Treatment focuses on helping people of all ages achieve independence in certain areas of their lives. Occupational Therapy can provide positive, fun activities to improve cognitive, physical and motor skills, and enhance self-esteem as well as providing a sense of accomplishment.
An Occupational therapist can evaluate a child’s skills for play activities, school performance, sensory processing and activities of daily living and compare them to what is developmentally appropriate for a certain age group.
Occupational therapists specializing in pediatrics address the following:
- Hand-eye coordination
- Visual perception skills such as copying from an overhead, reading and finding objects in a busy environment
- Help children learn basic tasks such as bathing, getting dressed, brushing their teeth and feeding themselves
- Help children learn anger-management techniques and positive social skills
- Develop, implement, educate and modify sensory integration strategies
- Evaluate each child’s needs for specialized equipment, such as hand splints, sensory clothing and adaptive tools, bathing seats or dressing devices
Treatment focuses on achieving each individuals maximum potential by using therapeutic exercise to improve range of motion, strength, endurance, balance and coordination. Physical therapists help teach children how to move independently, or with assistive devices (walkers, wheelchairs, crutches) in order to play, perform activities of daily living and promote self-confidence to achieve their highest level of mobility within their community.
Treatment focus of pediatric physical therapy:
- Balance and coordination
- Development of age appropriate gross motor skills
- Joint mobility
- Posture and positioning
- Gait training and mobility
- Range of motion
Communication is one of the most fundamental and important human skills. It is essential to learning, playing and social interaction. Impaired communication can affect every aspect of a child’s life. Speech & Language Therapists address communication deficiencies through a variety of therapeutic interventions.
Speech & Language Therapists specializing in pediatrics, address a variety of communication disorders including:
- Sound production (articulation).
- Receptive language skills (understanding and following directions)
- Expressive language skills (putting words together, naming objects)
- Facial skills of language (turn taking, eye contact, reading facial expressions)
- Voice (quality, volume, pitch)
- Fluency (speed of speech, stuttering)
- Assistive communication (sign language)
- Oral motor skills and eating (movement of the tongue, teeth, lips and jaw)
- Sucking and swallowing disorders