Northwood Deaconess Health Center provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy to children with developmental delays and sensory needs. With parent instruction and outpatient therapy sessions, your child has the potential to develop the skills necessary to be independent with daily life skills.
Who would benefit from therapy?
A child of any age (birth to young adulthood) with developmental delays or sensory needs would benefit from these therapy services. Developmental delays are noted when skills are not reached within the normal age range.
Physical therapy treats children diagnosed with, but is not limited to, cerebral palsy, spina-bifida, brain injuries, Down Syndrome, neurological conditions, heart conditions, torticollis, weakness, spasticity, pain or inability to stand, poor balance, and post-surgical procedures.
Occupational therapy treats these same conditions when they are paired with behavioral, fine motor concerns, or concerns with any activities of daily living such as education, dressing, bathing, sleeping, eating, and more.
Speech-language pathology is involved when children have social, communication, and cognition delays. Common diagnoses include articulation/phonological disorder, apraxia, language disorder, executive function disorder, autism, and other genetic/neurological conditions.
It is common to begin all three services at a very young age. Our therapists use play to facilitate motor learning without the child realizing they are working which makes it a fun and enjoyable experience. Our therapists have experience with equipment such as standers, walkers, braces, a spider cage, augmentative communication devices, and other home equipment used to make daily activities easier for the child and his or her family.
Communication and Cognition
Communication consists of social skills, articulation, and language (speaking, reading, writing, auditory comprehension, grammar, etc.) Cognition controls our memory, attention, problem-solving, and executive function skills. Having appropriate communication and cognition skills are vital to children becoming independent adults.
Gross motor activities are those which require the use of most of the body. Gross motor delays are when a child is unable to use his or her body for activities such as crawling, rolling, walking, kicking, catching, running, and jumping.
Fine motor activities are those which require small movements, typically involving the hand and fingers for daily tasks such as writing, buttoning, zipping, tying, etc.
There may be sensory integration concerns when a child has a sensitivity to touch, smells, sounds, and light. Behavioral issues, clumsiness, difficulty with daily routines, and hyperactivity can also indicate sensory integration concerns. NDHC specializes in education and treatment of sensory integration disorders. Ms. Hillesland and Mrs. Snyder provide consultation throughout ND and MN to therapists, schools, and families to support treatment for children close to home.