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What is Pediatric Therapy? | Home Therapy Advocates for Kids

What is Pediatric Therapy?

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is the treatment of disorders, functional limitations and movements that prohibit a child from performing their normal day to day activities. Physical therapy generally involves pursuing developmental milestones that have been delayed for any number of reasons.

Physical Therapists specialize in the treatment and management of a variety of congenital, developmental, neuromuscular, skeletal, and acquired disorders and diseases and will assist in the early detection of these disorders and limitations in infants, children and adolescents.

Physical Therapists will use techniques and routines that may seem like play to the child, but are actually designed to target areas of delay and difficulty through stretching, strengthening, and reinforcing in a non-threatening way.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is the treatment of physical and developmental conditions that interrupt the normal management of everyday activities.

Occupational Therapists teach children to manage their everyday activities independently. Occupational Therapists focus on self help activities like feeding, dressing, grooming while also working on focus and attention, play and social interaction, hand-eye coordination, calming, regulatory behaviors and more.

An Occupational Therapists’ goal is to guide your child in developing the skills necessary to become a functional and independent adult.

Speech Language Pathology

Speech and Language Therapy is the treatment of speech disorders that occur in children who are often diagnosed with medical conditions such as articulation disorders, fluency disorders, resonance disorders, dysphagia/oral feeding disorders, receptive/expressive language delays, etc.

Many children with delays in speech and language development can benefit from specialized intervention from a Speech Language Pathologist. Speech Language Pathologists focus on a wide variety of disorders and delays ranging from speech intelligibility to treating medically fragile children to utilize their environment to communicate effectively.

Speech Language Pathologists work to find developmentally appropriate activities that will strengthen children in their area of weakness.