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Physical Therapy

The Physical Therapy Program at Children's Specialized helps patients reach their full potential by minimizing impairments while promoting mobility and function for participation in their home and community. Our pediatric physical therapists are specialists in the unique needs of children, adolescents and young adults from birth through 21 years of age and they are experts in a variety of treatment interventions allowing them to individualize a plan of care to meet the unique needs of the child and family.

Physical Therapy evaluation and treatment may include:

  • Ongoing observation and analysis of the child’s functional abilities and struggles
  • Identification of impairments
  • Provision of strategies and home activity suggestions to encourage mobility, increase strength and flexibility, improve balance and coordination, prevent deformities or further injury, overall wellness and fitness recommendations
  • Assess needs for equipment and bracing and make appropriate referrals
  • Coordination of care with other health care providers
  • Partnering with families to develop specific objective, measurable and time based goals to focus the care
  • Provide episodic care to reach patient and families goals with a focus on helping you and your child to develop skills and knowledge to carryover at home and continue to progress after therapy ends.

Your physical therapist will work with you to help develop a plan for your child taking into consideration:

  • Your child’s needs based on their diagnosis
  • Goals that you and / or your child have for therapy
  • Evidence (if available) or best practice standards for the amount of therapy needed
  • How your child progresses during therapy
  • What resources are available (i.e., your availability, transportation, funding; family support) to you and your child
  • Agreement by the referring physician on the plan of care, frequency and duration of treatment and discharge plan

physical therapist helping young boy climb wall​Our physical therapy programs at Children's Specialized Hospital treat children with a wide range of diagnoses including but not limited to:

  • Acute medical conditions
  • Amputation
  • Arthrogryposis
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Brain injury
  • Burns
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental delays
  • Genetic disorders
  • Low tone
  • Lymphedema
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Orthopedic disorders
  • Pre-op and post-op
  • Respiratory problems
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Sports injuries
  • Torticollis
  • Pain / RND

Interventions recommended may include but are not limited to:

  • Aquatic therapy
  • Balance and coordination activities
  • Serial casting, splinting or bracing
  • Developmental facilitation
  • Endurance training
  • Equipment training (i.e., walkers, crutches, orthotics, prosthetics, standers, wheelchairs)
  • Gait training for difficulty walking
  • Home exercise programs
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Land based treatment
  • Neuromuscular Reeducation
  • Posture exercises
  • Strength exercises
  • Stretching for flexibility
  • Functional Electric Stimulation (FES)

Patient Stories

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  • “You cannot believe the truly amazing work these doctors, nurses, therapists and social workers do, and the miracles they help kids perform on a daily basis. They are the unsung heroes of Chase's journey.”

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  • I told my mom and my doctor that I wanted to come back to Children’s Specialized Hospital, said Ariely. I knew the program had everything I needed to take control of my diabetes again.

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Children's Specialized Hospital Outpatient Center at Bayonne
815 Broadway
Bayonne, NJ 07002
(201) 823-6010
Children's Specialized Hospital Outpatient Center at Clifton
1135 Broad Street
Clifton, NJ 07013
(973) 365-3071
Children's Specialized Hospital Outpatient Center at Egg Harbor Township
6106 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
(609) 645-7779
Children's Specialized Hospital Outpatient Center at Newark
182 Lyons Avenue
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 391-2960
Children's Specialized Hospital Outpatient Center at Toms River - Lakehurst
368 Lakehurst Road
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 281-3900
Children's Specialized Hospital Outpatient Center at New Brunswick
10 Plum Street
6th Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 258-7100
Children's Specialized Hospital
200 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(888) 244-5373
Children's Specialized Hospital Outpatient Center at Warren
266 King George Road
Warren, NJ 07059
(973) 391-2960
Children's Specialized Outpatient Center at Toms River Stevens Road
94 Stevens Road
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 914-1100

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