Pediatrics at HSS

Pediatric Rehabilitation Services

Pediatric Rehabilitation Services

Pediatric Physical Therapy

Pediatric physical therapy provides evaluation and treatment to children with a wide variety of diagnoses including orthopedic, neurologic, rheumatic and congenital disorders.  Therapy emphasizes rehabilitation of the total child with a focus on the development of core stability, lower extremity function and gross motor skill ability.  Individualized therapeutic programs are created and implemented based on evaluation and evidence-based practice. Physical therapists address specific impairments and functional limitations involving proprioception, balance and coordination, strength, endurance and conditioning. Restoration and/or development of age appropriate gross motor skills including ambulation and mobility are emphasized during treatment. Adaptive equipment evaluations are available as needed. Children are treated on an inpatient and outpatient basis by appointment with physician referral.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Pediatric occupational therapy provides evaluation and treatment to children with a wide variety of diagnoses including orthopedic, neurological, rheumatic and congenital disorders.  Therapy emphasizes rehabilitation of the total child with a focus on upper extremity functioning, fine motor skills and sensory motor integration. Children with shortened attention span, learning disabilities, and/or sensory processing issues are also serviced by occupational therapy. Splinting evaluations are available and custom splints are fabricated as needed.

Occupational therapists focus on impairments and delays in fine motor skills, visual motor integration/eye-hand coordination, and visual perceptual skills. These therapists also address impairments and functional limitations that affect optimal performance at home, school and in the community.  Interventions are individualized to respond to specific deficits in activities of daily living such as feeding, dressing, and grooming. Children are treated on an inpatient and outpatient basis by appointment with physician referral.

Pediatric Speech-Language Pathology (Speech Therapy)

Pediatric speech-language pathology (commonly known as speech therapy) services include evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of children with articulation, language, feeding, oral motor and speech disorders/delays.  Clinicians emphasize the development of early communication skills by using techniques to facilitate expressive and receptive speech as well as language development. Feeding skills are evaluated and treated through implementation of a variety of treatment techniques. Specialties include oral motor/feeding therapy and the PROMPT Technique, a tactile kinesthetic approach for oral motor/articulation delays. Services are provided on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

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