Pediatric Rehabilitation Services

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Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy

At Glacial Ridge Health System, our pediatric physical and occupational therapists help children develop the skills needed to perform everyday tasks. They work with children from newborns to 18 years old who are experiencing difficulties functioning in one or more areas of their lives. Physical Therapy (PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT) consists of fun, meaningful activities which motivate them and ensure their experience is successful and enjoyable. They think it’s play, we know it works.

Conditions We Treat

We care for children from birth to 18 years of age with a variety of diagnosis including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Cognitive or Developmental Delays
  • Increased or Decreased Muscle Tone
  • Mental Health or Behavioral Problems
  • Traumatic Injuries (brain or spinal cord)
  • Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD)
  • Apraxia
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Birth Injuries or Birth Defects
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Gait Deficits
  • Handwriting Difficulty
  • Learning Problems
  • Orthopedic Conditions
  • Post-surgical Conditions
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Torticollis

Physical Therapy (PT) Referral

We are committed to using the latest technology, tests and techniques to support children who have injuries, disabilities and complex conditions. Our goal is to help them achieve the highest levels of independence and function possible.

If your child or a child you know is demonstrating any of the following, a Physical Therapy evaluation may be appropriate:

  • Has difficulty with balance
  • Falls often or is clumsy
  • Appears unsafe on a playground
  • Has decreased strength
  • Is often tired during the day
  • Has difficulty opening doors or carrying books
  • Sits incorrectly in a chair
  • Has difficulty getting up from the floor
  • Has poor posture
  • Has difficulty with coordination
  • Is older than 15 months and is not walking
  • Is walking on his or her toes
  • Bumps into things or trips often

Treatments We Provide

These treatments and services are provided through pediatric physical therapy:

  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Gait Training
  • Strength and Endurance
  • Balance and Coordination
  • Adaptive Equipment

Occupational Therapy (OT) Referral

For children, therapy focuses on the “occupations” or “jobs” of childhood such as play, socialization, self-care and school performance. The occupation of play becomes a child’s work as it is essential for their development. We help children develop the skills needed for functional independence in important developmental areas.

If your child or a child you know is demonstrating any of the following, an Occupational Therapy evaluation may be appropriate:

  • Difficulty tolerating clothing or clothing changes; socks, jeans
  • Overly sensitive to sensory stimulation such as smells or noises; covers ears
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, difficulty getting up in the morning
  • Struggles with transitions from task to task; frequent crying / tantrums with changes in routine
  • Poor attention while completing tasks, easily distracted
  • Poor balance; doesn’t ride a bike, doesn’t climb, falls frequently
  • Isolates self from others
  • Frequently runs into others, no awareness of self or others’ space
  • Avoids fine motor tasks such as using crayons, Legos, fasteners on clothing
  • Experiences difficulty learning new motor tasks such as jumping and climbing
  • Appears floppy, weak, slumps when sitting / standing, prefers activities requiring little movement
  • Cannot calm self by sucking on pacifier, looking at toys, listening to your voice
  • Limited diet; refuses to try new foods, gags when trying new tastes, textures
  • Appears extremely anxious, states frequent fears of benign things
  • Overwhelmed on the playground, during recess, music class, gym class

Treatments We Provide

These treatments and services are provided through pediatric occupational therapy:

  • Executive Functioning
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Handwriting
  • Reflex Integration
  • Sensory Diet
  • Sensory Integration
  • Self-Care Skill
  • Upper Extremity Function

Referral to Pediatric Rehabilitative Services

If you have questions or are interested in receiving pediatric therapy services, please contact your child’s physician for a referral or call the therapy department at 320.634.2015.