Techniques helping to make everyday activities easier for children of all ages.

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Approaches and techniques

IRG Cascade Children’s Therapy – Mill Creek provides physical therapy services to children using one or more of their various treatment approaches, including:

Evaluation of developmental skills

When you schedule with one of our expert pediatric physical therapists, they will work with your child in a fun and engaging manner to assess gross and fine motor development in relation to their age. Our providers commonly use tools such as:

  • Bayley Scales of Infant Development
  • Peabody Developmental Motor Scales
  • Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency
  • Movement Assessment of Infants (MAI)
  • “Infant/Toddler Symptom Checklist: A Screening Tool for Parents” by Georgia A. Degangi, Susan Poisson, Ruth Z. Sickel and Andrea Santman Weiner
  • Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS)

Range of motion and muscle strength are also evaluated and monitored on an ongoing basis.

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Therapy modalities and tools

After evaluation, our providers will work with your child with one or more of these modalities and tools that best suit their needs:


LiteGait® is a body-weight-supported suspension system that allows therapists to facilitate the development of proper walking patterns for children who are not yet walking or with gait deficits within a safe and supportive environment. Using the system’s two central components (a harness and a treadmill), therapists can adjust the amount of weight born by a child to train proper coordination and patterns of walking.

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)

NMES is a form of mild electrical stimulation that is used to strengthen muscles. It can be beneficial for children who have joint mobility challenges caused by shortened muscles or tendons; muscle weakness from disuse; prolonged muscle contraction; and/or gait abnormalities. This form of therapy is also used in rehabilitation for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. NMES is often used in conjunction with other forms of therapy to normalize muscle tone and improve functional abilities.

Kinesio Taping®

The goals of Kinesio Taping® are to facilitate or inhibit muscle activity and to increase blood flow and lymph flow to a given area. This technique is used for children of all ages with a wide variety of conditions to enhance movement and function.

Kinesio® Tape is a very thin, porous cotton fabric with a medical-grade acrylic adhesive. The tape is latex-free, non-medicated and designed to be worn for three to four days. Kinesio® Tape is skin-friendly – irritation is rare.