Physical therapy helps change movement patterns and can assist your baby in acquiring new skills. Woman’s therapists are skilled in the following:
- Orthotic management, including splinting and serial casting
- Assessment of equipment needs, including standers, floor sitters and custom wheelchairs
- Aquatic therapy services
- Gross motor skills, such as crawling, walking and standing up
Occupational therapists address the following age-appropriate skills and how they relate to play and function:
- Perceptual motor
- Sensory motor
- Fine motor skills, such as feeding abilities and handwriting skills in school-aged children
Woman’s speech pathologists provide comprehensive speech and language assessment and treatment of communication disorders, such as those related to
Woman’s also offers VitalStim Therapy to children. This is a non-invasive form of speech therapy that uses electrical current to stimulate the muscles responsible for swallowing.
Today, hearing experts can identify an infant’s ability to hear as early as six hours after birth!
In addition to performing hearing testing on more than 8,000 babies a year, our audiologists diagnose and treat hearing disorders, and provide counseling and rehabilitation for men, women and children with hearing loss. We also offer hearing aid services for infants and children.
Medical Nutrition Therapy for Infants, Children and Adolescents
Registered dietitians are trained in the use of nutrition to prevent and control disease. At Woman’s, they counsel individuals and family members of infants, children and adolescents on a variety of nutrition topics through medical nutrition therapy.
Therapy for Premature Babies
Pediatric occupational, physical and speech therapists specialize in the treatment of premature babies. Our therapists also perform care in the NICU and, following discharge, at the Woman’s Center for Wellness for follow-up assessments and motor and feeding screenings. Keep in mind that premature infants may achieve milestones closer to their adjusted age, which is determined by subtracting the number of weeks of prematurity from the baby’s chronological age.