Aquatic Therapy (main hospital location only)
Aquatic therapy can be used to treat a variety of diagnoses from cerebral palsy to sports injuries. Benefits include decreased pain and stiffness, improved relaxation and freedom of movement in preparation for land-based activities.
Developmental therapy identifies areas of concern arising from physiological, neurological, or environmental factors and then helps to promote the child's acquisition of skills for improved play leading to improved quality of life at home and in the community.
Our therapists provide a variety of splints and orthotics to assist in maintaining appropriate joint alignment during functional activities, including ambulation.
Our therapists may use casting to assist with control of increased muscle tone or improving a child's range of motion. Casting may also be used for creating an orthotic device.
Seating and Adaptive Equipment
Our skilled therapists are able to provide evaluations, education, and fitting services for adaptive equipment and seating.
Our therapists help children recover from burn injuries through exercise, positioning, splinting, casting, ambulation, and fitting with pressure garments in order to aid in scar management for maximizing healing and functional use of the affected area.
Feeding and Oral Pharyngeal Motility (OPM) Studies
Feeding therapy addresses oral motor and oral sensory processing skills which may affect a child's ability to safely take in food and liquids by mouth. Our occupational therapists assist in completion of OPMs. These studies help evaluate oral motor skills in children with feeding and swallowing issues. Common diagnoses include children with cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, and other genetic syndromes; premature infants, and children with brain injuries.
Sensory integrative therapy improves motor coordination, body awareness and eye/hand coordination. Some children have no other condition other than difficulty with sensory integration while sensory processing dysfunction can be found in children with some learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and head injuries.
Therapists use manual therapy techniques to apply techniques offering opportunity for positive change of anatomical structures. Positive change in structure results in positive change in function.
We provide services and guidance to children and adolescents with sports injuries or who have undergone orthopedic surgeries in order to improve and return to optimal functioning.
Vestibular therapy uses specific exercises for the head, body, and eyes to retrain the brain and improve balance, reaction time, and coordination. Common diagnoses treated include children with concussion or mild traumatic brain injuries, dizziness, or even torticollis.
VitalStim therapy is a specialized form of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) specifically designed to treat dysphagia or swallowing dysfunction. It is a non-invasive external electrical stimulation therapy that re-educates the throat muscles needed for swallowing. VitalStim therapy is performed by a therapist that is certified in its use.
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)
Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a well-established rehabilitation technique that uses pulses of electrical current to stimulate nerves in the arms and legs resulting in muscle contractions and patterned muscle activity. The FES bike creates patterned movements in the arms, legs, trunk enabling muscles to work and perform activities even though the muscles may be weak or paralyzed through neurological disease or injury. Benefits generally include reversal of muscle atrophy; improved local blood circulation; increased range of motion and reduced muscle spasms.
Interactive metronome (IM) is a therapeutic assessment and training program that improves attention, concentration, motor planning, and sequencing. Improvements in these areas result in stronger motor control and coordination, enhanced balance and gait, and improved language and cognition.
Commonly Treated Conditions
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Balance dysfunction
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Cardiopulmonary dysfunction
- Cerebral palsy
- Conditions requiring the use of special treatment modalities for pain control
- Congenital/acquired amputations
- Cystic fibrosis
- Developmental delay disorders
- Down syndrome
- Feeding disorders
- Gait disorders
- Hand injuries
- Juvenile arthritis
- Muscular dystrophy
- Neuromuscular conditions
- Orthopaedic and sports injuries
- Sensory processing/integrative disorders
- Spina bifida
- Spinal defect/spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injuries