You can determine if your child needs physical therapy if they frequently complain of pain or difficulty in performing gross motor tasks. Children who walk in an atypical/awkward manner or have difficulty rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, jumping, running or skipping may also be in need of physical therapy. If the child falls and trips often while walking he can also benefit from physical therapy.

Infants who have a preference for turning or tilting their head to one side or those who have a hemiplegic pattern i.e. difficulty in using one side of their body also can reap the benefits from physical therapy. Children who have difficulty keeping up with their peers during play and also those who have been through surgical procedure and are unable to resume a normal level of function should be given physical therapy.