In-Patient Therapy

KIDNETICS' in-patient therapists see patients on the 5th and 6th floors in the Children's Hospital. This includes infants in the newborn nursery and neonatal intensive care unit, as well as children in the pediatric intensive and intermediate care units and pediatric oncology, general and orthopedic surgery. Our office/treatment space is located on the 5th floor of the Children's Hospital next to the Child Life playroom (turn left when you exit the elevators on the 5th floor of the Children's tower, and we are the last door on the right).

Our therapists assist infants/children in recovering from accidents or illnesses using play, exercise, and activities of daily living (feeding, dressing, hygiene). We include families in treatment sessions when possible to assist with parent education and facilitate the transition to home. The diagnoses we may be involved in treating include: motor vehicle accidents, head trauma, orthopedic injuries, neurologic problems, genetic syndromes, cleft lip/palate, cardiac or pulmonary abnormalities (including cystic fibrosis), tracheostomies, and feeding/swallowing difficulties.

KIDNETICS' in-patient occupational therapists provide services to assist children with activities of daily living including feeding-eating and swallowing, range of motion, and strengthening, especially of the arms and upper trunk. They provide assistance when children have difficulty with muscle stiffness or weakness, motor control, coordination problems, and impaired fine motor or visual motor/perceptual skills. They also address arousal (state control) and sensory impairments. They can provide adaptive equipment to facilitate independence with self-care skills, and may make splints or offer suggestions for positioning support.

KIDNETICS' in-patient physical therapists are specialists in functional mobility, helping children learn to roll, crawl, stand, and walk. They work on improving endurance, strength, and range of motion, particularly in the lower trunk and legs. They also work on balance, coordination, and other gross motor skills. They may provide equipment to facilitate moving through the environment or offer suggestions for positioning support, and when necessary, make recommendations for splinting of the lower extremities.

KIDNETICS' in-patient speech pathologists provide services to improve communication, oral motor skills, and swallowing. They evaluate both the child's level of understanding and ability to speak. They assess the safety of swallowing through bedside evaluation and specialized testing in radiology. They may provide devices to facilitate communication.

Meet our In-patient Therapists:

Becky Gratton/Sue Strzyzewski Occupational Therapists

Kristen Parsons/Sarah Funderburg                                                    Physical Therapists

Tara Hannon/Laurie Quinones
Speech Therapists

Leni Ulrich, Occupational Therapist, Supervisor (864) 455-4364