Physical Therapy

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The pediatric physical therapy department at Dayton Children's specializes in evaluating and treating problems related to mobility, strength, coordination, balance, flexibility, pain and developmental concerns, such as sitting, crawling and walking. Therapists in our department use standardized tests to determine the level of function in these areas.

Pediatric physical therapists hold a bachelorís or masterís degree and are licensed by the state of Ohio. Pediatric physical therapist assistants are also licensed by the state, hold associateís degrees and carry out all aspects of patient treatment under the supervision of a physical therapist.

Conditions We Treat

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Head and spinal cord injury
  • Diabetes
  • Down syndrome
  • Developmental delay
  • Prematurity
  • Arthritis
  • Burns
  • Orthopedic injuries in children less than 13 years of age
  • Genetic disorders
  • Cancer
  • Torticollis

Services We Offer

  • Wheelchair seating/positioning
  • Equipment needs
  • Family teaching
  • Jobst (pressure) garment fittings
  • Adaptive equipment clinic
  • Sensory integration

Meet Our Team

Medical Director: Eileen Kasten, MD

Director: Terry Wiegel, MS, CCC-SLP

Manager: Janet Squiers, PT 


Adaptive Equipment Clinic
Children are evaluated for wheeled mobility/equipment needs by OT/PT and an equipment vendor. The program requires a prescription from the child’s physician.

Sensory Integration
Treatment to improve the child's ability to process and integrate sensory information from the vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile receptors.  Children treated include those with mental retardation, development delays, autism and cerebral palsy. 

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Appointments are made by referral only from a physician.



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