Thursday, December 1, 2011

What is physical therapy, and what is speech therapy?

As a follow-up to my previous posting on "What is occupational therapy?", I thought it would only be fair to further define other rehabilitative therapy specialties.

So, what is physical therapy?

Pediatric physical therapy is a form of rehabilitative therapy that uses exercises to help children gain or improve their strength, endurance, and coordination.  Ultimately, physical therapists help children to work on their gross motor skills: rolling, sitting, creeping, standing, walking, climbing stairs, running, and jumping.

For more information regarding physical therapy, please refer to the American Physical Therapy Association website:
http://www.apta.org/

What is speech therapy?

Speech therapy is the discipline of speech pathology that involves assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders related to communication disorders.  Communications disorders, include speech and language difficulties, voice issues, and swallowing,  Speech therapy will also assess and treat oral motor dysfunction relevant to communication and feeding skills.

For more information regarding physical therapy, please refer to the American-Speech-Language-Hearing  Association website:
http://www.asha.org/

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