OT & PT & ST, oh my!
Pediatric Occupational Therapists focus on using play to optimize a child's abilities in a wide variety of daily tasks & activities. An OT's favorite word is
Childhood spans the range from birth through adolescence. Just think about the variety of occupations you were engaged in during this period of time in your life! Consider how these occupations become increasingly complex during childhood and how they formed an important foundation for the roles you play as an adult today.
The primary occupations - that is, jobs & activities - of children are:
- Activities of Daily Living (feeding, toileting, dressing, grooming, mobility)
- Learning and school performance
A core value of pediatric occupational therapy is providing family-centered care and service. The needs, desires, and values of the child and family drive the direction of OT assessments and intervention. The focus of occupational therapy intervention directly reflects the child's and/or family's priorities.
The educational background of Occupational therapists includes extensive course work in anatomy, neurology and psychology. Their education also includes course work in activity analysis. This enables the therapist to analyze the components of a play or work activity with which a child might be struggling and choose activities for therapy sessions that will improve the child's skills most effectively - while still being fun of course!
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Pediatric Physical Therapy focuses on the evaluation and treatment of children experiencing difficulty with movement. Whether due to injury, illness, or simply slower-than-expected development, pediatric PTs get kids moving and shaking!
Pediatric Physical therapists are trained in all stages of child development; they are highly qualified to address the special needs of children from birth through adolescence. It's no secret - PT can be hard work, but pediatric PTs are experts when it comes to motivating and challenging your child to improve his/her abilities. As your child progresses, your therapist will also teach you, as a parent, what to expect and how you can help your child at home.
- Help kids develop or improve sports/athletic skills
- Assist children in regaining vital mobility skills after surgery or injury
- Prevent deconditioning through monitored exercise
- Teach use of devices such as crutches, walkers or wheelchairs
- Assess need for braces, orthotics, or splints
- Assess developmental needs of children starting at birth
- Assist children who have chronic disabilities become more functional and independent
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A baby is born. After starting to breath air, what is her very first job? To eat. If a child's oral-motor skills are compromised by any type of disorder or delay in development, eating can be a scary, dangerous task. A pediatric speech therapist is an expert in treating these difficulties with knowledge, skill, and compassion.
A bit later in childhood, one of the most complex and vitally important parts of growing up is the development of speech & language. Like eating, the use of language can seem deceptively simple when in fact, it is a very complicated multi-faceted process. When a disorder or delay is present, one or several of these facets can be compromised and can affect the child's ability to communicate effectively. Once again, pediatric speech therapists come to the rescue in this area.
Some feeding and/or communication difficulties can be caused by cognitive deficits - disorders of sequencing, problem-solving, or memory. Pediatric speech therapists have extensive education and training in handling these specific challenges.
Finally, when a child is unable to effectively communicate, over time he or she may resort to acts of aggression or other forms of misbehavior. While all pediatric therapists participate in behavior management when needed, speech therapists are often the most highly skilled in this challenging area.
To summarize, pediatric Speech therapists provide evaluation and treatment of:
- Expressive and receptive language disorders
- Auditory processing
- Communication disorders such as stuttering, voice problems and speech delay
- Articulation and phonological disorders
- Cognitive skills, such as problem solving and reasoning
- Social skills - for example, topic initiation and turn-taking
- Feeding, swallowing and oral motor skills
- Augmentative communication
- Behavior management
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