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Small Strides Physical Therapy provides mobile, in-home or community based therapy services to children ages 0-5 years in the greater Newburyport, MA area.  

Nursing newborn baby

Head Flattening

Education on optimal positioning to encourage counter pressure to flat parts of head and stretching to decrease body tension that may be contributing to flatness.

Sleeping baby with a pink blanket indicating torticollis / neck tightness

Torticollis/Neck Tightness

Improvement of flexibility and symmetry of development with a whole body strengthening and strretching approach.

Sleepy baby

Oral Ties/
Oral Motor Dysfunction

Pre and Post therapy for tongue/lip  releases.  Assessment and guidance around areas of oral motor difficulty and how it may be affecting the child's general mobility and acquisition of gross motor milestones.

Crawling baby, developmental delay

Developmental Delay

Therapy focuses in on your child's ability and where to progress to.  Such skills as tummy time, rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, stairs, and jumping are emphasized.


Initial Evaluation

Girl crawling in tube

The initial evaluation will determine your child's current gross abilities, develop a plan of care, including family-oriented goals, and provide your family with treatment options. The length of the evaluation will depend on the specific concerns, the assessments that need to be performed, and the child's ability to follow directions, but is commonly around 60 minutes long.

After the evaluation, if treatments are recommended, a plan will be established for the frequency and length of sessions.  Generally, treatments occur in a weekly, bimonthly, or monthly fashion depending on the needs of the child and the family's comfort with carryover.  The length of treatments will commonly be from 45-60 minutes depending on the child's tolerance.


Helping child stand

Wellness Check

Happy girl jumping on pillow

Wellness checks consist of a 45-minute session focusing on ways to encourage age-appropriate gross motor development in order to avoid chances of future complications.  Education will be provided on gross motor milestones, age-appropriate toys, environmental set up, purposeful play activities, and ways to promote continued growth for your child.  This service cannot be reimbursed by insurance.

Dr. Erin Ward is a pediatric physical therapist who specializes in developmental delays, plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome), torticollis (head turn preference), and tongue ties. Small Strides Pediatric Physical Therapy offers services in-home or community-based environments for children ages 0-5 years in the areas surrounding Newburyport, MA (Newburyport, Amesbury, Newbury, West Newbury, Georgetown, Ipswich, Rowley, Salisbury, Boxford, Merrimac, Groveland, Haverhill).

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