Physical therapists’ end goal is for patients to get to the point where they can maintain on their own. In order to do that, they will push your child beyond their comfort zone a little bit. Physical therapists will encourage your child to go beyond what they think they can do to help them live their best life.
Most people only go to therapy a few times each week. Stretching and strengthening exercises need to be done almost daily to get the improvement your child needs. Your child’s exercises are like eating a salad: you’re not going to have a healthy diet if you eat a salad once a week and eat cake the rest of the week, they need to become part of your daily routine. And yes, physical therapists can tell if someone is doing their home exercises or not.