What is Pediatric Occupational Therapy?
Pediatric Occupational Therapists (O.T.) and Pediatric Occupational Therapy Assistants (C.O.T.A.) help children participate in activities that are meaningful to them. Meaningful activities are considered occupations by OT’s. When children experience delay, disability, illness, or impairment, their ability to participate in occupations is impacted. By identifying barriers to a child’s occupational performance, teaching new skills and strategies, and adapting the environment, an O.T. can improve and expand a child’s occupational performance in order to fully participate in life.
What is Pediatric Speech and Language Therapy?
Pediatric Speech and Language Pathologists (S.L.P.) and Pediatric Speech and Language Pathology Assistants (S.L.P.A.) help children learn to communicate with others as well as address swallowing disorders. Delayed development, disability or impairment may impact a child’s ability to communicate with others. Through a functional assessment, identification of communication difficulties, developmental of a treatment plan, and delivery of evidenced based treatment strategies, Speech and Language Therapists teach children to communicate with others thereby improving their quality of life.
What is Pediatric Physical Therapy? (Not offered at this time)
Pediatric Physical Therapists (P.T.) and Pediatric Physical Therapy Assistants (P.T.A.) help children improve their physical mobility and ultimately their quality of life. Physical Therapists remediate impairments in dysfunctional mobility through examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and if necessary physical intervention.
Examples of Conditions Requiring Possible Therapy
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Congenital Disorders
- Developmental Coordination Disorder
- Developmental Delay
- Picky Eating
- Poor Handwriting
- Sensory Processing Disorder