Pediatric therapy

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Helping your child reach maximum potential

Our pediatric therapy programs help children excel through physical, occupational and speech language therapy.

We offer therapy for children from birth to age 21 with a wide range of needs. Your child’s needs are unique, so our highly trained clinical team will create a specialized plan of care that is just right for your child.We will share your child’s progress with you throughout their care, because your involvement is vital to your child’s success with therapy.

Our approach to care

NovaCare Kids understands that what you’re experiencing with your child is difficult; we want you to know that you’re not alone. We are committed to partnering with you in caring for one of the most important individuals in your life, your child.

Conditions we treat

We treat a variety of developmental, neuromuscular and orthopedic conditions. Our goal is to enhance your child’s participation in family, community and school activities — based on his or her age and development, as well as the long-term goals for your child.

Our Services

  • Pediatric Physical Therapy

    Our physical therapy program can benefit children with conditions including:

    • Brain trauma and injuries
    • Cerebral palsy — a disorder affecting a child’s muscle tone, movement or posture
    • Developmental delays
    • General orthopedic — injuries to the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles
    • Genetic syndromes — Down syndrome (which can cause developmental and intellectual delays) and muscular dystrophy (which can impact muscle mass and strength)
    • Gross motor skills — deficits including muscle strength, coordination and balance
    • Headaches
    • Hypertonia or hypotonia — abnormally high or weak muscle tone, respectively
    • Post-concussion symptoms — headaches, dizziness and ringing in the ears
    • Post-fracture care
    • Spina bifida — a birth defect affecting the spinal cord
    • Sports-related pain or poor posture
    • Sprains and strains
    • Torticollis — a condition causing the head to twist to one side
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Our therapists assist children in playing, learning and building the skills and confidence to thrive in their environments. Our occupational therapy program can benefit children with conditions including:

    • Attention deficit disorders — can cause difficulties with behavior such as focusing, following instruction and completing tasks
    • Autism spectrum disorders — can cause difficulties with social communication and behavior
    • Cerebral palsy — a disorder affecting a child’s muscle tone, movement or posture
    • Fine motor skill delays — includes using pencils, puzzles and dressing
    • Genetic syndromes — Down syndrome (which can cause developmental and intellectual delays) and muscular dystrophy (which can impact muscle mass and strength)
    • Handwriting
    • Oral aversion and feeding skills
    • Orthotic and adaptive equipment
    • Poor posture and body mechanics
    • Sensory processing disorders and self-regulation
    • Upper extremity strength and endurance
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Our speech-language pathologies offer treatment programs specifically designed to treat all aspects of communication, from your child’s first words to the ability to socialize and interact with peers. Our speech-language therapy program can benefit children with conditions including:

    • Apraxia of speech — a disorder causing limited and difficulty speech
    • Articular and phonological disorders — cause difficulty producing sounds
    • Auditory processing disorders
    • Autism spectrum disorders — can cause difficulties with social communication and behavior
    • Cognitive and attention impairments
    • Craniofacial abnormalities — includes cleft lip and palate
    • Delayed speech milestones
    • Fluency disorders — such as stuttering
    • Genetic syndromes — such as Down syndrome (which can cause developmental and intellectual delays)
    • Hearing impairments
    • Listening skills
    • Neurological disorders — includes cerebral palsy, stroke and traumatic brain injury
    • Reasoning and memory skills
    • Receptive and expressive language disorders
    • Social pragmatic communication disorders
  • Applied Behavior Analysis

    Autism spectrum disorders can cause difficulties for your child with social communication and behavior. Our applied behavior analysis (ABA) program can help you understand and address how your child’s behavior is affected by his or her environment, whether physically or socially. It also helps close the gap between your child’s current level of functioning and that of his or her typical peer group, developmentally speaking.

    Our highly trained therapists will design and implement a custom curriculum geared to your child. The curriculum will target developmental skills within our center, home and your child’s community-based settings. We focus on scientifically validated ABA techniques that geared to increasing skills such as:

    • Expressive language
    • Receptive language
    • Toilet training
    • Feeding/food acceptance
    • Self-help
    • Play and leisure
    • Social
    • Pre-academic/academic
    • Ready-to-learn behaviors

    ABA is offered at select locations. Please contact a center near you.

  • Social Programs

    We offer social skills group therapy to encourage your child to share space with and think about others. Your child will:

    • Improve turn taking skills in conversation and while playing games
    • Increase awareness of body language and non-verbal gestures
    • Increase safety awareness
    • Improve conversational skills

    Your child may benefit from social programs if he or she:

    • Has high functioning autism
    • Has mild cognitive impairments and/or use alternative assistive communication devices
    • Has behavioral difficulties when in social situations

    Social groups are run by an occupational or speech language pathologist and last approximately 45 minutes. Each group is developed by age group to meet the needs of the children in attendance.

    Social programs are offered at select locations. Please contact a center near you.

  • Feeding Therapy

    We understand mealtime from a family and child perspective and can help your child enjoy and master mealtime skills with confidence.  Feeding therapy can help your child get the nutrition he or she needs to reach developmental milestones. We work with a range of issues from children who are picky eaters to those with weight issues, oral motor deficits, limited oral intake and kids transitioning off a feeding tube.

    We also help children who are highly specific about brands, refuse food and experience difficulty transitioning to new textures. Moreover, families who have “power struggles” at mealtime or children who display bad mealtime behavior may benefit from feeding therapy.

    Our therapists look past the mouth and to the bigger picture of mealtime. We address behaviors, sensory responses to food, oral motor improvements and diet expansion. Our approach allows interaction with food in a playful, non-stressful way.

What to expect

We offer kid-friendly treatment areas tailored to your child’s needs. From specialized pediatric equipment to comfortable, homelike furnishings, our centers are designed to engage, motivate and encourage your child through the therapy process.

We use proven treatment and therapy methods to help your child achieve the best outcome. Our therapists typically deliver therapy in one-on-one settings, using play-based activities. We may also employ small-group therapy to help some children with social communication and interaction.

Learn more about our pediatric therapy services