PSA is a leader in providing the latest evidenced-based, multidisciplinary, family-centered post-acute therapeutic services to children. We provide a medical-based team approach to treating your child. Our therapists provide care for a variety of diagnoses and needs, from acute care to short-term therapies. We offer an initial assessment to determine therapy needs, and we provide an ongoing goal-oriented treatment plan with extensive family involvement.
Our therapists specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and management of infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of congenital, developmental, neurological or acquired disorders/diseases. Our pediatric therapists are licensed professionals that will consult with other therapists to make sure we have a comprehensive plan of treatment in order to maximize your child’s functional independence while empowering both of you in the process.
Occupational therapy addresses a child’s ability to function in the everyday tasks that someone of the same age typically encounters. For younger children, this may be learning to play with toddler toys, drinking from a bottle, and rolling over. A pre-school child’s daily tasks are about learning to dress themselves, feed themselves, and play with other children. As children get older, occupational therapy ensures that they can function as independently as possible in all their self-care tasks, as well as during the school day. Occupational therapy may address a child’s needs through developmental activities, fine motor tasks, sensory integration, visual motor tasks, gross motor play, or other skill-based tasks.
Our pediatric occupational therapists (OT) work with children and infants who have problems in cognitive functions, movement, and coordination. These young patients could be living with a wide range of conditions, such as neurological complaints, orthopedic injuries, spinal cord damage, muscular dystrophy, or other motor disorders.
The work of pediatric occupational therapist involves analyzing and treating skeletal, neuromuscular or cognitive restrictions of their young patients and helping them in developing their interaction and communication skills, refinement of motor skills and educating them in self-care abilities, especially for the older children. Most of the patients are too young to understand verbal instructions, so we often incorporate games into the therapy. This will help to engage their interest and cooperation. It is imperative to have the commitment and support of the family as well.
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) address communication and swallowing disorders in patients. If a child has trouble comprehending or expressing spoken or written language, a speech-language pathologist can help. SLPs help a child understand and use vocabulary, grammar, and the social aspects of language and metalinguistic skills. Some children respond to traditional therapy interventions while others may benefit from use of an alternative or augmentative communication system.
SLPs also assist children with articulation, voice, and fluency disorders. All children develop the sounds that make up words at different rates. However, when a child’s development in this area falls below developmental norms or affects his or her ability to be understood, an articulation disorder may be suspected.
Finally, if an individual has difficulty with any aspect of swallowing, a SLP can assist in the development or rehabilitation of the oral and pharyngeal stages of swallowing.
Our pediatric speech-language pathologists specialize in speech and communication disorders, as well as swallowing disorders. SLPs work with patients on components of speech production and language, as well as oral motor and feeding.
Components of speech production include phonation, the process of sound production; resonance, opening and closing of the vocal folds; intonation, the variation of pitch; and voice, including aeromechanical components of respiration.
Components of language include phonology, the manipulation of sound according to the rules of the language; morphology, the understanding and use of the minimal units of meaning; syntax, the grammar or principles and rules for constructing sentences in language; semantics, the interpretation of meaning from the signs or symbols of communication; and pragmatics, the social aspects of communication.
PSA is committed to providing high-quality, outcomes-oriented healthcare to patients requiring specialized pediatric rehabilitation services in the home. Every employee shares this commitment as we strive daily for clinical excellence, high standards of patient care, partnerships with our families and communities, and ongoing therapy education.
By providing physical, occupational and speech therapy, we are able to provide a valuable multidisciplinary approach that serves all of the child’s therapy needs. In addition, consistent collaboration with doctors and community healthcare providers widen our ability to care for the children further. We also take frequent communication and cooperation with a child’s school into consideration as we provide the most thorough care possible to meet each child’s goals.
Our hope is to set goals with the patient and family and do everything we can to help a child reach their personal best. The family is a key component in optimizing therapy outcomes. We want all of our families to feel that they are involved and knowledgeable about the therapy and care their children are receiving, because help and follow-through at home can make a world of difference in the effectiveness of therapy.
With caregiver collaboration and family-centered treatment, we provide a level of excellence in therapy that we are proud to share with you.
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