Pediatric Therapy Services
Physical therapists look closely at how a baby’s muscle tone is affecting his or her ability to move, and they’re able to develop a plan to change movement patterns and assist the baby in acquiring new skills.
Woman’s therapists are skilled in orthotic management, including splinting and serial casting. They are also able to assess equipment needs, including standers, floor sitters, and custom wheelchairs. Woman's also provides aquatic therapy services.
Our occupational therapists address age-appropriate perceptual motor, sensory motor, and fine motor skills and how they relate to play and function. Feeding abilities and sensory issues are also commonly addressed. For the school-aged child, problems related to handwriting skills are addressed and treated.
Comprehensive speech and language services for adults and children include assessment and treatment of communication disorders such as those related to articulation, language, voice, and fluency. Speech therapy services are also available for individuals who are hearing impaired, including those who have a cochlear implant or wear hearing aids.
Today, with the advent of computer technology, hearing experts can identify an infant’s ability to hear as early as six hours after birth.
In addition to conducting hearing screenings on the 8,000 babies born at Woman’s Hospital each year, our audiologists diagnose and treat hearing disorders, and provide counseling and rehabilitation for men and women who have hearing loss.
Medical Nutrition Therapy for Infants, Children, and Adolescents
Registered dietitians (RD’s) are nutritional professionals trained in the use of nutrition to prevent and control disease. The RD’s at Woman’s Hospital counsel individuals and family members of infants, children, and adolescents on a variety of nutrition topics through Medical Nutrition Therapy sessions.
- Therapy for Premature Babies - Pediatric occupational, physical, and speech therapists specialize in the treatment of babies, especially premature infants. Therapy services are available for infants and children with developmental delays and motor or feeding difficulties.
- NICU Services - Therapists offer services in the NICU for inpatients and at the Center for Wellness for outpatients. Follow-up assessments for babies discharged from the NICU, including motor and feeding screenings, are also offered.
- Home Programs - Developmentally appropriate home programs are designed for all inpatients and outpatients.
Any concerns about your baby’s development should be discussed with your pediatrician or family doctor. Keep in mind premature infants may achieve milestones closer to their adjusted age. (Adjusted age can be determined by subtracting the number of weeks of prematurity from the baby's chronological age.)
If you feel your child is at risk for developmental delays or has feeding difficulties, discuss your concerns with your pediatrician or family doctor. Inquire about the need to initiate physical, occupational, or speech therapy.
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