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Pediatric Rehabilitation

The Pediatric Rehabilitation team at Wood County Hospital provides a comprehensive, integrated approach to caring for children from birth through adolescence. Our multidisciplinary staff includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists. They evaluate and treat children with any condition that impacts speech, language, sensory, or motor development.

Physical Therapy

Pediatric physical therapy promotes independence, increases participation, facilitates motor development and function, improves strength and endurance, and enhances learning opportunities.  Therapists are skilled in helping children learn to use adaptive equipment such as gait trainers, standers or wheelchairs.

 Specialized Services 

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy gives children a fun and soothing way to work on therapy goals.  Therapists use the properties of warm water to affect motor learning, sensory processing and modulation.

Orthotic Treatment

Therapists are trained to assess and fit children with appropriate orthotics to correct orthopedic alignment.

Serial Casting

Serial Casting involves the use of casts to restore or improve range of motion, reduce muscle contracture and improve movement and alignment of joints in the arms and legs.

Sports Medicine

Our Athletic Trainers provide a full range of sports medicine services to athletes in the Wood County area.

Occupational Therapy

Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on helping children gain skills, improve deficits, and be as independent as possible in everyday activities.  Areas of focus include learning self-care tasks such as dressing and eating, improving play skills to interact with peers and siblings, improving fine motor and visual skills to complete various tasks such as writing and cutting, and improving sensory processing skills so a child is able to receive and interpret information from the environment to promote attention and learning.

Specialized Services

Autism

Therapists in all disciplines have extensive education and experience in working with children functioning at all levels under the autism umbrella.  A team approach is used between all disciplines to facilitate maximum progress and carry over between environments. The Ready Program/Preschool Program for Children with Autism

Sensory Processing Disorders

The world is an abundance of sensory information and some children have difficulty processing all of this information.  Our therapists are well versed in all areas of sensory processing and can address these issues in children of all ages.  Sensory activities will be tailored to each child’s specific needs to improve their ability to complete everyday activities and engage socially.

Speech Therapy

Speech therapists work to help children become more effective verbal and/or nonverbal communicators.  Areas include improving receptive and expressive language skills, articulation/phonology, social and pragmatic skills, problem solving, executive functioning, memory, voice, phonological processing, reading comprehension, written communication, and fluency skills. 

Specialized Services

Oral Motor and Feeding

Some children have difficulties with chewing and swallowing, some are picky eaters and others have oral aversions, drooling, or motor planning disorders that affect their ability to eat.  Our therapists have expertise in oral motor and feeding techniques to make mealtime more enjoyable for the whole family.

Oral Placement Therapy

Oral Placement Therapy targets the movements necessary for standard speech production through a combination of therapy techniques.  This therapy differs from traditional speech therapy in that the strategies continue to utilize auditory and visual stimuli while adding the tactile and proprioceptive sensory systems.  This allows patients to feel the movements as well as hear and see them.

Social Pragmatic Peer Groups

Structured small group therapy with same age peers with focus on social skills topics.

Autism

Therapists in all disciplines have extensive education and experience in working with children functioning at all levels under the autism umbrella.  A team approach is used between all disciplines to facilitate maximum progress and carry over between environments. The Ready Program/Preschool Program for Children with Autism