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what is being a pediatric physical therapist like?

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When i grow up, i want to be a pediatric physical therapist. I love little kids, and i’ve always wanted to be a nurse. But me and blood/needles/veins don’t go together, i would end up passing out every time I delt with it. So being a PT sounds like a good job for me. Is it hard to get into a PT school? Is it a competitive school? How long does it take to become one? What subjects do you need to be really good at?

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  1. Mary

    PT is a graduate degree and competitive. During undergrad, you need to take gen bio, chemistry, physics, A and P, math, psy and liberal arts/ gen ed classes. It usually takes 7 years of school.

    I am a pediatric PT. I love what I do. I work in the public schools. I work with kids kindergarten to age 21. We work on functioning in schools, being able to participate in PT, sit in a chair, walk in a line, sit at circle, order equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, adapted desks and chairs. I help kids learn to walk, run, skip. and do stairs. I also teach kids to operate the elevator if needed. I make recommendations on emergency evacuation, elevator passes, extra sets of books, personal aides and much much more. I also train the child’s team in anything related their care such as transfers, equipment use, put on braces etc. I work on improving their ability to read by working on crossing mid line, and eye hand coordination. I work on a team of OT, speech, psy, adaptive PE, PE, special ed teachers. I have also work with kids birth to 5 at home during early intervention and preschool. I have experience working with multiply handicapped children who are too involved to go to public school and go to an agency placement or ‘special school’. Other pediatric therapist work in private practice, rehab facilities or children’s hospital.

    In PT school;l. you learn all of the specialties, but you would do a pediatric internship/clinical, and focus your dissertation on a pediatric topic. During undergrad, you may want to take a child development class and an intro to special ed. class if you have some free electives.

    Best wishes




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