Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

A physical therapist interviews children and their families and uses standardized assessments to assist in diagnosing the source of a child’s movement difficulties.  The therapist guides and individualizes a treatment regimen. Pediatric physical therapists work to improve children’s motor development, strength, range of motion, endurance, balance, coordination, gait difficulties, heart and lung endurance, and delayed motor development.

Treatment often incorporates the following techniques:

  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Caregiver/patient education
  • Functional mobility training
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Stretching/manual range of motion exercises
  • Proprioception/balance training
  • Splinting/taping techniques
Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is designed to help children with a variety of communication needs including receptive and expressive language delays, articulation and/or phonological impairments, feeding issues, motor speech disorders and/or apraxia, and pragmatic (social) language challenges.  Our team of therapists is experienced in working with populations ranging from birth to adolescence, and will work with your child to meet his/her individual needs. Together, we will help your child achieve his/her maximum communication potential.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Pediatric occupational therapy (OT) treatment focuses on helping children become as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. OT can help kids with various needs improve their play skills, social skills, physical, sensory, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.

Treatment often incorporates 1:1 work including:

  • Handling
  • Fine motor activities
  • Small Group social skills
  • Vestibulary and rotary movement
  • Proprioceptive work
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Strength Training
  • Upper extremity/trunk taping
Feeding Therapy

Feeding Therapy

Feeding and swallowing can be stressful when children are demonstrating difficulty swallowing and/or selective eating habits that hinder their exploration of new foods and limit their diet immensely. This leaves parents frustrated and concerned for their child’s overall health. This is why I practice a whole patient approach to help determine the key factors that are contributing to feeding and swallowing difficulties. Don’t let meal time be a stressor in your life, we can help!

Prosthetic & Orthotic Clinic

Prosthetic & Orthotic Clinic

Michael Yoo, CPO with Midwest Orthotic & Technology

Michael is a Certified and Licensed orthotist and Prosthetist.  He hosts an onsite clinic at Elgin Pediatric Therapy the last Tuesday of each month.  During monthly clinic days, Michael offers the following services for both children & adults:

  • Gait analysis
  • Cranial remolding orthotics with CAD/CAM imaging
  • Upper extremity orthotics
  • Lower extremity orthotics
  • Upper extremity custom prosthetics
  • Lower extremity custom prosthetics
  • Spinal management orthotics

Policies

Cancellations

If you miss 3 consecutive appointments without calling to cancel prior to your scheduled time, your regularly scheduled time slot will be given up and you may be subject to discharge from therapy services. Please arrive on time to appointments as we generally will not be able to extend your appointment time if you arrive late.

Siblings

Please consult with your therapist regarding siblings being allowed in the therapy gym area or in patient rooms during your child’s regularly scheduled treatment sessions. We prefer that siblings wait with, and are supervised by a parent/caregiver in the waiting room area. This allows us to focus on your child and maintain a clean, safe, and sanitary environment. Occasionally siblings may be integrated into your child’s treatment. Thanks for your understanding.

Parent Participation

During scheduled therapy sessions parents need not be present if cleared with your therapist. It is recommended that a parent or caregiver returns to pick up their child 5 minutes prior to session end. This allows time for the therapists to discuss the patient’s session and provide home program strategies if applicable. Please make sure we have a phone number on record in case of emergency when parents/caregivers are not present. Consistent challenges with time management may require you to stay on premise during sessions.

Provision of Supplies

If your child is being seen for feeding related goals you may be asked to bring food items to be used during your child’s therapy session. In order to meet the needs of each individual child we may ask for foods commonly used in your home. We keep a limited supply on hand that we use for initial evaluations and emergency use only. We appreciate your compliance in this matter as it is necessary for the success of your child.