Children's Specialized Hospital Physical Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

The Family Advisory Council at Children’s Specialized Hospital is dedicated to
collaborating with Hospital leadership and staff -- empowering families to
provide valuable input toward improving organizational policies and practices.
The Council has created the information below to assist in
preparing for your visit.
 
Physical Therapy:
Questions Often Asked By Our Families

WHAT IS AN PT EVALUATION ALL ABOUT?
Q: Why is my child seeing a Physical Therapist?
A: Your pediatrician or another health care professional may have referred you to a pediatric
physical therapist to evaluate your child’s mobility, strength, balance, coordination, and ability to
function in their environment. The physical therapist will work closely with you and your family to
understand your concerns for your child, partner with you to develop goals and a treatment plan to
accomplish those goals.
 
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY VISIT?
Q: What will happen during the evaluation?
A: Using a computer, the physical therapist will take a medical history. They will ask questions about
your child’s birth, illnesses, medications, development (when they sat, walked etc) and what things
your child can do now. You may also be asked to complete a form asking you questions about your
child’s abilities. The therapist will do a physical examination, checking the mobility in your child’s
joints, posture, muscle strength and will look at how your child functions. Depending on the age of
your child the therapist will observe your child rolling, crawling, sitting, walking, running, hopping
and throwing and catching a ball. The therapist may use a computer during the evaluation to document
their findings.
 
Q: How long will the evaluation take?
A: The evaluation will take approximately 60-90 minutes.
 
Q: Will there be time to discuss the findings? If therapy is recommended how long will
my child need services?
A: The physical therapist will discuss the initial evaluation findings with you at the end of the
evaluation. They will discuss areas for improvement, a plan of care, and suggestions for physical
therapy treatment. They will also talk about the plan for discharge when therapy ends.
 
Q: What is my role during the evaluation?
A: The therapist will ask you questions regarding your child’s medical history, development, areas of
concern and what your goals for therapy are. The therapist will let you know if they need any help
during the evaluation.
 
Q: When will I get a report?
A: You should receive a written report within 3 weeks.
 
WHAT CAN I DO TO BEST PREPARE FOR MY VISIT?
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Please bring:
 
-A current photo ID (license)
-Insurance card
-Referral if needed
-Prescription
-School reports
-Prior evaluations
-Name/addresses of individuals you might want the report sent to
-Current list of medications
-Bring any equipment that your child regularly uses.
 
**Many parents also find it helpful to bring a list of questions to ask the therapist.
 
Q: What should my child wear?
A: Please have your child wear loose comfortable clothing and a pair of socks. It may be necessary
for the therapist to remove some of your child’s clothing to see how your child breathes or the
position of your child’s legs. Children with orthopedic concerns may want to bring a pair of shorts.
 
Q: Can I bring my other children?
A: If possible, it is recommended that siblings stay home so that the parent can give their undivided
attention during the evaluation. Understanding that childcare is sometimes difficult, when bringing
siblings, it may be helpful to bring another adult and activities to occupy the siblings during the
evaluation.
 
Will insurance pay for my visits?
Q: What if therapy is recommended, will my insurance pay for it?
A: Medical coverage will vary, but many health insurance plans cover our services. Please contact
your insurance company to verify if your plan offers a benefit for physical therapy services. If
therapy is recommended, our Patient Access Service will obtain authorization for treatment. Once
the treatment is approved, you will receive a phone call from our scheduling department to schedule
an appointment for treatment. There is a wait for after school therapy.
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