TheraPlay Pediatric Therapy

About

Therapy designed just for kids
Faith Regional provides outpatient Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy for children with any developmental delay or challenge.

Many children benefit from outpatient therapy even though they may already be receiving therapy services in school.  Educational and outpatient therapy complement each other, and outpatient therapy can address issues outside of the educational environment.

Outpatient therapy is covered by most health insurances, including Medicaid, with a referral from a physician.

Therapy at TheraPlay
Treatment sessions range from 30-60 minutes individually with a therapist; typically 1-3 times per week depending on the child’s needs. Therapy may continue as long as a need is present, progress continues and insurance requirements are met. Therapy is paired with games and activities that encourage development and growth. Parent/caregiver involvement allows for increased carry-over in other environments.

Commonly treated diagnoses:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Torticollis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Developmental delay
  • Premature birth
  • Congenital syndromes
  • Cardiac anomalies
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Weakness
  • Low muscle tone (hypotonia)
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Sensory processing disorder
  • Autism spectrum
  • Amputations and limb deficiencies

Pediatric Physical Therapy
Pediatric physical therapy is concerned with functional limitations in the areas of mobility, muscle and joint function, strength and endurance, cardiopulmonary status, posture and balance, development, and the use of assistive technology.

Physical Therapy provides intervention for:

  • Balance/Gait Training
  • Gross Motor Development
  • Coordination
  • Strengthening
  • Helmet Consultation
  • Torticollis
  • Joint Mobility
  • Motor Learning
  • Obesity Management
  • Orthotic Consultation
  • Postural Control/Alignment
  • Post-Surgery Rehabilitation
  • Wheelchair Evaluation
  • Recreation, Play, Leisure Activities
  • Bed Wetting/Bowel & Bladder Problems

Pediatric Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).

“Occupations” of children include play, socialization, self-care, and school performance.Occupational Therapy provides intervention for:

  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Handwriting
  • Motor Planning
  • Self-help Skills
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Upper Extremity Splinting
  • Visual Motor Skills/Hand-eye Coordination
  • Visual Perceptual Skills
  • Bilateral Coordination
  • Emotional Regulation/Attention and Behavior
  • Feeding Problems and Oral Sensitivity

Pediatric Speech Therapy
Speech therapists give young people the opportunity to maximize their communication, learning and swallowing potential. 

Speech Therapy provides intervention for:

  • Myofunction/Tongue Thrust Patterning
  • Swallowing
  • Articulation/Phonological Delays
  • Language Delays and Disorders
  • Apraxia of Speech
  • Fluency/Stuttering
  • Functional Communication
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Oral Motor Function
  • Voice

Pediatric Aquatic Therapy
The therapists at TheraPlay incorporate the on-site pool into individualized treatment plans. Specifically designed water activities are used to improve function while the child has fun. The warm water environment and buoyancy property of the pool helps to reduce spasticity, relax muscles, and make some movements of the body easier. When strengthening is the desired goal, the viscosity of the water can be utilized with active movement to create resistance. This means the child receives the benefit of intense exercise from a comforting and fun environment. The hydrostatic pressure of the water can also help children gauge their own body boundaries and ultimately lead to improved sensory tolerance and awareness.

Sensory Processing Disorders
Common signs of sensory processing disorders treated by occupational therapy:

  • I hate having my hair washed, brushed or cut.
  • I cry and shield my eyes from the sun and other bright lights.
  • I have “selective” hearing or difficulty listening.
  • I am a picky eater; I resist new foods and textures.
  • I complain about tags in my clothing.
  • I seem to be unaware of normal touch or pain; I often touch others too hard or too soft.
  • I hate being tickled or cuddled.
  • I have poor gross motor skills, such as running and riding a bike.
  • I always walk on my tip toes.
  • I have trouble focusing and/or concentrating.
  • I am overly sensitive to loud sounds such as vacuums and blenders.
  • I am always smelling people, food and objects.
  • I chew on everything.
  • I have poor fine motor skills such as handwriting and cutting.
  • I have difficulty dressing myself.
  • I sit with my legs in the “W” position.
  • I put my socks on “just so” or maybe I never go barefoot.

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