Physical Therapy

What is it?

    Pediatric physical therapy is concerned with the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention of children, aged birth through adolescence, who are experiencing functional limitations or disability due to trauma, a disorder, or disease process. Physical therapists specialize in helping infants and children gain independence and reach their full potential when navigating their environment. Our therapists provide play based interventions in the home, community and outpatient clinic. Therapists will work closely with the family and caregivers and provide ongoing patient/family education. 

Who could benefit from Physical Therapy?

Our therapists are skilled in the evaluation and treatment of the following conditions:

  • Ataxia

  • Developmental Delay

  • Brachial Plexus Injury

  • Coordination/Balance Disorders

  • Torticollis and/or Plagiocephaly

  • Post trauma/surgery

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Spina bifida

  • Osteogenesis imperfecta

  • Various hip disorders such as hip dysplasia

  • Genetic Conditions

  • Toe Walking

  • Hypertonia

  • Hypotonia

  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Scoliosis

  • Sensory Integrative Dysfunction

  • Stroke

  • Vestibular disorders

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Cardio Pulmonary conditions

  • Poor posture

  • And other conditions

 

Our treatments include:

  • Aquatic Therapy

  • Motor control and motor learning

  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)

  • Neonatal touch and massage

  • Gait training and supported weight-bearing

  • Balance and coordination training

  • Range of motion 

  • Strengthening and neuromuscular re-education

  • Kinesiotaping

  • Theratogs™:

  • Electrical Stimulation

  • Orthotic management

  • Management of Durable Medical equipment

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Occupational Therapy

What is it?

Occupational therapy is concerned with the child’s ability to participate in desired daily life activities or “occupations.” A child’s most important “occupation” is play, therefore therapy incorporates meaningful tasks in order to promote a child’s development, independence and well-being. Occupational therapists use their unique expertise to help children prepare for and perform important learning and developmental activities. Occupational therapists support the achievement of developmental and learning outcomes for children with and without disabilities, by facilitating social skills development, motor development, emergent literacy, and the development of adaptive and self-care skills. Occupational therapists are particularly skilled in helping children access curricular activities by contributing to the design and planning of activities, including identifying any needed accommodations or modifications. Additionally, they play a key role in training parents, caregivers about the development of children with diverse learning needs. * Taken from American Occupational Therapy Association. 

Who needs it?

Our therapists are skilled in the evaluation and treatment of the following conditions:

  •     ADD/ADHD

  •     Asperger’s Syndrome

  •     Autism

  •     Cerebral Palsy

  •     Chromosomal Anomalies

  •     Coordination Difficulties

  •     Developmental Delay

  •     Down Syndrome

  •     Feeding Disorders

  •     Handwriting Difficulties

  •     Hypotonia

  •     Motor Planning Difficulties

  •     Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD)

  •     Sensory Integrative Dysfunctions

 

Our treatments include:

  • Fine Motor Skills

  • Visual Motor Skills

  • Sensory Processing Skills

  • Increased Independence with Self-Care such as dressing, grooming, bathing and toileting.

  • Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) 

    • Care of Pets

    • Communication Management

    • Community Mobility

    • Basic Money Management

    • Health Management and Maintenance

    • Home Establishment and Maintenance

    • Meal Preparation and Cleanup

    • Safety Procedures and Emergency Responses

    • Shopping

  • Oral Motor/Feeding

  • Social Interaction Skills 

  • Home education programs and resources to help at home and in school. 

  • Collaboration with other service providers including teachers, physical therapists, and speech therapists to promote carryover of skills in all domains

  • Beckman Oral Motor

  • Learning Without Tears

    • Get Set for School

    • Handwriting Without Tears

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Speech Therapy

What is it?

Daniel Webster is quoted as saying “… if all my possessions were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of communication, for by it I would soon regain all the rest.”

Language is our most human characteristic. It is essential to learning, working, and enjoying family life and friendships. There are many ways to express language. Speaking, using sign language, writing, and using computerized communication devices are some of the most common ones. The professionals who are educated to assess speech and language development and to treat language and speech disorders are speech-language pathologists (sometimes informally referred to as speech therapists). Speech-language pathologists can also help people with swallowing disorders. *Taken from American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Who needs it?

Children with the following conditions may require speech language therapy: 

  •     Hearing Impairments

  •     Cognitive (Intellectual; Thinking) or Other Developmental Delays

  •     Weak Oral Muscles

  •     Birth Defects such as Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate

  •     Autism

  •     Motor Planning Problems

  •     Respiratory Problems (Breathing Disorders)

  •     Swallowing Disorders

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What is it?

Aquatic Therapy integrates the knowledge and skills of Physical and Occupational Therapists in the aquatic setting. Our highly trained therapists provide individualized sessions at multiple locations in The Triad area. 

Why it works:

  • It is FUN!

  • Aquatic therapy provides opportunities for movement the patient may otherwise be unable to perform. 

  • Water provides continuous, fluid, velocity-dependent uniform resistance to develop strength through larger ranges of motion.

  • The multi-sensory environment can stimulate alertness or calming beneficial for sensory integration, developmental coordination disorder, attention deficits, hyper active children and many other conditions.

  • Uniform support and fluid resistance of the water provides stability to the patient. 

  • Research shows for children with cerebral palsy, aquatic physical therapy affects hypertonicity by reducing muscle tone and increasing the extensibility of soft tissue. For children with respiratory impairment, the hydrostatic pressure of the water redirects blood flow from the extremities to the chest to improve efficiency in the cardiorespiratory system. Children with autism spectrum disorder have experienced an improvement in socialization when participating in a group aquatic exercise program.

  • Aquatic therapy introduces the patient to an activity that allows for life-long participation.

*Taken from the APTA

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Aquatic Therapy

Early Intervention

 

Early intervention is a system of coordinated services that promotes the child’s growth and development and supports families during the critical first three years of development in a child’s life. Early intervention services for eligible children ages birth to 3 and their families are federally mandated through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

 

The purpose of early intervention services is to:

1. Enhance the development of infants and toddlers with
developmental delays or disabilities

2. Minimize the need for special education and related services after
infants and toddlers with disabilities reach school age

3. Maximize the potential for individuals with disabilities to live
independently in society

4. Enhance the capacity of families to meet the special needs of their
infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities

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