensorimotor performance
  9. 9. In school settings Physical Therapists usually work as a team with Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Special Education teachers, and other professionals.
  10. 10. Hospitals and Clinics A child may also receive Pediatric Physical Therapy in hospitals and clinics when a child is receiving care for related medical conditions or during acute care episodes.
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