Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is an evidence-based practice in which physical therapists work with families and caregivers to increase a child’s participation in routines of daily life that are challenging. They promote opportunities during free play and structured play to develop and practice the movement skills common to your child’s age group. Physical therapists work on increasing strength and coordination and walking safely and efficiently in all needed environments, such as negotiating stairs.

Physical therapy can be very similar to Occupational therapy.  Physical therapy focuses on improving the movement of the human body.  Occupational therapy also deals with the physical condition, mobility, and rehabilitation, but its primary focus to helping people conduct their day to day activities, with ease.

Physical therapists work with parents and teachers to increase awareness about the impact of ASD on school functioning to minimize each child’s challenges and help make the school experience a positive one. Physical therapists recommend modifications and accommodations to support learning. Examples include using ball chairs to reduce “out-of-seat behaviors,” and using hula hoops, carpet squares, or specially placed seating to identify personal space. They provide whole-class movement breaks and use strategies like “motor learning” to teach the movement skills needed to participate in social games and peer interactions.

Physical therapists can provide direct help when needed to improve a child’s ability to negotiate challenges, such as school bus steps, crowded hallways, cafeterias, and playgrounds. They work together with school teams to promote skills like self-regulation, listening, and taking turns. Strategies are provided to teach the child how to imitate the movement activities of other children and coordination as well as to promote success in physical education and fitness activities.

It is important to have a physical therapist who is experienced in treating individuals with ASD.

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Local Resources

Brockton Physical Therapy
3908 10th St, Riverside (951) 274-7744
4343 Market St. Suite B, Riverside (951) 274-7744
164 W. Hospitality Ln, Suite 5, San Bernardino (951) 274-7744
Sensory Integration specialist, Gross motor development specialist, Autism; Cerebral Palsy; Failure to thrive and all neurological and orthopedic conditions treated. Please call directly for further information or to schedule a free phone consultation.

The California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides FREE physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy services to children from birth to 18 years of age. Children are eligible for our services if they: would benefit from home-based or virtual therapy services (as determined by the evaluating therapist), are not receiving or eligible to receive therapy services from any other agency or professional, parent/guardian MUST be present for all therapy sessions and be actively involved to follow through with home activities/suggestions from therapists and have an environment in which services can be provided safely to meet the child’s therapy goals. We will also require a therapy prescription from a doctor within the first 45 days of beginning the therapy service.  Anyone can refer a child to our services at any time. Simply contact Samantha Bell, PT, DPT via phone 909-501-2408 or email at to begin the referral process. For more information please check out our website at:

Casa Colina – The A. Gary Anderson Children’s Services Center
255 East Bonita Avenue, Pomona
(909) 596-7733 x4200 or 1-(800) 926-5462
Offers occupational and physical therapy, private speech and language therapy, feeding therapy, early intervention classrooms, adaptive playground equipment that is wheelchair accessible and specialty doctors. Writing Workshops for children ages 6 -12 who struggle with the mechanics of writing cursive or printing are available in the summer.  Most PPO’s accepted.

Educational Therapy Assessment & Services (ETAS)
34590 County Lane Rd. Ste. 7, Yucaipa
(909) 795-4255
Insurance and Private/Parent Pay as well as IRC and District referrals.  Provides the DAISY Project Diagnostic Screening Clinic as well as Occupational, Physical, Speech, Behavioral and Developmental Therapy Services.  Provides early intervention services to infants, 0-3 Infant ABA/Early Autism Intervention; 3-6 Preschool ABA/Intensive Autism Intervention; Before/After School and School Break Social Mixers for preschool and elementary age students at various locations throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, including the Coachella Valley; and onsite and in-home respite care.  In addition, offers a parent Retreat Program 1st Sat. an evening of the month 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for children with autism and their siblings. Reservations Required.  Serves children and their families throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, including desert and mountain regions.

Horizon Therapy Services
8265 White Oak Ave. Rancho Cucamonga
(909) 373-1641
Provides Physical and Occupational Therapy, along with Speech and Language Pathology services and feeding therapy.

Inland Children’s Therapy, Inc.
10431 Commerce St. # A, Redlands
(909) 783-1111
Physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Leaps & Bounds Pediatric Therapy
(951) 340-0431
2200 Hamner Ave Ste 107, Norco, CA 92860
Leaps & Bounds Pediatric Therapy is dedicated to providing specialized services for children and adults who have challenges participating in typical age-appropriate activities. Our highly trained team works together to deliver individualized family-centered care for each person. Our team of PATH International Certified riding instructors and physical, occupational and speech therapists are professionals committed to the highest standards of practice. Our non-profit board of directors works hard to raise funds to support our programs, to keep costs low. Our entire staff works together to create a fun and fulfilling experience. We offer Clinical Rehabilitation Services (including treatments on horseback), Equine Assisted Activities and Adaptive Riding for recreation, socialization, or fitness. Coming January 2018, “Ranch Club” will be offering Sibling Support for brothers & sisters of special needs children. We look forward to hearing from you!

Littlefield Physical Therapy Inc.
41421 Date St. #101, Murrieta, California 92562
(855) 454 3784
Offers Physical Therapy and Occupational therapy (Mon-Fri 8:30-6:00 pm).

Loma Linda University Medical Center Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation
11406 Loma Linda Drive, Loma Linda
(909) 558-6144
Outpatient Rehabilitation offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or speech and language pathology. Accepts Medi-Cal, many insurances, and private pay.  A physician referral may be needed.

Rapha Physical Therapy
4959 Palo Verde Street, Suite 104A, Montclair
(909) 971-3092
Work with children in the clinic, homes and schools. Provide a number of services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, services as well as specialized health education classes to meet the needs of the ones we serve. Accepts many insurances including IEHP and Molina.

6848 Magnolia Ave #200, Riverside (951) 779-1966
9050 Pulsar Ct., Corona (951) 603.3119
Works with children and adults who are developmentally disabled. Provides services in the areas of speech and language, occupational therapy – including sensory services, and some educational therapy such as Therapeutic Listening, as well as behavioral supports. Affiliated with a non-profit that provides Hippotherapy (therapeutic horseback riding). Currently accepts insurance for Kaiser Permanente and Beaver Medical Group. Please contact them for hourly rates for privately funded programs.

Up & Movin’ Pediatric Physical Therapy
6180 Brockton Ave. Suite 202, Riverside
(951) 684-6500
Besides offering physical, speech and occupational therapy, Offers yoga classes, dance Classes, Fitness For Kids, Language & Literacy Classes, Social Skills Groups, Cooking & Eating For The Picky Eater, Handwriting & Crafts, Sensory Exploration & Motor Skills Development and Toddler Play & Move.  Accepts over 20 different insurances.

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