October is National Physical Therapy Month! Please take a moment to meet our very own pediatric physical therapist: Julia Slocik. Julia has been with STEPS for Kids for 2 years. She is a very valuable member of our staff who brings experience, knowledge and fun to her therapy programs. Julia is passionate about working with kids and families and especially enjoys working with infants and toddlers!
Julia graduated from Marquette University with a BS in Physical Therapy in 1992. Over the last 20 years, Julia has worked in a variety of settings with both children and adults in the fields of orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation. She has specialized in pediatric rehabilitation for over 5 years and has focused her interests especially in working with infants and toddlers. She has advanced training in treating the conditions of torticollis and plagiocephaly in infants and is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor. Her expertise is well utilized when working with young children who have congenital anomalies, birth related orthopedic conditions and generalized developmental delays related to physical development.
Julia’s practice is not limited to babies and toddlers as she also enjoys working with older children who have both orthopedic and neurological conditions. She has experience working with children who toe walk, have cerebral palsy, show signs of balance and coordination disorders or have hypotonia. Whether the child was born with a condition that limits physical function or has an acquired limitation due to illness or injury, Julia is able to thoroughly assess performance and address the underlying issues limiting the child’s success.
Julia believes that physical therapy can improve a child’s quality of life by treating the conditions contributing to developmental delays and impeding functional independence. She uses treatment approaches that facilitate full recovery when possible with a goal of returning the child to full activities when there has been an injury or illness. Her treatment focuses on maximizing abilities within limitations due to chronic illness or condition while helping the family and the child learn how to be proactive in offsetting future issues in physical skills and development.
When working with children, Julia recognizes the importance of treatment designed to meet the needs of both the child and the family. This includes therapy activities that are age appropriate and play based, home activities that are manageable and adapted as needed, referrals to community based services when appropriate and support for concerns that may arise after the child has been released from PT.
If you have concerns about your child’s physical development you can contact your child’s physician and discuss a PT evaluation or contact the clinic to schedule a screening. We can be reached by phone (630-552-9890) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we look forward to working with you and your child!