Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies

Patient Specialty Services

  • Aquatic Therapy

    Physical and occupational therapists work with children in the water to help relax tight musculature, increase range of motion and improve strength, balance and endurance.

    Offered by both occupational and physical therapists, aquatic therapy services are provided in outpatient clinics on the Southside and the Peninsula. A state-of-the-art HydroWorx® pool is available for skilled aquatic therapeutic intervention.

  • Augmentative Communication Clinic

    To help patients with language disorders, CHKD’s clinic is fully equipped with the latest technological advances in the field of augmentative communication.

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  • Adaptive Seating Clinic

    Children are evaluated and fitted for specialty wheelchairs, seating systems and other durable medical equipment. In addition, a car seat program ensures the overall safety of the children in Hampton Roads.

  • Interactive Metronome

    Specially trained therapists use a computer-based training program to improve attention, coordination and timing in children with cognitive and physical difficulties, including ADHD. Learn more at

  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation to Treat Dysphagia

    Specially trained therapists use small electrical currents to stimulate the muscles responsible for swallowing, while “re-educating” the muscles through traditional therapy techniques. Learn more at

  • Serial Casting Clinic

    Providing upper and lower extremity casting to increase range of motion for children with contracted or tight musculature. Therapists apply a series of casts to achieve an appropriate alignment and functional range of motion.

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  • Splint Clinic

    Specializing in creating (fabricating) orthotics, adaptive equipment and hand splints. Examples are AFOs (ankle foot orthosis), knee extension splints, hand splints, Benik gloves and other specialized equipment.

  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Specially trained therapists use auditory intervention to affect the nervous system in order to improve connection, engagement, communication, new learning and high level skills. Learn more at

  • Video Swallow Studies

    These tests examine the swallowing skills of patients with diagnosed or suspected swallowing dysfunction.

Along with the clinics mentioned above we also participate in others. The craniofacial clinic has a specialized speech therapist working as an integral part of the team. In addition we participate in the Velopharyngeal Insufficiency (VPI) Clinic, which allows speech therapists to assess the severity of VPI in conjunction with ENT’s.