Therapy for Kids
Mercy’s Pediatric Therapy provides occupational, physical and speech therapies for children and is located in Mercy’s Pediatric Clinic. The clinic offers specialized equipment in a kid-friendly environment, such as therapy swings, an activity gym and a small climbing area to aid in strength and dexterity training. Patients are provided with the highest continuity of care and emphasis is placed on the coordination of appointments between different therapies. The clinic offers immediate scheduling with convenient access to Mercy pediatricians.
Occupational Therapy (OT) works with children with or without a formal diagnosis of mild to moderate developmental delays, fine motor delays, autism, ADHD, sensory processing, and cerebral palsy to list a few. A child who may benefit from OT may exhibit difficulties with handwriting, cutting, dressing, feeding, puzzles, weak muscles, and just doesn’t seem to be completing activities similar to their peers. Treatment will focus on allowing your child to become as independent as possible with their daily activities.
Physical Therapy (PT) includes working with children who have developmental delays, torticollis, cerebral palsy, head injuries and other neurological conditions. Children who are not achieving sitting, crawling or walking by the appropriate age may benefit from physical therapy. Treatment includes instruction to parents on positioning and handling infants as well as exercise for children that will help them improve their strength, flexibility and gross motor skills.
Speech Therapy includes working with children who have difficulty with articulation (speech sounds), fluency (stuttering), and voice disorders; language disorders, including autism and Asperger’s syndrome; speech/language delays related to hearing loss, cognitive delays; cleft palate; and oral motor dysfunction related to speech and swallowing. Speech therapy also includes evaluation and training on augmentative communication devices, from high-tech computer and switch-based speaking devices to low-tech picture cards or books.