Pediatric Therapy Services

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Speech Therapy

The goal of pediatric speech therapy is to promote independence in communication and safe and effective eating and swallowing skills.
Pediatric Speech Therapists specialize in the evaluation and treatment of children who struggle with
Receptive Language
Expressive Language
Apraxia of speech
Reading/Literacy Difficulties
Augmentative Communication
Auditory Processing
Articulation and Phonology
Pragmatic/Social Language
Chewing and Swallowing

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Language intervention activities
By playing and talking
Using pictures, books, objects, or ongoing events to stimulate language development
Modeling correct vocabulary and grammar
Repetition exercises to build language skills
Collaborating with caregivers and child to create effective carry-over from the speech therapy provision site to home
Articulation (or sound production) intervention activities
Modeling correct sounds and syllables in words and sentences
Oral-motor/feeding and swallowing intervention activities
Oral exercises — including facial massage and various tongue, lip, and jaw exercises — to strengthen the muscles of the mouth for eating, drinking, and swallowing
Consulting with other professionals
Providing education to caregivers

Physical Therapy

The goal of pediatric physical therapy is to promote independence, increase participation, facilitate motor development and function, and improve strength and endurance.
Pediatric Physical Therapists specialize in the evaluation and treatment of diagnoses that limit physical function. Physical Therapists address skills that help children take part in:
Core and Extremity Strength
Muscle tone and strength
Posture/postural control
Pre-gait and gait training
Locomotion patterns
Neuromuscular function
Musculo-skeletal conditions
Body alignment
Seating and positioning

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Gross Motor Skills
Consulting with other professionals
Therapeutic exercise
Encouraging appropriate motor development to enhance the child’s capabilities and prevent additional impairments
Modeling correct sounds and syllables in words and sentences
Collaborating with caregivers and child to create effective carry-over from the physical therapy provision site to home
Positioning and mobility of walkers, wheelchairs, and other mobility aid.
Providing education to caregivers
Assessing and modifying environmental obstacles that might impede optimal performance

Occupational Therapy

Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on the “occupations” of childhood: play, socialization, self-care and school performance.
Pediatric Occupational Therapists specialize in the evaluation and treatment of children with delays or differences in:
Fine Motor Skills
Motor Coordination Skills
Hand Eye Coordination
Feeding Skills
Visual Motor Skills
Visual Perception Skills
Self-Care Skills
Sensory Processing
Emotional Regulation

They do this by

Improving upper extremity muscle strength, endurance, range of motion, coordination, fine motor abilities and function
Recommending strategies for
managing decreased or emerging function and movement which may include assistive equipment
Working on social and peer interaction skills
Providing education to caregivers
Consulting with other professionals
Collaborating with caregivers and child to create effective carry-over from the occupational therapy provision site to home
PlayRx is a Pediatric Therapy Company providing Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapy to children in Central Arkansas.
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