Occupational therapy’s primary goal is to improve a child’s functional performance and to enhance the child’s ability to interact with his/her physical and social environment. Pediatric occupational therapy targets a child’s occupation–which is to develop social, play, self-care, learning & sensory processing skills. This includes, but is not limited to, feeding skills, state regulation (self-calming & sleep), fine-motor skills, self-help skills, pre-writing and writing skills, visual motor/perceptual skills, and motor coordination. Pediatric OT’s are also skilled in modifying or adapting a child’s environment so that the child has the ability to reach his/her full potential.
Common diagnoses treated by a pediatric occupational therapist:
Pediatric physical therapy facilitates the normal progression of motor skill and mobility development, strength, range of motion, and functional limitations resulting from disability, injury, or anatomical malformations. Physical therapists work with their patients to promote strength, core stability, balance and coordination as the child transitions from one developmental level to another. Pediatric physical therapists are also skilled in making recommendations for mobility or equipment needs, craniofacial issues, and/or anatomical deformities. Pediatric physical therapists approach therapy through tummy and floor time, facilitating transitions from sitting to crawling to walking in a playful, fun environment to motivate them to achieve their goals.
Common diagnoses treated with physical therapy:
Pediatric speech-language pathologists are trained to evaluate and treat conditions such as articulation disorders, receptive and expressive language delays, apraxia of speech, feeding and swallowing disorders, auditory processing and fluency disorders. Also called a “speech therapist” or “SLP,” speech-language pathologists work to improve a child’s ability to communicate effectively with others and develop healthy and safe feeding skills. Treatment for feeding and swallowing may include oral motor interventions, integration of sensory techniques, and/or training and support for parents in expanding a child’s acceptance of foods or in food transitions (breast/bottle to solids, cup introduction, etc.). Comprehensive evaluations can be completed to determine the child’s specific needs. In pediatrics in particular, speech-language pathologists are critical in helping children to develop early communication skills, functional oral motor skills for speech and feeding, to learn to interact with the world and others around them, and they do it all through play! Speech therapy integrates play, music, movement and laughter into every therapy session.
Common diagnoses treated by a pediatric speech-language pathologist:
In addition to traditional OT, PT, & ST evaluations, Milestone Makers offers team-based developmental assessments to babies between the ages of 0-24 months who are at-risk for developmental delays. These developmental assessments will include screenings by a member of each discipline to monitor developmental progress with early milestones and identify any areas needing further intervention. The developmental assessments typically take 45-60 minutes to administer, and parents will receive a clinical summary of the child’s developmental status, based on standardized assessment tools. Assessments will be offered at 4, 8, 12, 18, and 24 months to provide ongoing consultation with the family on their child’s progress on necessary early developmental milestone mastery.