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Physical Therapy at IMPACT

Helping children reach their maximum potential.

IMPACT’s physical therapy program specializes in helping children reach their maximum potential to function independently through promoting active participation in their home, community, classroom, and areas of play. Our physical therapists use their expertise to assess a child’s ability to take part in important physical interactions with the world around them and are highly trained in activities to improve motor skills such as rolling, crawling, walking, running, playing games, and participation in sports.

In addition, our physical therapists work to ensure successful and safe navigation of various environments for children who rely on mobility aids such as wheelchairs, orthotics, and other supports. The physical therapy team incorporates many skilled intervention approaches, including stretching, positioning, soft tissue mobilization, strengthening, balance and coordination activities, gait and cardiopulmonary endurance training to enhance a child’s capabilities and prevent skeletal deformities or muscular contracture.

How can physical therapy help?

Physical therapy through IMPACT provides evaluation, intervention, and consultation in the following areas:

  • Gross motor development
  • Strengthening
  • Motor Learning
  • Tone management
  • Balance and coordination
  • Pre-gait and gait training
  • Movement and mobility
  • Safety Training
  • Adaptation of daily care activities and routines
  • Neuromuscular function
  • Cardiopulmonary endurance
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Environmental adaptations/seating and positioning
  • Wheelchair positioning and mobility
  • Splinting/bracing/orthotics
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What should you expect during the evaluation process?

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to the appointment time to complete the New Patient Paperwork
  • At least one parent must attend the therapist’s evaluation with their child
  • The therapist will discuss assessment outcomes and recommendations with the parent
  • Once the evaluation is complete, the report, or Plan of Care, will be sent to the child’s primary care provider for signature
  • Once IMPACT Therapy receives the signed Plan of Care, it will be sent to insurance for authorization
  • Following authorization for the recommended therapy, the patient will be placed in a permanent weekly therapy time slot or on the waitlist
I am proud to be a part of a team that puts others in front of themselves.
Lawrence Mvrica
IMPACT Foundation Board Member
I can’t say enough great things about The Summer Escape program! Trusting people when you have a child with special needs is often a scary thing. You want to make sure the people surrounding your little one are kind, caring, and able keep them safe. We are so lucky to have found this program and love all of the people who help run things.
Caitlin Huard
The most comforting aspect as a parent, is knowing that my son is in an environment where he can learn and is understood. I am very thankful for the school's mission to educate kids with learning differences and the teachers and administrators that make this happen every day.
Shacarra Sigler
We struggled with the school placement decision, because we wanted to find the right school that would be a good fit for our son. I am so glad that we chose IMPACT; they are so helpful, caring, and understand my son’s specific needs. They have accommodated his needs on so many levels, which I believe would have been unmet at other schools.
Shacarra Sigler
Our son has a rare genetic syndrome, delayed development and learning disabilities. We have been bringing him to IMPACT Tallahassee since he was 1-year-old and he will soon be 10. The staff in the office, the teachers, the aides are all amazing with the children; I'm very impressed with their professionalism and compassion. I personally recommend IMPACT to people on a regular basis.
Teresa Corbet
IMPACT Tallahassee and their staff have become such an important part of our lives over the last 9 years. We couldn't imagine not being there on a weekly basis.
Teresa Corbet