Pediatric Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Services focus on many childhood disorders such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injury, torticollis, brachial plexus injuries, stroke (CVA), apraxia, orthopedic injuries, sensory processing disorder, and autism and Asperger’s syndrome.
We offer a quality, interdisciplinary approach to treating newborns through adolescents in need of development and/or rehabilitation services and offer comprehensive evaluations based on the child’s needs and the concerns of their parents and physicians.
CVPH Medical Centers Occupational Therapists treat children of all ages, beginning with early infancy. We work to improve range of motion, strength, gross and fine motor skills such as handwriting, play and socialization, sensory integration, dressing and self-help skills, and feeding. Our therapists may also suggest environmental changes in the home, recommend special, adaptive equipment and provide caregiver training. We work closely with the family and physician to maximize the child’s performance in all areas.
CVPH Medical Center Physical Therapists also work with children to improve gross motor skills such as crawling, skipping and jumping, improve muscle tone and strength, postural control, walking patterns and endurance. We may also recommend splints or braces and educate on wheelchair positioning. Like our Occupational Therapists, our Physical Therapists work closely with the family and physician to maximize a child’s strengths to enhance their participation in daily living activities, play and school.
Speech / Language Pathology
Our pediatric Speech Language Therapist provides services for children with Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Down syndrome, articulation/phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language delay/disorder, and apraxia, amongst others.
We also assist in improving oral motor skills such as chewing and swallowing, along with lip closure and appropriate tongue movements involved in eating and drinking. Additionally, we work to improve receptive and expressive language skills, articulation, oral motor, fluency and cognitive skills. We work closely with the family and physician to enhance children's performance in all areas.
Common Ailments Treated in Pediatric Therapy
Toe Walking in Children
Toe walking is common in children learning to walk, but it usually resolves by the age of two years. If toe walking persists, it is considered abnormal and should be evaluated. Treatment may be considered, although observation is also reasonable.
Most Common Birth Injuries
While injuries to the baby during childbirth are uncommon, they do occur. The most common injuries to babies that occur during delivery are broken bones and nerve injuries. Fortunately, most of these injuries will heal with minimal treatments.
Erb's palsy is a condition that occurs during childbirth when the nerves of the brachial plexus are stretched to the point of injury. Treatment of Erb's palsy is to allow the nerves to heal with time. In some cases of Erb's palsy, surgery may be required.
Orthopedic Conditions: Newborns
There are several unique orthopedic problems that affect newborns. Your baby's pediatrician will look for these common conditions, and possibly refer your child to a pediatric orthopedic specialist if there is any concern.
Sport-Specific Injuries In Children
Information on many sports and the injuries you need to be aware of if your child participates in these athletic programs.
How to Wear a Backpack
Backpacks are an easy way for children and teenagers to carry their books and school supplies. The purpose of a backpack is to evenly distribute the weight of these items to the large muscles that support our bodies. Backpacks that are too heavily loaded or improperly worn can cause problems and even lead to injuries.
A common condition, Osgood Schlatter Disease, is often seen in teens and pre-teens and attributed to "growing pains."
Clubfoot is a congenital deformity of the feet seen in newborn children. Clubfoot causes the feet to point down and inwards. The treatment for clubfoot begins immediately after the child is born.
Osteogenesis imperfecta is a disease that causes a defect in the production of a protein called collagen. This childhood disorder causes many problems including frequent fractures.
Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by an insult to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth. Signs and symptoms appear during infancy or preschool years. In general, cerebral palsy causes impaired movement associated with exaggerated reflexes, floppiness or rigidity of the limbs and trunk, abnormal posture, involuntary movements, unsteadiness of walking, or some combination of these.
Muscular dystrophy is a group of genetic diseases in which muscle fibers are unusually susceptible to damage. These damaged muscles become progressively weaker. Most people who have muscular dystrophy will eventually need to use a wheelchair.
Torticollis, also known as wryneck, is a twisting of the neck that causes the head to rotate and tilt at an odd angle.
Asperger's syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others. Children with Asperger's syndrome typically exhibit social awkwardness and an all-absorbing interest in specific topics.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. They include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder.
Developmental delay is when your child does not reach their developmental milestones at the expected times. It is an ongoing major or minor delay in the process of development. If your child is temporarily lagging behind, that is not called developmental delay. Delay can occur in one or many areas; gross or fine motor, language, and social or thinking skills, for example.
Sensory Processing Disorder
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) acts like a neurological “traffic jam” that prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to understand and respond to sensation. People with SPD misinterpret everyday sensory information, such as touch, sound, and movement. They may over-respond and find clothing, physical contact, light, sound, food, or other sensory input unbearable. Or they may under-respond and show little or no reaction, not even to pain or extreme hot and cold. A third option is sensory-motor problems, including weakness, clumsiness, awkwardness or delays in acquiring gross and/or fine motor skills.