Services

Pediatric Rehab

Our pediatric outpatient rehab program assesses and treats children with a variety of disorders from birth through adolescence. Licensed and/or certified therapists coordinate with parents, physicians and school districts to provide complete pediatric care.

Services offered include physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy for a variety of diagnoses.

Pediatric Physical Therapy

Pediatric physical therapy at Passavant Area Hospital focuses on motor skills and activities related to movement. Kids who are disabled or delayed by illness, accident, birth defect or complications may  need physical therapy because they have abnormal muscle tone, impaired balance, decreased functional movement, weakness or poor coordination.

 

 

We specialize in working with children from birth to 18 years of age . Therapy in pediatrics usually is structured play activities to accomplish specific goals. We use toys such as therapy balls, swings and riding toys to increase strength and endurance, improve balance and coordination, improve the appearance of patterns of posture or movement, and increase function.

At the first appointment, the physical therapist does an evaluation, and develops interventions to achieve the best outcomes possible. Depending on the child's age and level of disability, therapy may be a few sessions or continue on for many months. The treatment plan includes a program for the patient/family/caregiver to carry out at home. The best results can be achieved when the child and family utilize their Home Program.

Physical therapists can help children learn how to move independently or with assistive devices including walkers, wheelchairs or crutches. Our goal is to help each child reach his or her fullest potential to participate in play and self-care activities at school, home and in the community. We use a variety of specialized treatment methods in order to maximize patient function including:

  • Kinesio Taping
  • Myofascial release
  • Neurodevelopmental treatment (NOT)
  • Yoga
  • Pediatric massage
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) 

We  provide  consultation  regarding:

  • Orthotics
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Muscular Dystrophy Clinic

Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Pediatric occupational therapy at Passavant Area Hospital focuses on reaching developmental milestones, motor coordination, attention, sensory processing, emotional regulation, executive functioning, and self-help skills with children from birth to 18 years of age. A child may be referred to occupational therapy because of a developmental delay, a disability caused by illness, accident or a condition present at birth, or when various concerns arise as a child ages.

At the first appointment, the occupational therapist does an evaluation, and develops interventions to achieve the best outcomes possible. Depending on the child's age and level of disability, therapy may be a few sessions or continue on for many months. The treatment plan includes a program for the patient/family/caregiver to carry out at home. The best results can be achieved when the child and family utilize their Home Program.

Therapy in pediatrics consists of structured play activities that have been specifically created for your child to help motivate them to participate and gain skills in order to progress towards goals. We use toys such as therapy balls, swings, riding toys, and various toys that build fine motor, visual motor, cognitive, and sensory processing skills.

Occupational therapists can help child learn how to participate in activities of daily living with more independence.

Treatment may include:

  • Neurodevelopmental techniques
  • Sensory processing skills
  • Motor-learning strategies
  • Upper extremity strength training
  • Functional training (activities of daily living)
  • Balance and coordination training
  • Parent and family education
  • Fine motor skills
  • Visual motor skills
  • Handwriting
  • Splinting
  • Modalities
  • Integrated Listening System (ILS)
  • Social Skills

Pediatric Speech Therapy

Pediatric speech therapists at Passavant Area Hospital evaluate and treat children who have deficits or disorders related to communication, feeding and swallowing. Therapy sessions are geared to meet goals through play and activities that impact their success at home, daycare, school and in the community.

Speech  therapy  addresses  a variety  of  communication  and feeding areas including:

Expressive language: The ability to say words, combine words into sentences, and talk about events to form meaningful messages using age appropriate grammar.

Receptive language: The ability to understand language and follow directions.

Articulation/speech: The ability to produce age appropriate sounds for clear communication.

Apraxia: Sometimes referred to as dyspraxia. The inability to correctly sequence speech sounds. The brain has problems planning to move the body parts (e.g. lips, jaw, tongue) needed for speech and difficulty coordinating the muscle movements necessary to say those words.

Social language/Pragmatic skills: The ability to successfully make eye contact while speaking, take turns in conversation, initiate and maintain a conversation, and follow the social rules of conversations including appropriate distance from the speaker to the listener.

Voice: Use of the appropriate pitch, loudness or quality in relation to an individual's age, gender and culture.

Augmentative: Assisting non-verbal patient's communication with a communication device or PECS (Picture Exchange System).

Auditory Processing: The ability to appropriately recognize and interpret sounds that are heard.

Language Processing: The ability to attach increasing complex layers of meaning to incoming auditory language.

Dysphagia: The inability to safely swallow liquids or food.

Oral Motor: The ability of the muscles of the mouth to move correctly for speaking and eating.

Feeding Aversion: Self-limiting food intake by type, texture or amount. This could present as feeding refusal or extreme food selectivity.

Vocal Cord Dysfunction: Difficulty breathing due to closure of the vocal cords during exercise, sports or singing.