What is Pediatric Physical Therapy? -
Pediatric physical therapists help children improve mobility, motor development, posture strength, range of motion, balance and coordination. This is accomplished in a "play" environment utilizing balls, rolls, mats, balance boards, scooters and toys to encourage the child to move in ways that develo motor skills.
The following are some of the services physical therapy provides:
- Development and enhancement of gross motor skills
- Management of muscle tone and strength
- Building or rebuilding muscle strength
- Improvement of posture/postural control
- Pre-gait and gait training
- Improve balance and coordination
- Building cardiopulmonary endurance
- Improve body awareness and alignment
- Orthotic/Prosthetic Assessment & Management
- Kinesiotaping technologies
Pediatric Physical Therapy
Your child may benefit from Physical Therapy if he or she has difficulty with any of the following:
- Learning how to crawl or walk
- Walking up or down stairs
- Sitting or standing without support
- Playing without getting tired
- Walking and running without tripping or falling
- Protecting or catching him/herself if he/she falls
Does my child need physical therapy?
All therapists at Bayside Children's Therapy Network (BCTN) are certified in their areas of expertise and standing members of one or more of the following organizations:
SHAV - The Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia.
ASHA - The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association.
VAOTA - The Virginia Occupational Therapy Association
Bayside Children’s Therapy Network, Inc.
We're located in the 'old Coke building' on Main Street - Gloucester Court House!
6688 Main Street - P.O. Box 130 - Gloucester, Virginia 23061
Call: 804-210-1555 Fax: 804-210-1556
Cathie Costello Barker, RPT
With more than 25 years specializing in Pediatrics, Cathie draws on her passion from personal experience growing up with her sister who had various disabilities. Her experience across care environments supports a multidisciplinary team approach to the care of your child. Cathie's expertise supports a wide range of diagnoses and includes: NDT techniques, adaptive equipment/orthotics, neuromuscular and developmental motor dysfunction, torticollis, and other musculoskeletal deficits.