Focused on Children's Growth and Development
At Children's Outpatient Therapy, our pediatric therapists expertly evaluate children's needs and develop individualized patient therapies that work best, in a child-centered environment. We offer a team approach, including Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Physical Therapy.
Common Diagnoses Treated:
Group Programs Offered:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Down Syndrome
- Sensory Integration Dysfunction
- Handwriting Difficulty
- Apraxia of Speech
- Aural Rehabilitation
- Language Delays
- Articulation Disorders
- Neuromuscular Disorders
- Gait Disturbances
- Developmental Delay
- Therapeutic Horseback Riding
- Sensory Integration How Does Your Engine Run
- Animal Assisted Therapy at the Zoo at Forest Park
- Social/Communication Groups
Pediatric occupational therapists help increase a childs independence in activities of daily living.
These areas include:
- Schoolwork - handwriting, pencil grasp, attention
- Play - use of both hands to play with toys
- Self-care - dressing, buttoning, feeding, hygiene
- Social Skills - attention, social interactions
Treatment is also provided for children who have difficulty with sensory processing and integration - children who are over/under responsive to input, have difficulty transitioning and seek or avoid certain types of sensory stimuli. Our facility has two large sensory gyms containing suspended equipment, various swings and a ball pit to help these types of children.
Children of all ages who have neurological, cognitive and fine motor delays greatly benefit from the expertise of occupational therapists. The occupational therapists are trained in Handwriting Without Tears, Sensory Integration (SIPT Testing), The Alert Program and the Wilbarger Deep Touch Protocol.
Our pediatric physical therapists have experience treating patients with a variety of congenital, neuromuscular and orthopedic diagnoses. They are specifically trained to help children coordinate their nerves, muscles, bones and joints so they can achieve their fullest potential in body movements. This includes rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, wheelchair management and propulsion.
Physical therapy treatments generally focus on gross and fine motor skills, balance and coordination, strength and endurance, motor planning and sensory integration. Recommendations and evaluations for adaptive equipment may also be included to help obtain a higher level of independence. The therapists work closely with parents/guardians to ensure the best outcome for the child.
The pediatric speech-language pathologists are licensed and certified professionals who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders. The clinical methods used to evaluate and treat speech and language disorders will vary depending on the nature and severity of the problem, the age of the child and the child's awareness of the problem.
Speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat children and adolescents with:
- Articulation disorders to learn proper production of speech sounds;
- Apraxia of Speech;
- Oral motor disorders which address range of motion, strength, coordination and speed of his/her lips, tongue and jaw to improve speech production, feeding and swallowing skills;
- Social communication difficulties to help their functional communication skills in peer, social or group settings. This includes the use of appropriate eye contact, turn taking, sharing and topic maintenance;
- Difficulty understanding and using language to improve language comprehension and production and assist with auditory processing and attention abilities;
- Voice Disorders; and
Children's Outpatient Therapy at Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital offers a team approach which includes collaboration between therapists of different disciplines and the opportunity for co-treatments. Call us at 413-748-6855.