Pediatric occupational therapy (OT) focuses on the use of everyday occupation and “play” in order to help a child meet their developmental milestones and more fully participate in a child’s very important occupations of being a student in the classroom, being a friend, being a good sibling, and being a good son/daughter.
Pediatric physical therapy (PT) works with children and their families to assist each child in reaching their maximum potential to function independently and to promote active participation in home, school, and community environments. Physical therapy treatment focuses on improving muscle strength, balance, posture, range of motion, and quality of movement.
Speech therapy not only addresses a child’s articulation skills, but receptive language, expressive language, and pragmatic language (social skills) as well. In addition, speech language pathologists (SLP’s) also work to improve oral motor skills and feeding disorders which may include tongue thrust swallow patterns and food aversions.