Pediatrics

Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Pediatric Occupational Therapy (OT) works with children that can have a variety of conditions such as, but not limited to; Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, and fine and gross motor difficulties, birth defects, sensory processing, feeding difficulties, broken bones or other orthopedic injuries, and mental health or behavioral problems.

  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy helps to improve:
    • Visual and perception skills
    • Cognition
    • Sensory processing
    • Fine motor skills

Children learn through play which is their “occupation” along with being a student when going to school. Through play, children learn and develop social skills, coordination, and self-confidence to try new experiences and explore their environments. OT encourages and incorporates “sensory filled” play throughout therapy with different kinds of objects for children to use their senses of touch, vision, taste, sound, and movement.

  • Some signs to look for:
    • Poor motor skills
    • Weak or poor endurance
    • Clumsy
    • Over sensitive to touch, noise, and smells
    • Difficulty staying focused

Children learn through play which is their “occupation” along with being a student when going to school. Through play, children learn and develop social skills, coordination, and self-confidence to try new experiences and explore their environments. OT encourages and incorporates “sensory filled” play throughout therapy with different kinds of objects for children to use their senses of touch, vision, taste, sound, and movement.

Pediatric Speech Therapy

Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologists work with children on various communication disorders, which includes helping children produce speech sounds and helping them communicate their wants and needs with words, pictures, and/or sign language and gestures. Speech-Language Pathologists also work on helping children understand appropriate behavior in social situations, decreasing stuttering, and treating voice problems.

  • Some signs to look for:
    • Not communicating by age two
    • Has difficulty producing certain speech sounds or words
    • Stuttering
    • Experiences a constant raspy voice
    • Uses little eye contact and doesn’t understand how to act in social situations

Pediatric Physical Therapy

Pediatric physical therapy works on lower and upper extremity strengthening, flexibility, balance, trunk/core stability, pool therapy and several other functional activities for the appropriate child’s age. Referrals to therapy are appropriate when a child is showing a delay in meeting early milestones, parents are concerned about a child’s development or the school is commenting on difficulties with writing or speech. Referrals are also appropriate if a child is having difficulty regulating there behaviors at home or in school, or a child is unable to keep up with peers on the playground or in organized sports.

If you believe your child could benefit from the services listed above or if you have further questions, please contact your primary doctor or OSPTI for more information. A simple phone call could be the first step on the road to success for your child. (218) 641 7725