What is Pediatric Physical Therapy?
Pediatric physical therapists provide support and services for children (birth to 21 years) with developmental disabilities, and their families, aimed at developing, restoring and improving mobility to improve quality of life. These services are provided in homes, schools, and community settings, as well as in hospitals and clinics. Pediatric physical therapy benefits children and their families/caregivers by promoting activity and participation in everyday routines, increasing functional independence, enhancing learning opportunities, improving strength and endurance, facilitating motor development and mobility, and easing the challenges of daily caregiving. In addition to direct intervention and consultation, pediatric physical therapists promote health and fitness for children with all levels of ability and provide information to and collaborate with families and other medical, developmental, and educational specialists. (http://www.moveforwardpt.com/forhealthcareprofessionals)
Dr. Aliza Feuerstein is the owner of PTatric Therapy, LLC. She received her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (now Rutgers) and graduated with the highest Academic Excellence award. Following the completion of her coursework Aliza participated in a clinical affiliation at Bergen County Special Services of NJ where she co-authored a published research study on the effects of Kinesio Taping® on children with low muscle tone. After this affiliation, Aliza began working at a hospital based pediatric rehabilitation center providing evaluation and treatment to children ages 0-12 with a wide range of diagnoses including developmental delay, neurological disorders, torticollis/plagiocephaly, toe-walking and orthopedic injuries. Aliza is a certified school based therapist and treats students ages kindergarten through high school at a specialized school in New Jersey for students primarily with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other related disabilities.
Aliza is a Pediatric Board Certified Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). This is one of the highest designations available in the physical therapy profession. As per the ABPTS website "The specialist certification program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a special area of practice and to assist consumers and the health care community in identifying these physical therapists."
Aliza is proud of her niche practice of the treatment of Torticollis and Plagiocephaly (“flat- head syndrome”). She is versed on current research and practice guidelines for both evaluation and treatment of these diagnoses. She is well equipped to take detailed cranial and facial measurements to help parents determine the appropriate plan of care for their baby.
Aliza understands the importance of continuing education and has focused her training in areas including; torticollis, sensory integration disorder and NDT facilitation techniques. As the daughter of a highly esteemed physical therapist Aliza has an innate understanding of the importance of quality physical therapy for all populations. As a mother of three young children Aliza can truly relate to the parents’ role in the success of a child’s treatment plan. She works closely with parents to ensure that each child’s goals are specific to allow for optimization of function in their environments.