Pediatric physical therapy utilizes a variety of therapy modalities to treat children with congenital, neuromuscular, skeletal, genetic, sensory processing disorders, and developmental delay
Physical therapy focuses on improving strength, flexibility, balance, hand-eye and foot-eye coordination, development of gross motor skills, and sensory integration.
A physical therapist can help improve skills such as rolling, sitting, all-fours, crawling, kneeling, standing, squatting, walking, jumping, climbing, throwing and catching a ball, hitting a target, etc.
We serve infants, children, adolescents, and in many occasions, young adults.
The goal of physical therapy is to promote mobility and independence.
Pediatric occupational therapy helps children achieve independence in all areas of their lives as appropriate for their age. It addresses self-care activities such as dressing, hygiene, and feeding; fine motor skills such as grasping and releasing small and large objects, stacking, drawing, handwriting, and typing. The occupational therapist also helps with hand-eye coordination such as throwing and catching a ball and hitting a target, and sensory activities to improve attention, decrease intolerance of textures, improve behavior and social skills.
Speech therapy focuses on communication, cognition, and swallowing. Communication encompasses speech and language, which includes the ability to understand others and express one self. Communication can be elaborated both verbally and augmentatively. A speech therapist addresses articulation (pronunciation of words) and voicing issues (volume, pitch and quality) which are necessary for speech. The therapist can also teach the child to use an augmentative device if unable to verbally communicate. The language aspect of speech therapy includes activities to enhance the child’s ability to understand others and what they are reading, which also positively affects their cognitive abilities.
Speech therapy can also address swallowing issues, which includes texture sensitivity as well as activation of the necessary muscles for swallowing. Oral motor stimulation is performed to improve oral awareness, and include the use of various tastes, textures and temperatures. Oral motor exercises are also provided for coordination and strengthening of muscles that are needed for speech, eating and swallowing.
(see “Our Equipment” page for details on each piece of therapy equipment we use).