The Pediatric Therapy Department was established in 2016. The department provides needed therapies for children with special needs that were ineligible or no longer eligible for treatment under the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Program due to ECI age requirements.
Therapies offered are:
Intervention provided by a Speech-Language Pathologist to children with delays in comprehension, verbal expression, articulation, fluency, voice, executive functioning, and pragmatics (social skills). Social skills groups are offered seasonally. Spanish / English bilingual evaluations and therapy available. Our Speech-Language Pathologists provide quality care to children with varying diagnoses to improve their communication skills using alternative communication strategies (i.e., manual sign language, AAC devices, and visual aids).
Family-centered intervention provided by an Auditory-Verbal Specialist to children with hearing loss who wear cochlear implants and/or hearing aids. Our Auditory-Verbal Specialist develops listening and spoken language skills in children with hearing loss whose primary form of communication is oral communication with the children’s parent(s).
Intervention provided by an Occupational Therapist to children with delays in fine motor development, sensory integration, handwriting, feeding, and activities of daily living. Our Occupational Therapists improve and increase children’s participation in everyday tasks via strengthening exercises, motor coordination, sensory activities, and/or adapting the children’s environment.
The PdN Children’s Feeding team is composed of a Gastroenterologist, Dietician, Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, and a Parent Support Specialist. The team works together with the children and their parent(s) to assess, collaborate, and determine the best plan of care for the children who have poor feeding abilities. Our feeding team uses the SOS Approach to Feeding (Sequential Oral Sensory) for problem feeders. The feeding teamwork to increase the children’s comfort with taste, texture, smell, and consistency of food and develop improved oral-motor skills to support safe eating, hydration, and nutrition.