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Pediatric Rehabilitation Services

Southeastern Med has always provided Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Rehabilitation for pediatric patients, but there is now a facility specifically dedicated to pediatric care. Pediatric patients can now receive the same care they are used to from the same staff they are used to, just in a different setting.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy

  • Pediatric occupational therapy practitioners provide support to infants, toddlers, children, youth and their families.
  • Pediatric OT provides support for a variety of diagnoses. Some common diagnoses include: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention-Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Developmental Delays, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Neuromuscular Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • An occupational therapist will complete a client-centered evaluation on the patient using standardized assessments to determine what factors are impacting the child’s ability to play, learn and/or engage with their peers
  • Individualized treatment focuses on areas that need extra attention. These areas may include:
    • Fine motor skills so they can grasp and release toys and develop good handwriting skills
    • Hand-eye coordination to improve a child’s play and school skills (hitting a target, batting a ball, copying from the chalkboard)
    • Learning basic self-care and independent living skills (such as bathing, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, feeding themselves)
    • Maintaining positive behaviors in all environments and emotional regulation skills (i.e. instead of hitting others or acting out, using positive ways to deal with anger)
    • Evaluating the need for specialized equipment such as splints, bathing/dressing equipment, pencil grips, visual schedules, sensory tools, adaptive utensils
    • Improving attention and socialization skills to allow development of interpersonal relationships with peers.

 

  • Occupational therapy practitioners are trained to address sensory-processing issues and help equip caretakers to successfully manage their child’s behaviors. Practitioners can help children incorporate sensory and movement breaks into their days to improve attention and decrease the impacts of sensory overload.
  • Collaborates with speech therapist and physical therapist to maximize the carryover of skills amongst disciplines and facilitate functional progress

 

Pediatric Physical Therapy:

  • Our pediatric physical therapists provide high quality, specialized care for children of all ages and functional levels, from infancy into young adulthood.
  • Pediatric physical therapy services may be appropriate for children with developmental disorders or delays, neurological or neuromuscular conditions, genetic disorders, balance and coordination deficits, autism spectrum disorder, or following musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Pediatric physical therapy services often focus on improving a child’s strength, balance, coordination, functional mobility, and age-appropriate gross motor skills. This facilitates greater performance and independence with age-appropriate tasks within the child’s home, school, and among similar-aged peers. Such skills can range from sitting or walking independently for the first time, climbing and jumping on the playground with friends at school, or returning to sports or other extracurricular activities following an injury.
  • Our pediatric physical therapists complete an in-depth evaluation of each child in order to create a custom treatment plan to yield the best functional outcome for that child. This includes obtaining a
    detailed history, physical examination, functional assessment, standardized testing, and development of an individualized treatment plan and goals for that child and their family.
  • Our physical therapists utilize an interdisciplinary team approach to treatment with occupational therapists and speech therapists in order to provide the highest quality care.
  • Our pediatric team collaborates closely with physicians to ensure each child is receiving the most appropriate care, providing recommendations for additional referrals and adaptive equipment as appropriate. This can include assessment for assistive devices, wheelchairs, and bracing.

Pediatric Speech Therapy

  • Provides training on social skills utilizing social stories and visual supports
  • Basic communication training for nonverbal or preverbal children utilizing Picture exchange communication system and low tech/high tech Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) devices
  • Utilizes visual, auditory, and tactile cues to treat articulation and phonology disorders
  • ST utilizes play based treatment principles and structured play tasks to improve language skills
  • Uses oral motor tools and exercises as well adaptive equipment for pediatric feeding for children with swallowing disorders
  • Provides treatments such as Fluency modification and fluency shaping for children who stutter
  • Organizes a voice treatment program for children who have vocal nodules or other abnormalities of their vocal cords
  • Provides treatment for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech utilizing the Kaufman approach and other evidence based programs.
  • Treats children with cognitive impairments to improve attention skills, executive functioning skills, and memory difficulties. Provides treatment for children after a head injury or concussion
  • Therapist are experienced with a range of disorders that include and are not limited to: Childhood Apraxia of speech, , Autism,  Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and other Genetic Disorders
  • Therapists collaborate with PT/OT regularly

Southeastern Med Pediatric Rehabilitation Center

1352 Clark Street

Cambridge, OH 43725

740.439.8977