Our Therapy Services



Occupational therapists working with children strive to optimize a child's occupational performance. The main theme in all occupational therapy is FUNCTION. Occupational therapists are often said to be the catch-all therapy - and they are proud of this label! Parents will often start a sentence with "I'm not sure if this is OT-related or not, but can you work on...." With OT, the answer is almost always "of course!" Children span the age range of birth through adolescence. Just think about the variety of occupations you were engaged in during this period of time in your life! Consider how these occupations become increasingly complex during childhood and how they formed an important foundation for the roles you play as an adult today.

 

The primary occupations of children are considered to be:

·       Play

·       Activities of Daily Living (feeding, toileting, dressing, grooming, mobility)

·       Learning and school performance

 

A core value of pediatric occupational therapy is providing family-centered care and service. The needs, desires, and values of the child and family drive the direction of OT assessments and intervention. The focus of occupational therapy intervention directly reflects the child's and/or family's priorities.

 

The educational background of Occupational therapists includes extensive course work in anatomy, neurology and psychology. Their education also includes course work in activity analysis. This enables the therapist to analyze the components of a play or work activity with which a child might be struggling and choose tasks for sessions that will improve the child's skills most effectively - while still being fun of course!

 

Think your child might benefit from occupational therapy?

Just give us a call at (972) 584-0284 or send us an email.

 




Pediatric Physical Therapy focuses on the evaluation and treatment of children with problems resulting from injury, disease, or congenital conditions, with an emphasis on movement dysfunction.


Pediatric Physical therapists are trained in all stages of child development; they are highly qualified to address the special needs of children from birth through adolescence. Let's face it - PT can be hard work, but pediatric PTs are experts when it comes to motivating and challenging your child to improve his/her abilities. As your child progresses, your therapist will also teach you, as a parent, what to expect and how you can help your child at home.


Pediatric PTs…

·       Assist children in regaining vital mobility skills after surgery or injury

·       Prevent deconditioning through monitored exercise

·       Teach use of devices such as crutches, walkers or wheelchairs

·       Assess need for braces, orthotics, or splints

·       Assess developmental needs of children starting at birth

·       Assist children who have chronic disabilities become more functional and independent

 

Think your child might benefit from physical therapy?

Just give us a call at (972) 584-0284 or send us an email.

 



A baby is born. After starting to breath air, what is her very first job? To eat. If a child's oral-motor skills are compromised by any type of disorder or delay in development, eating can be a scary, dangerous task. A pediatric speech therapist is an expert in treating these difficulties with knowledge, skill, and compassion.

A bit later in childhood, one of the most complex and vitally important parts of growing up is the development of language. Like eating, the use of language can seem deceptively simple when in fact, it is a very complicated multi-faceted process. When a disorder or delay is present, one or several of these facets can be compromised and can affect the child's ability to communicate effectively. Once again, pediatric speech therapists come to the rescue in this area.


Some feeding and/or communication difficulties can be caused by cognitive deficits - disorders of sequencing, problem-solving, or memory. Pediatric speech therapists have extensive education and training in handling these specific areas.

Finally, when a child is unable to effectively communicate, over time he or she may resort to acts of aggression or other forms of misbehavior. While all pediatric therapists participate in behavior management when needed, speech therapists are often the most highly skilled in this difficult area of a child's life.


To summarize, pediatric Speech therapists provide evaluation and treatment of:

·       Expressive and receptive language disorders

·       Communication disorders such as stuttering, voice problems and speech delay

·       Articulation and phonological disorders

·       Cognitive skills, such as problem solving and reasoning

·       Social skills - for example, topic initiation and maintenance

·       Feeding, swallowing and oral motor skills

·       Augmentative communication

·       Behavior management

 

Think your child might benefit from speech therapy?

Just give us a call at (972) 584-0284 or send us an email.