Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapists know the profound joy of helping children and their families achieve greater happiness under challenging circumstances. Therapists work to strengthen and promote a child’s independence and integration at home, in school and in the broader community. Pediatric therapists have an impressive array of techniques to treat musculoskeletal problems and improve the mobility of children facing numerous health conditions such as:
- Developmental Delay
- Sensory Integration Dysfunction
- Sensory Processing Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Cerebral Palsy and Neuromuscular Disorders
- Down Syndrome
- Learning Disabilities/Dysgraphia
- Infant Torticollis
- Toe Walking
- Post-surgical issues
- Brain Injury
- Spina Bifida
- Post Cancer Treatment
What does the first session look like?
Therapy begins with an interview of the child and his/ her family along with a physical exam to diagnose the source of the child’s movement difficulties. From there, the therapist guides and individualizes a treatment regimen. Physical and Occupational Therapists work together to improve the child’s strength, range of motion, endurance, balance, coordination, gait, heart and lung endurance, and motor development.
Want to learn more about Pediatric Rehabilitation?
We also have therapists who have advanced training in specific pediatric diagnosis’. Please click on the appropriate links below to find the therapists that can help you!
- Pediatric Pelvic Health – Toileting problems can lead to embarrassment and anxiety for both parent and child. Millions of children struggle with wetting accidents and are often not getting the right help. Physical therapy is a positive, non-invasive treatment that can help your child gain control of and independence with bowel and bladder function.
- Post-Concussion – Most children recover from concussions, however, some children will have a delayed recovery. Our certified clinicians will work with patients to help improve function and return to normal activities.
- Scoliosis – The treatment approach can be used to treat scoliosis patients of all ages and can be utilized to treat in all stages of scoliosis, including after surgery.
- Vestibular Rehabilitation – Treatment will involve evidence-based interventions, conducted one-on-one with a certified clinician, and will include a vestibular assessment. The assessment includes special tests to help identify the cause of dizziness/vertigo symptoms and the patients ability to tolerate movement and balance.
If you have questions about pediatric rehabilitation, please contact one of our trained providers below.
Megan Milyard OT/L, OTD, AIB-VR/Con (Poulsbo NKMC)
Brandon Escobar OT, MSOT (Poulsbo NKMC)