Pediatric Physical Therapist Job Description

A pediatric physical therapist is a therapist who treats children who have disabilities or injuries.

Pediatric physical therapists may work closely with parents, teachers, and other medical professionals.

Pediatric physical therapists also work with children who present with developmental delays, disabilities, and injuries.

These injuries may range from birth injuries, to cerebral palsy injuries, to sports injuries.

“A pediatric physical therapist works with children who have disabilities or injuries," says Andrea Phillips, PTA, a pediatric physical therapist at Sprout Colorado.

"Our goal as a pediatric physical therapist is to return a child to their functional potential through therapeutic intervention

Updated on:     
September 15, 2022

Job Brief:

We're looking for a Pediatric Physical Therapist to join our team! We provide therapy services to children of all ages and abilities. We're looking for a therapist who is passionate about helping children reach their full potential. If you're a PT who loves working with kids, we want to hear from you!

Pediatric Physical Therapist Duties:

  • Assist in helping children maximize potential in skills learned in school and at home, and become confident, competent, and successful in both childhood and adulthood
  • Manage physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning of patients
  • Develop treatment programs that create a therapeutic relationship between therapist and patient
  • Assist in evaluating, treating, and documenting patient problems and progress toward goals
  • Collaborate with parents, school personnel, and other health care personnel
  • Attend ward meetings and interdisciplinary conferences
  • Provide in-service training to school personnel and community groups
  • Assist in the creation of an outcomes-based reimbursement system
  • Document treatment progress and report to parents and school personnel

Pediatric Physical Therapist Responsibilities:

  • Clinical license as an Physical Therapist
  • Substantiated experience in pediatric physical therapy
  • Knowledge of rehabilitation of children with disabilities
  • Ability to assess patients’ functional abilities
  • Ability to manage and supervise therapy staff
  • Experience in planning and organization
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

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Requirements And Skills:

  • Evaluate and perform physical therapy treatments to patients of all ages, and provide instruction to patients, parents, and caregivers during treatments
  • Create treatment plans for conditions including orthopedic, neurological, and cardiopulmonary conditions
  • Encourage patient participation in activities to increase range of motion, strength, endurance, and functional abilities
  • Train patients and their parents, caregivers, and schools on functional activities, exercise, and pain management
  • Perform functional and capacity evaluations
  • Develop and implement individualized treatment plans
  • Attend and participate in meetings, conferences, and in-services
  • Work at assigned locations including hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, long term care facilities, and physician offices

At Company Name, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe in building a diverse and inclusive team and encourage applications from people of all races, religions, national origins, genders, and ages, as well as veterans and individuals.

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