Easterseals pediatric physical therapists promote increased independence and confidence with gross motor abilities. Physical therapists are experts in movement, motor development, and body function (ex: strength, flexibility, coordination, and endurance). They work closely with each child and their caregivers to determine a treatment plan based upon goals and priorities. Physical therapists work with children with a wide variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to: developmental delays, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, spina bifida, torticollis, plagiocephaly, genetic disorders, hypotonia, toe walking, and those needing post-surgical rehabilitation.
Easterseals pediatric occupational therapists help find what is meaningful to your child and therapy focuses on caregiver and child-centered goals. Occupational therapists increase a child’s independence and quality of life while targeting a variety of areas including daily living skills, sensory processing, self-regulation, motor skills, and coordination. Treatment includes an emphasis on educating the caregivers and providing strategies to increase participation in their home and community environments.
Easterseals pediatric speech therapists use a variety of techniques to teach essential skills needed to be confident and successful communicators. Speech-language treatment plans and goals are developed and implemented based on your child’s needs and goals of the family. Our therapists are experts in creating an environment in which children feel successful, yet are challenged to develop their individual skills.
Easterseals feeding therapists can turn mealtime struggles back to an enjoyable experience again. By working closely with the family, our therapists utilize several different approaches depending on the needs of the child. One of which includes SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach to feeding which address both sensory processing and oral motor skills a child needs to eat a wide variety of food groups and textures. This approach allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way.
Easterseals developmental therapists help children birth to 3 years old meet milestones by supporting the whole family. This therapy addresses a child’s global development by providing services in a child’s natural environment. Caregivers are provided home therapy strategies to help the child gain skills and make progress.
Caring for children of all ages is a tough job, however many children, youth, and teenagers with disabilities face special challenges. They may experience fears about the future, poor self-esteem, and difficulty coping with their disability. Many parents of children with disabilities also experience very unique challenges related to managing their child’s development and behavior. Counselors at Easterseals can help individuals and families, with and without disabilities, focus on their abilities, learn positive coping methods, improve challenging parenting tasks, and enhance social and behavioral skills in a comfortable and fun environment. Counseling helps children improve their quality of life and works to increase their happiness.