Pediatric Therapy is any medical treatment designed to alleviate or help treat conditions in children, usually from birth to the age of 18. Any condition that presents in the pediatric patient requiring treatment or remediation would essentially require some form of “therapy”. However, more often, the term may be used to discuss specific types of therapies that have use in the pediatric setting. These might include physical, occupational, and/or speech-language therapy designed specifically for children.
Pediatric Physical Therapy
Pediatric Physical Therapy (PT) provides evaluations and treatments to address gross mobility skills. Treatments may consist of basic gross motor skills, neurodevelopmental techniques, balance/ coordination skills, strength, sensory input, and orthotic treatment. Our Physical Therapists can also assist children and their families with recommendations on assistive devices that will help to optimize function. When needed, they also work closely with Orthotists and Prosthetists to assure children are in the appropriate foot, ankle or leg braces.
It is the goal of our Physical Therapists to help each child perform their age-appropriate gross motor skills and function within their home, community, and school environment at the highest degree of independence possible.
Pediatric Occupational Therapy
Pediatric Occupational Therapists (OT) provide an evaluation and treatment for children having difficulty with fine motor skills, attention and sensory issues.
Treatments may include utilizing therapeutic exercises, sensory integration and motor control strategies to assist children. These therapies will improve the child’s ability to self-regulate their attention and arousal, develop fine motor coordination, age-appropriate play and everyday living skills such as interpersonal interactions, feeding, dressing and grooming skills.
In addition, the OT can provide hand and upper extremity therapy, splinting, cognitive and perceptual therapy for children having difficulty with visual perception and visual motor skills.
Pediatric Speech Therapy
Speech Therapists provide evaluation and treatments to assist children in learning to listen, follow instructions, and functionally communicate their wants, needs and feelings appropriately.
The Speech Therapists also provide feeding and swallowing evaluations and treatments for children with feeding difficulties, oral motor weaknesses or deficits. In addition, they can assist children with augmentative and alternative communication, such as sign language or using a communication device.
Pediatric Hearing Services
Our Hearing Center is staffed by a licensed Audiologist. The department serves patients ranging in age from newborn to older adults. We offer a full line of hearing tests including Tympanometry, Audiology Screening, Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations and Hearing Aide Evaluations. Other services include hearing aid orders and repairs, custom protective ear plugs and swimming plugs.
To be seen for any type of therapy, you will need a physician’s referral. Once obtained, simply phone our office and we can set up an appointment for an evaluation.