Getting Your Child to Physical Therapy Can be the Hardest Part of Rehabilitation
Tips on How to Motivate Your Child
Often, physicians recommend physical therapy for children who have suffered an injury from sports or an accident. It’s important to get them the proper care to ensure they heal properly, but getting motivated for physical therapy sessions is hard enough for any adult, let alone getting your child interested.
At Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation (APT&R) we strive to make physical therapy interesting and fun for both children and adults, but here are a few tips to get your kid to look forward to physical therapy.
- Lead by example. If you partake in any exercise or physical therapy program, be sure to be upbeat about attending so your child will be, too.
- Make it a routine. Be sure that you set a schedule for your child to attend their physical therapy program and try not to diverge too often. A routine enables you and your child to prepare for your physical therapy visits.
- Make it fun. Make physical therapy more like a sport than something your child has to do and they will be more motivated to participate.
- Provide positive reinforcement. Be sure to let your child know when they are doing well during and after their physical therapy session. Remind them when milestones are reached. If they are still sidelined from a sport until they complete their physical therapy, be sure to let them know when they’re closer to returning to their activity.
Once you get your child to APT&R, be rest assured that our therapists have all the right tools and techniques to keep your child interested in coming back for more. We work tirelessly to ensure children get back to the activities and sports they love, while enjoying their time at physical therapy.
For more information, feel free to contact us at (732) 494-0895.