SVH: Child Development Center — Pediatric Therapies

Customized Mix of Pediatric Therapy

Our therapy specialists possess advanced knowledge and certifications, and/or expertise, in the field of pediatrics. Certifications and expertise include neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT certification); Sensory Integration Praxis Test (SIPT certification); FastForward certification; Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) expertise; licensed infant massage therapy, aquatic therapy, and oral-motor/feeding expertise. We administer comprehensive developmental assessments and evaluations from birth through adolescence in all therapy areas.

Physical Therapy
Physical therapy often involves treating children with muscle and bone disorders or limitations that compromise movement. Our staff has advanced knowledge in pediatric orthopedic care and therapy techniques. Enhanced motor coordination and improved functional balance are frequent outcomes of therapy. Common conditions requiring physical therapy involve problems or delays with gait, muscle tone and mobility. Training with crutches, braces or a wheelchair may be indicated. Staff is qualified to determine the need for and fabricate orthotics. Balance or coordination difficulties may also be addressed.

Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy often is geared to address fine motor coordination, visual-motor shills and self-help skills. In addition, occupational therapy addresses sensory integrative functioning. This refers to the child’s ability to perceive and organize sensory information like movement, hearing and touch. Children with sensory integrative deficits may display difficulties – including problems with attention, motor coordination, activity level, language development, behavior and learning. Our staff has advanced knowledge and training in providing intervention for these challenges. Staff is qualified to determine the need for and fabrication of splints for improved upper extremity function.

Common conditions requiring occupational therapy involve difficulties accomplishing activities of daily living such as playing, eating, dressing or grooming. Other difficulties may include writing, processing sensory information, and/or functioning in a structured environment, such as a school setting.

Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and language therapy develops communication skills for children who demonstrate difficulty in communicating. Often ideas and words exist only in the child’s mind, as they are unable to share them articulately with others. Speech and language therapy allows for improved communication skills at home, at school and at play. Our experienced staff has extensive skills in oral motor control, dysphasia, language expression, pragmatics, assistive technology, and cognition.

Common conditions requiring speech and language therapy involve problems or delays in understanding and expressing language. Children who are non-verbal, have difficulty following instructions, or expressing needs in words may benefit from this intervention. Training in sign language or other forms of augmentative communication may be indicated.

Music Therapy

Have you ever noticed how you feel better when you listen to music? Music can take your mind off your problems, make a difficult physical task easier to handle, relieve stress and help the mind and body work together. Children participate in music therapy by singing along, playing percussion instruments and moving and dancing to the music. Music helps to teach concepts, such as left, right, forward and backwards, or memorize important information. It can also be used as a reward for completing a particular task, or as a background to facilitate other activities. Our board certified music therapist uses music to stimulate children’s minds and bodies.