Pediatric Therapy Services

Pediatric therapists help infants, children and families reach maximum function while at home, school and in the community. A variety of therapy options are available to ensure your child receives exactly the care they need. 

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy examines a child’s gross motor skills to evaluate their balance, mobility, motion, posture, strength and transitions.

What physical therapy can help with:

  • Delayed milestones with crawling, sitting or walking
  • Imbalance of muscle tone and strength
  • Poor coordination compared to same-age peers with ball skills, hopping, jumping, play skills, running or stairs
  • Toe-walking issues
  • Torticollis (twisted neck)

How physical therapy can help:

  • Assist in proper positioning
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Provide adaptive equipment recommendations
  • Provide age-appropriate developmental activities
  • Teach motor development

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy examines a child’s attention, coordination, feeding, fine motor skills, school and learning skills, self-cares and sensory processing.

What occupational therapy can help with:

  • Challenging behaviors
  • Decreased visual perceptual skills
  • Difficulty coloring, writing or manipulating objects
  • Difficulty playing or interacting with peers
  • Hyperactivity or under arousal
  • Picky eating or poor oral motor skills for eating
  • Sensitivity to touch, texture or noise

How occupational therapy can help:

  • Enhance fine motor skills
  • Improve coordination
  • Improve feeding skills
  • Improve handwriting
  • Improve self-cares
  • Learning through age-appropriate play
  • Practice social-skill building
  • Provide strengthening programs
  • Teach behavioral modification
  • Teach graded sensory activities

Speech Therapy

Speech therapy examines a child’s listening and speaking communication skills including fluency, language, social skills and speech sound errors. Speech therapy can also address pediatric swallowing and voice issues.

Speech therapy includes treatment and services in the following areas:

  • Articulation (speech sound errors)
  • Autism
  • Childhood apraxia of speech (difficulty making accurate movements when speaking)
  • Development delays
  • Genetic disorders
  • Grammar and vocabulary development
  • Hoarse voice
  • Neurological impairments
  • Receptive and expressive language
  • Stuttering
  • Swallowing
    • Video swallow studies
    • VitalStim therapy

How speech therapy can help: 

  • Correct speech sound errors
  • Decrease stuttering severity
  • Expand vocabulary
  • Improve listening skills
  • Improve social interactions
  • Improve swallowing/feeding
  • Teach grammar skills

Free screenings are available to determine if your child is on track to meet developmental milestones. No referral is needed. 

Call 507-375-8682 to schedule an appointment or visit our Rehabilitation Therapies page to see additional therapy services available.