Pediatric Therapy

Pediatric Therapy in Your Home

Parents and families play a very important role in their child’s development.  At SJA, the physical therapist works closely with family members and other medical, educational and community specialists to promote an individualized program and enhance development.  The physical therapist’s primary focus is to facilitate motor development and function, improve strength and promote independence.

Pediatric physical therapy may include the following goals in your child’s individualized plan; strengthening, movement and mobility, adapting toys for play, home or equipment adaptations, balance and coordination, tone management, positioning, motor learning, developmental  and activities of daily living.

Occupational Therapy

Our licensed pediatric occupational therapist (OT) can help to retrain the body and mind to function more efficiently making everyday tasks easier to accomplish.   OT’s examine the use of functional activities that are required to successfully participate in play, school,  and routine activities such as dressing, fine motor coordination, sensory concerns, feeding issues, cognition and adaptive equipment.   The OT will create fun and adaptive activities for caregivers to incorporate into their child’s daily routine to promote mobility, fine motor, learning, and play skills.  SJA’s occupational therapist will focus on assisting your infant or child to achieve their greatest possible potential.

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Physical Therapy

Our licensed pediatric physical therapist (PT) will assess your child’s balance, strength, coordination, walking and functional mobility in relation to their age.  The PT provides hands-on therapy to children and instruction to the caregiver in motor activities to incorporate into the child’s daily routine.  SJA’s physical therapist may also assist family members to obtain recommended equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, standers, adaptive bikes and other mobility products.  PT’s will assist parents to successfully integrate therapeutic motor activities and equipment into their child’s daily schedule and recreational activities.

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Speech Therapy

Our licensed speech language pathologist assess and treat infants and children for speech, language, voice, feeding/swallowing and fluency disorders. The speech therapist aids in the development of communication modes which are best suited for each child and may include the use of sign language, picture communication, understanding speech, vocabulary and grammar; using social language skills and producing clear and flowing speech.  Instruction is provided to family and caregivers on how to integrate therapeutic activities into children’s daily lives.

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Special Program Offerings

Periodically, we offer special courses for parents or groups for children.  Please call to find out more about our groups that are open to all children.

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Informational Links

Child development:  www.med.umich.edu/1libr/yourchild/devmile.htm

Community resource:  http://www.rochesterfamilies.com/special_needs.html

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