Physical therapists must have an advanced education, which means a master’s or doctoral degree that includes a one-year clinical residency. They must be licensed by the state they practice in. Some physical therapists can choose an additional certification as a pediatric physical therapist, specializing in caring for children and adolescents and the diseases and conditions that affect pediatric patients most often.
Physical therapists who care for children understand infant and childhood anatomy and development. They often are specially trained in using play to engage your child in therapy and in teaching your child how to move or participate in activities safely.