How do I know if my child needs to see a Pediatric Physical Therapist?
Parents frequently ask these questions. Many parents are new to the special needs of their infants. A Pediatric Physical Therapist should evaluate any child whose physical function falls below normal standards. The following are some conditions for parents, teachers, and doctors to watch for:
- Torticollis (head tilted to one side)
- Delays in gross motor development (i.e., rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, walking)
- Asymmetrical body use (uses one arm or leg more than the other)
- Abnormal or poor posture
- Limited or excessive joint mobility
- Floppiness or stiffness in muscle tone
- Difficulty with balance and coordination
- Excessive clumsiness
- “W” Sitting
- Awkward jumping or running patterns
- Toe walking
- Genetic disorders
- Walking difficulties
How do I get started?
If your child’s doctor has recommended Physical Therapy for your child, please call our office at 914-421-9392 to schedule an initial evaluation. We need a written prescription from your referring doctor with the child’s name and diagnosis. You can bring in the prescription at the time of your first appointment, or the doctor can fax the prescription directly to our office at 914-946-8723. We will schedule your child within 24-48 hours.
We work very closely with you, your child, your family members, and your doctor to maximize the results for your child!
How do I pay for the services?
Most insurance companies consider Physical Therapy 4 Kids an out–of–network provider. Payment is due at the time services are rendered by either check or cash. The family is provided with a statement with the appropriate billing and diagnosis codes for them to submit directly to their insurance company for reimbursement.
Regarding insurance, we work closely with each family to minimize their out of pocket expenses. We are considered an “In-Network Exception” for United Healthcare/Oxford and the New York State Empire Plan (NYSHIP). For these two plans, we will call for pre-authorization, and once received, we will bill the insurance company, and the family only pays the co-pay at the time of the visit. For certain other insurance companies, we will call to arrange an In for Out Exception, a Single Case Agreement, Gap Care Coverage, or a Network Deficiency exception whenever possible.
Cancellation Policy: We request 24-hour notice when possible. We do understand that sudden illness and unexpected situations arise. We reserve the right to charge for the missed session with less than 24-hour notice.
How long are the treatment sessions?
- Initial evaluations are 1-hour long.
- Follow-up sessions are 45-minutes long.
Our primary goal is to evaluate, treat, and discharge the child. We work with your child and you so that they achieve their goals in a timely manner.
Does Physical Therapy 4 Kids work with other practitioners?
We have a list of practitioners who we work closely with and refer to when necessary.
These professionals include:
- Pediatric Orthopedists
- Pediatric Neurologists
- Pediatric Craniofacial Surgeons
- Pediatric Rheumatologists
- Pediatric Ophthalmologists
- Pediatric ENT Specialists
- Pediatric Physiatrists
- Pediatric Orthotists
- Pediatric Occupational Therapists
- Pediatric Speech Therapists
- Special Educators
- and more
We also have a network of pediatric recreational programs for:
- Therapeutic Horseback Riding
- Aquatic Programs
- Dance Programs
- Music programs
- and many more