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 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.
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:
- Fine motor activities
- Small Group social skills
- Vestibulary and rotary movement
- Proprioceptive work
- Activities of Daily Living
- Strength Training
- Upper extremity/trunk taping
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!