Our pediatric rehabilitation staff provides a variety of services to children, age birth to 21, including occupational, physical, and speech therapy, for those with diagnoses including, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, coordination disorders, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, developmental delay, gross motor delays, apraxia, rare genetic disorders, and orthopaedic disorders.
Our therapists treat children with acute injuries, or long-term illnesses or disabilities. In partnership with parents and caregivers, we strive to ensure children experiencing injuries or developmental delays are able to function more independently.
The therapists work with each child and family to create a customized program specific to that child’s needs. At the start of care, each child receives an individualized evaluation by a licensed pediatric therapist to identify impairments and overall concerns.
Communication problems adversely affect a child’s educational performance, including classroom activities, social interaction, and learning. A speech pathologist can help prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech-related disorders, including:
- Receptive language – understanding each other
- Expressive language – sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings
- Articulation – making sounds and putting them together
- Social communication – greeting, commenting, asking questions, following rules for conversation, and story telling
- Auditory memory
- Following directions
- Expressing ideas clearly
- Learning new vocabulary
- Understanding directions
- Understanding and retaining details of a story
- Phonological awareness
- Memory skills
- Speech diagnoses we treat include, but are not limited to:
- Auditory processing
- Hard of hearing
- Language delay
- Cochlear implants
The registered and licensed occupational pediatric therapists on our team focus on helping children achieve independence in all areas of their lives. Within the outpatient setting, they provide individualized programs to address:
- Fine motor
- Visual motor
- Perceptual motor
- Activities of daily living skills
- Sensory needs
- Feeding needs
Our occupational therapists evaluate and provide treatment for children with developmental delay, which interferes with independence throughout all context.
During the summer, our therapists implement age-specific summer groups that integrate group setting intervention. These sessions cover fine and gross motor skill activities, meal preparation, healthy living, and opportunities to develop social skills, all through structured activities and community outings.
Our physical therapists treat a variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to:
- Congenital conditions
- Infant torticollis
- Musculoskeletal, neurologic, and orthopaedic disorders
- Developmental and overall gross motor delays
- Balance and coordination deficits
- Recovery for sports and non-sports related injuries
- Equipment and seating needs
- Interventions to address these concerns are child-specific, but may include:
- Activities/exercises directed to improve range of motion, strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance
- Gait training for children who may have increased difficulty walking
- Soft tissue massage and joint mobilization
- Developmental interventions
- Sport/activity-specific training
- Body mechanics and lift education training
While physical therapy sessions are hard work, our pediatric sessions are often fun, and mirror play. Pediatric physical therapists work to make everyday activities easier for children by maximizing each child’s potential, and encouraging children to thrive within their means of various functional limitations.