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Pediatric Physical Therapy Services

Moving around our world is how we learn, explore, play and build relationships. Sometimes there are obstacles to moving our bodies in ways that don’t allow us to accomplish these things. We believe that it is never too early to get the support necessary to develop the motor skills to reach each child’s full physical potential and be the very best they can be. 

Our Physical Therapists work with children from newborns to teens. Our Physical Therapist and Physical Therapy assistants help children build strength, coordination, balance and movement skills, increasing their ability to participate in all life’s activities. There are many approaches to meet your child’s individual needs and our PT’s and PTA’s are skilled in providing them. 

Does your child need Physical Therapy?

For Infants: 

Infants can develop stiff neck muscles and/or flat heads, known as Torticollis and/or Plagiocephaly, often from being on their backs. Since babies are encouraged to sleep on their backs for the first six months of life, this is becoming more common.

Providing PT services within the first several months of life is important in preventing vision, fine motor movement challenges from developing later. If your baby is looking and/or tilting their head in one direction, or the back of their head appears to be flattening, let’s work together to create a plan of care for your child. 

Does your child seem to move one side more than the other? Does your child have trouble moving?

 

These may be signs that your baby may benefit from support to help them move better.

Are you concerned your child is physically behind other kids their own age?

If you have concerns, it needs to be addressed. You know your child best. If you’re worries about your child’s physical development, please call your Primary Care Physician or call to schedule an eval. 

 

Some common diagnosis for Physical Therapy:

  • Autism spectrum disorder                              
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Childhood stroke
  • Delayed milestones
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spina bifida
  • Seizure disorder
  • Toe walking
  • Torticollis
  • Gait abnormalities  

 

 

 

Meet the Team

Patti Rawding-Anderson, MS. PT

Patti Rawding-Anderson, MS. PT

Executive Director

Patti is a physical therapist of over 30 years with extensive experience in pediatric program development throughout many states. She has worked tirelessly to support the needs of children and families in a wide array of venues and has created over 60 pediatric programs for children of all abilities and all ages. She has considerable expertise in working with infants and young children and has taught extensively on many topics related to children with developmental challenges. She has worked with a wide array of neurological, orthopedic, and sensory challenges, and partners with specialists in the field to host both equipment and orthotics clinics on site.

Jennifer, DPT

Jennifer, DPT

Physical Therapist

Jen graduated from American International College with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011. She was a member of the Women’s basketball team while there. Jen has been working in pediatrics since graduating with experience in early intervention, school systems, outpatient clinics and aquatics. She has been with Reach for the Top since 2017 and enjoys working with children of all ages with a variety of skill levels as well as their families. Jen resides in the Seacoast area with her husband, two kids and Labrador retriever. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach, working out and watching sports, especially the Patriots!

Molly, PTA

Molly, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Molly graduated from Hesser College in 2009 with an associate’s degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She began her career in pediatrics for 6 years, then transitioned to a skilled nursing facility for 4 years, and now returns to her first passion of working with children. Molly holds licenses in ME and NH. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and playing with her dogs.

Claire, PTA

Claire, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Claire graduated from the University of Maine at Presque Isle with her Associate’s Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2015. Claire comes to us with experience in Pediatrics and loves the pediatric field. Claire’s bubbly and outgoing personality brings out the best in her patients. She is always laughing and making her sessions fun with the kids. In addition to being a PTA Claire is also our Office Manager. She is usually the first person you talk to when you call the clinic. She makes sure that everything is in place before you come in for your visits so it’s a smooth process. Claire enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Make an Appointment

How do I make an appointment?

  1. Give us a call at 603-740-3534 and speak to a knowledgeable staff member to see if these services are right for you! 
  2. Schedule an evaluation

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What about insurance? 

We accept Wellsense, AmeriHealth Caritas, Medicaid, Anthem, United, Tricare, Cigna, and many other forms of insurance. Please call us, 603-740-3534 if you have a question about your specific insurance policy, or need additional support. 

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