Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies

Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy at CHKD 

Forms of Therapy

Physical Therapy

Therapists work with patients to achieve optimal function in one or more of the following areas:

  • Gross motor development
  • Balance and coordination
  • Gait training
  • Strength, endurance and exercise training
  • Lower extremity and trunk range-of-motion activities
  • Functional independence, including bed mobility, transfers and wheelchair mobility
  • Weight management
  • Burn care and follow-up treatment
  • Evaluation for equipment to increase independence and enhance performance
  • Family and patient instruction and education
  • Coordination of care, including discharge needs

Occupational Therapy

Therapists work with patients to achieve optimal function in one or more of the following areas:

  • Fine motor skills and coordination development
  • Activities of daily living, such as feeding, swallowing or dressing
  • Bathing/hygiene and use of equipment to increase independence and enhance performance
  • Upper extremity and trunk range-of-motion activities
  • Visual perceptual/visual motor skills
  • Sensory integration
  • Burn care, including scar management and pressure garments
  • Family and patient instruction and education
  • Coordination of care, including discharge needs

Speech Therapy

Therapists work with patients to achieve optimal function in one or more of the following areas:

  • Expressive and receptive language disorders
  • Articulation disorders (including PROMPT technique)
  • Fluency and voice disorders
  • Swallowing and feeding disorders
  • Cognitive and rehabilitation skills
  • Aural rehabilitation including cochlear implant rehabilitation therapy and sign language
  • Therapy for patients with craniofacial anomalies, cleft lip/cleft palate and velopharyngeal insufficiency
  • Patient and family education and instruction
  • Coordination of care, including discharge needs