It’s often said it takes a village to raise children. With
children with special needs, that village sometimes includes a number of
therapists and specialists.
When children are brought into our clinic for their first assessment,
the therapist may request additional assessments from other health care
professionals. This allows therapists and parents to get a clearer picture of the
child’s strengths and weaknesses and gives valuable information about how to
best address the child’s individual needs.
pathologists give children the skills necessary for successful
communication and meaningful interactions with others. Additionally, speech
therapists assist children with feeding difficulties to eat and swallow safely.
Physical therapists work to improve muscle strength, range of
motion, reflexes and coordination. Our physical
therapists are also trained to fit and cast custom foot orthotic devices.
Orthotic supports align the foot or lower leg and improve posture, sitting,
standing, walking and running.
Occupational therapists help children develop or regain skills
necessary for play and work, and self and home care. Children may also need
occupational therapy to help them with school and social skills. Play is
important for a child’s mental, physical and emotional development. Occupational
therapists also address sensory
processing and integration problems which have a tremendous impact on
motor skills, behavior, learning and a child’s ability to process information
and respond to the demands and changes of daily living.
the physical health of the child including height, weight gain, and absence of
disease. Doctors also work closely with dieticians or nutritionists to ensure
your child’s nutritional needs are being met for optimal growth and