St. Claire's physical, occupational and speech therapists can add beneficial support to your child's development. Our therapists have received pediatric-specific training and certifications. They provide thorough evaluations and individualized therapy. Most importantly, our therapists give children the confidence to interact with peers and play with their friends. The result is confident children and adolescents who are motivated to lead promising lives.
Pediatric physical therapists focus on developing a child's movement skills to help them reach motor milestones, improve strength, improve mobility or endurance, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities. Movement is the foundation for maximizing your child's independence.
Your child may benefit from physical therapy if they have trouble:
- Learning how to crawl or walk.
- Sitting or standing without support.
- Walking up and down stairs.
- Walking and running without tripping or falling.
- Catching or throwing objects.
- Staying on the same physical skill level as their peers.
- Maintaining good posture.
- Keeping balance or with coordination.
- Falling often or not protecting him/herself when he/she falls.
Occupational therapists address skills that help individuals be successful in their occupations. Pediatric occupational therapists understand that school, play and self-care are the "occupations" of childhood. We are dedicated to helping children participate in life to their fullest potential and develop the skills to become functional, independent children.
Your child may benefit from occupational therapy if they:
- Have difficulty using two hands together for tasks.
- Have difficulty adjusting to new environments or to sensations such as sounds, touch, or movement.
- Spin, rock or rub objects excessively.
- Have difficulty using tools for writing or feeding.
- Have poor handwriting.
- Have difficulty getting dressed or using buttons, hooks or fasteners.
- Have trouble playing with peers.
- Have trouble tolerating the taste or texture of foods or may be a picky eater.
- Are not on the same level as their peers in daily childhood activities.
Speech and language therapists address the ability to communicate a message using voice, fluency, articulation and rhythm, as well as non-verbal methods such as body and sign language. They help children understand and use language to express their thoughts, feelings and desires by developing optimal communication skills tailored to the child's specific needs.
Your child may benefit from speech therapy if they have trouble:
- Learning how to speak or have a limited use of words.
- Pronouncing words so that others can understand.
- Answering and asking questions.
- Following directions.
- Responding when his or her name is called.
- Listening when there is noise in the background.
- Chewing and swallowing.
- Controlling excessive drooling.
- Speaking with peers.
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm concerned about my child. What should I do?
Speak with your child's healthcare provider to discuss your concerns. If a referral is made for therapy, we will schedule your child for an evaluation in physical, occupational and/or speech therapy.
What ages does St. Claire Pediatric Therapy treat?
We see children of all ages, from birth through 18 years old.
How often and how many therapy sessions will my child have?
The total number of visits will be based on the evaluation and goals set by your therapist. Generally, children see a therapist once or twice a week.
What insurance do you accept?
St. Claire Pediatric Therapy accepts most major insurance plans. Insurance companies are complicated and all plans are different. We will make every effort to accommodate your child and assist you in understanding what benefits are available to your child in their healthcare plan.