Occupational Therapy

Your child might benefit from OT if they have:
· Poor coordination
· Decreased balance, the “clumsy child”
· Delayed motor skill development
· Low muscle tone or strength
· Difficulty with handwriting
· Been diagnosed with a learning disability: dyslexia, dysgraphia
· Difficulty completing tasks that seem easily attained by peers
· Behavioral or social skill issues
· Decreased attention or ability to participate in age appropriate activities
· Decreased self esteem and self concept
· Decreased visual skills including visual perceptual skills and ocular motor skills
· Difficulties with feeding, is a picky eater or a messy eater

If you think your child may benefit from Occupational Therapy, download this checklist for parents & teachers.

What is Occupational Therapy?


Speech Therapy

Your child might benefit from Speech Therapy if they have:
· Decreased ability to communicate
· Limited vocabulary for their age
· Poor articulation and enunciation
· Stuttering and fluency issues
· Difficulty understanding what is said to them, difficulty following directions
· Poor verbal or written expression
· Difficulty listening in noisy environments
· Immature sentence structure, immature language, or uses nonspecific words frequently
· Difficulty with problem-solving
· Poor social skills, difficulty having a conversation
· Difficulty with bottle feeding, difficulty with eating: low oral motor tone, drools, is a picky eater
· Decreased attention, difficulty functioning in a group setting
· Difficulty with reading, spelling,  and/or writing

If you think your child may benefit from Speech Therapy, download the  Speech & Language Developmental Checklist

What is Speech Therapy?


Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is the preservation, enhancement, or restoration of movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disability, disease, or injury that utilizes therapeutic exercise, physical modalities (such as massage), assistive devices, and patient education and training.

Pediatric physical therapy focuses on improving gross motor skills, balance, trunk control, strength, range of motion, safety in the environment, and activities of daily living. Additionally, pediatric physical therapy can assist with decreasing pain and with return to function after a fracture or minor injury.

Diagnoses include but are not limited to the following:
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Seizure Disorders/Epilepsy
  • Rett’s
  • Torticollis
  • Hypotonia
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Brain Injury/Concussion
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Ankle Sprains/post-casting fractures
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Motor Coordination Disorder
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Neuromuscular Disease
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Mitochondrial Disorders
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Developmental Delay, including premature infants
Your child might benefit from PT if they:
  • have poor coordination: if they fall often, trip or run into objects frequently, or even seem uncoordinated jumping and running
  • demonstrate poor balance
  • have delayed gross motor skill development
  • have poor trunk strength: seem to slouch or “w” sit frequently, have trouble staying in chair or sitting upright on the floor
  • as an infant, seem to only be looking one way or have a tilted head position
  • have suffered an injury and are having difficulty recovering on their own
  • seem weaker than peers or have trouble keeping up with peers at school (such as in PE)
  • walk on toes frequently
  • complain of pain such as in back, foot, etc.
  • seem to walk differently than peers or with poor alignment