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Please note: The Kireker Center For Child Development will be relocating to 140 East Ridgewood Avenue in Paramus on February 12, 2018.

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Movement allows children to explore and thus opens up a window of learning through seeing, feeling, and touching new environments. The ability to move – to walk, jump, maintain balance, and play catch -- requires gross motor skills, which involve using the large muscles of the body.

Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy

Pediatric physical therapy focuses on helping children and teenagers acquire gross motor skills and/or improve the quality of those they already possess. At the Kireker Center for Child Development, we strive to assist all children in reaching their full potential, even those with physical limitations. Depending on our patients’ differing abilities, physical therapy aims to help each child reach his/her full potential, whether that is to walk, throw a ball, or transfer from a sitting to a standing position or from a wheelchair to a seat or bed.

A range of diseases or disorders can affect the development of a child’s gross motor skills. We evaluate and treat children from birth to age 21 with neuro-muscular disorders, genetic disorders, congenital deformities, orthopedic diseases, and multiple handicaps. Through physical therapy, we teach new skills and help children reach their gross motor developmental milestones. Some developmental delays can be treated or eliminated with early detection and therapy. Physical therapy can also restore the skills of children who have undergone surgery or suffered a stroke or an orthopedic or traumatic injury.

Because we are a multidisciplinary center, our physical therapists work closely with our physicians, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists to ensure that your child’s specific needs are met. If your child needs further evaluation, we can refer him/her to a physiatrist, developmental pediatrician, orthopedic surgeon, neurologist, neurosurgeon, school psychologist, or other professionals in the community. We also offer specialized services for babies who have spent time in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or another hospital’s NICU. Our physical therapists are always available to speak with child-study teams, teachers, and other education professionals.

Therapy for NICU Babies

The Kireker Center for Child Development’s pediatric physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists are an integral part of the developmental team in The Valley Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our pediatric therapists are licensed and certified and have completed specific training in neonatal therapy.

Many babies who are born prematurely or with developmental concerns benefit from beginning physical therapy, occupational therapy, or oral-motor and feeding therapy within hours or days of their birth. Early intervention can help guide a baby toward his/her developmental milestones.

Our therapists work closely with the NICU’s neonatologists, nurses, and each baby’s parents to:

  • use therapeutic handling and positioning, which may utilize specialized splinting by our occupational therapist
  • begin oral-motor or feeding therapy for the baby
  • transition the baby to outpatient services at the Kireker Center following discharge from the NICU

Our Physical Therapy Services

Our Physical Therapy Department is located at the Kireker Center for Child Development. We evaluate and treat children with the following:

Physical Therapy
Our Physical Therapists

  • neuro-muscular and neuro-degenerative disorders, including cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy
  • developmental delays caused by autism, PDD, and other conditions
  • movement disorders
  • torticollis
  • genetic disorders, including Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and others
  • orthopedic disorders, including club foot
  • orthopedic injuries
  • traumatic injuries
  • post-surgery

We also offer these special services:

  • infant massage
  • kinesiotaping
  • neuro-developmental treatment
  • ordering medical equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, bath chairs, commodes, etc.)
  • acquisition and management of orthotics and prosthetics
  • referrals to other health care professionals and community resources

All individual therapy sessions last one half-hour to one hour in duration. Most children come for therapy one or two times per week. Our therapy combines range-of-motion/stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, therapeutic exercise, and play activities to facilitate movement. Our physical therapy gym features LiteGait overhead body-supported treadmill training, stairs, treadmills, ramps, wedges, and a variety of benches, balls, and other equipment.

Our Team

Our physical therapy team is composed of four physical therapists with more than 50 years of combined pediatric experience. All therapists are licensed through the New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy and are NDT trained. We work exclusively with pediatric patients. Our team includes therapists who are doctorate- and master’s-level trained. Our certifications include:

  • board-certified pediatric clinical specialist
  • certified kinesiotaping practitioner
  • certified infant massage practitioner
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