Occupational Therapy

KIDNETICS offers pediatric occupational therapy where the therapist works to maximize a child’s ability to perform developmentally or age-appropriate activities of daily living, which include self-care, play and school skills. More specifically, the OT is concerned with functioning in the following areas: dressing, feeding, fine motor manipulation, tool use, i.e. pencil or scissors, and visual-motor/perception, i.e. puzzles and design copying.

Therapy focuses on underlying deficit areas like trunk stability, upper body or hand strength, body awareness, motor planning, visual attention and discrimination, and coordination. Goal-directed activities are presented with the OT’s role being to first engage the child, then to assess their response and grade or adapt necessary components for success.

Sometimes changes in strategies to approach the task are made. Other times, modifications to the environment are required, and splinting or special equipment may be considered. Progressively the challenge is increased until skills are mastered or a plateau in functional level has been achieved.

Physical Therapy

KIDNETICS offers pediatric physical therapy (PT) for children with movement/posture disorders and/or gross motor delays. The main focus of PT is to increase a child’s independence of age appropriate movement through space (rolling, crawling, walking, running), taking into consideration quality and function.

Each child is evaluated and a treatment plan is formulated based on that child’s individual needs. Age appropriate play is used as the primary method of treatment delivery. Adaptive equipment such as wheelchairs, standers, walkers, and crutches are sometimes a part of that treatment plan. To secure that equipment, collaboration with a medical equipment vendor is necessary.

The PT’s work closely with certified orthotists when the children need braces or cranial molding bands. Progressively the challenge is increased until skills are mastered or a plateau in functional level has been achieved.

Speech-Language Therapy

KIDNETICS’ speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat children with a broad range of speech and communication disorders. Services are provided in a child-centered and child-initiated manner through individual and group intervention.

Our therapists specialize in feeding disorders, oral motor dysfunction, dysphagia, apraxia, autism and other sensory based communication disorders, fluency disorders, voice disorders, social/pragmatics disorders, auditory and language processing disorders, augmentative communication, and articulation/phonological disorders including phonological processing disorders.

Comprehensive evaluations are provided for each child in order to develop an individualized treatment plan. The therapists work closely with the parents to determine specific goals, the appropriate type of intervention and the primary focus of therapy.

Specialty programs offered by Kidnetics speech pathologists include: Kidtalk and Motion, ABC University, Social/Pragmatics groups, Preschool language groups, and feeding teams. We work closely with the occupational and physical therapists to provide unique comprehensive services.

Inpatient 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 care unit and pediatric oncology. 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, range of motion, and strengthening, especially of the arms and upper trunk. They provide assistance when children have difficulty with muscle stiffness or weakness, 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.