Pediatrics

Pediatric Physical Therapy

Carrie Kane, PT, DPT

Carrie Kane, PT, DPT has 8 years of pediatric physical therapy experience in a variety of settings, including outpatient care, early intervention services, school settings, and adaptive recreation. She is able to provide therapy to children and their families in their home, community, schools, and clinics. Carrie is experienced in and comfortable working with pediatric patients from birth to their transition to adulthood. In addition to treating patients with a wide range of diagnoses, including autism, developmental delay, neurodevelopmental disorders, genetic disorders, and orthopedic conditions, she can also evaluate a child for equipment needs. Carrie has additional training in aquatic therapy and possess a Certificate in Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency.

Her philosophy of pediatric care encompasses treating the child as part of the whole family system, having fun as much as possible, and prioritizing those skills a child needs to participate in play activities with other kids. When a child is able to play, they are learning and moving, and that is the ultimate goal!

Are early detection and treatment important for children?

Yes, children with unspecified motor delays benefit from early detection and early access to treatment. Movement is a precursor to speech development, language development, cognitive development, and social and emotional development. When a child can move, they can learn and explore their environment and the people in it. It is well documented in research that children with a motor delay who start physical therapy as early as possible will show less delays in other areas and may “catch up” to their peers by school-age.

When a child has a specific disorder that will limit movement long-term, the physical therapist can work to provide alternative mobility for the child through adaptive equipment. Even children under a year of age can learn to use adaptive equipment to navigate their environment.

Pediatricians are often able to “catch” these motor delays sooner than they may otherwise be noticed. With any concern about a child’s movement, a referral should be made to pediatric physical therapy. The therapist will evaluate and determine whether the child may benefit from therapy. Please, don’t hesitate to refer a child for therapy – the sooner, the better.

What conditions can Carrie treat?

  • Developmental Delay
  • Torticollis
  • Plagiocephaly (commonly called “flat head” in babies)
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder/Dyspraxia
  • Toe-walking
  • Hypotonia/low muscle tone
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Motor difficulties associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or ADHD
  • Muscle weakness associated with prolonged childhood illness
  • Motor delay associated with Down Syndrome
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Mitochondrial Disease
  • Genetic Disorders affecting motor development
  • Orthopedic Injuries
  • Pes Planus/overpronation/flat-feet

What are the advantages of working with Carrie at VTPT?

  • VTPT is located in a great central location in downtown Burlington with off-street parking
  • VTPT provides quick access to treatment – appointments often available within the same week
  • Aquatic therapy can be provided through a partnership with the Greater Burlington YMCA
  • Home visits and community visits may be available based on your child’s goals and needs
  • Carrie is committed to collaborating with a child’s pediatrician, other medical staff associated with the child’s care, and the child’s school therapist