Firelands Regional Medical Center’s pediatric therapy department serves children with special needs in a playful, child-centered, encouraging environment. Therapy is designed to be a fun learning experience to help children improve function and confidence in their skills. Each therapist integrates highly specialized training into therapeutic activities and works directly with parents to promote the child’s success in therapy. Our goal is to look at children as whole persons and focus on their strengths to build their undeveloped skills.
The goal of physical therapy is to help children develop independence by learning motor skills such as rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, running, jumping and balance. Physical therapy also assists with improving muscle strength, joint range of motion, postural strength and the use of mobility aids.
The goal of occupational therapy is to help children develop skills to enhance their daily life. Fine motor skills, motor planning skills, coping skills, self-help skills, feeding skills, sensory integration skills, and visual motor skills are crucial for a child's success in self-care, school performance and interaction
The goal of speech therapy is to help children develop effective communication skills to be independent learners. Skills such as articulation, voice, fluency, cognition, auditory processing, verbal expression, auditory comprehension, and social and pragmatic interaction are essential for children to be successful communicators. Our speech-language pathologists are also highly trained in feeding and swallowing disorders and assistive technology.