Real Insight on Transitioning from Adult to Pediatric Physical Therapy

Real Insight on Transitioning from Adult to Pediatric Physical Therapy

Is a Pediatric Physical Therapy Job for You?


Pediatric physical therapy focuses on helping children develop the skills they need to grow into functional, independent adults. Physical impairment, injuries and a host of other issues can hamper a child’s ability to perform common tasks or progress normally through the stages of social or cognitive development. The longer a child goes without learning these skills, the more the problem compounds as the child ages—which makes the skills of a pediatric therapist critical to their patients.


Benefits of Switching from Adult Therapy to Pediatric Therapy Jobs


It is never too late for a career change, especially if that career change resides in the same industry as your current job. In fact, several of the speech therapists at Little Lukes started their career in nursing homes and hospitals.


Adult therapy offers a fulfilling career, but pediatrics offers benefits you are not able to get in any other setting. We interviewed one of our pediatric physical therapists who had formerly worked in adult physical therapy jobs, about why they switched and why they love working in pediatrics. According to Brian F., Little Lukes Speech Physical Therapist, here are the main benefits of choosing or switching to a PT career in pediatric therapy.


Brian F., Little Lukes Physical Therapist


Q: What settings have you worked in?


Brian: I have been with Little Lukes for over 9 years. I started at the Radisson Little Lukes and remained there for 6 years. I then moved to school-aged for the last 4 years. During the 9 years, I've also worked as an itinerant therapist working with both preschool and school-age children in various districts, performed evaluations, and supervised multiple PTA's. Before joining Little Lukes, I worked as an out-patient PT specializing in sports-related injuries for 4 years.


Q: What do you like most about working in the pediatric or preschool setting?


Brian: The versatility and resiliency of children! Nothing seems to affect them! I love their honesty and it truly warms my heart to see them improve in their gross motor skills.


Q: What made you want to switch settings and work with kids versus adults?


Brian: I was getting drained with dealing with insurance companies denying services that my adult population truly needed. It was also frustrating to me to have many patients try to take advantage of the workers compensation system.


Q: How has working with kids changed your perspective?  (life/goals/work/therapy)


Brian: The children that I work with continue to enrich me with hope, love of life, and love of my career. Their rich curiosity enables me to constantly seek more answers and information to advance my career.


Q: Why would you encourage new grad therapists to work for pediatric therapy preschool like Little Lukes?


Brian: I love working at Little Lukes because of the family atmosphere that I share with other therapists, co-workers, and supervisors. It is a company that encourages family-first, advancement in your career, and fully supports you along your career journey.


Q: Anything else you’d like to say about working with Little Lukes Preschool?


Brian: Working for Little Lukes over 9 years has been a joy and blessing that I cannot fully express in words. The support that I have received and the ability to work with such amazing people has truly been life changing.


Best Preschool and Schools for Physical Therapist Jobs


Little Lukes is a leading Syracuse and Oswego County education provider with five inclusion preschool locations. The early education program includes credentialed and caring staff that specializes in comprehensive infant, toddler and pre-kindergarten development. Additional services include pediatric speech therapy, pediatric physical therapy and pediatric occupational therapy. Preschool locations include Dewitt (East Syracuse), Baldwinsville (Radisson), Oswego, Fulton, and Pulaski.


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