Alaska Pediatric Therapy
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Therapy Services

 
 

Primary Therapy Offerings


 
 

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists treat children in an effort to normalize movement or regain function. Treatments may be indicated for:

Developmental delays (mild to severe) of unknown or known causes.

  • Prematurity

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Low Tone | Hypotonia

  • Down Syndrome

  • Torticollis

  • Plagiocephaly

  • Toe Walking

  • Spina Bifida

  • Arthrogryposis

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Developmental Coordination Disorder

  • Orthopedic and sports injuries

We help children develop functional and gross motor skills through strengthening, stretching, balance activities, play therapy and home activity recommendations.

Additional services provided by pediatric physical therapists include splinting, casting, orthotics and obtaining adaptive equipment.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Occupational therapists work towards maximizing a child’s potential to grow into an independent adult. There is a focus on fine motor, visual-motor, and sensory processing skills needed to complete basic activities of daily living.

While many approaches and methods are utilized, play is often at the core of treatment. Play is the primary motivator and mode that children use to learn new skills. Families may seek occupational therapy services to assist children who are having difficulty with self-dressing, feeding, handwriting, coordinating upper body movements, or interacting with
the environment around them.


SPEECH THERAPY

The focus of pediatric speech therapy is to help the child develop communication skills so they can effectively communicate their wants and needs in life settings. Speech therapy focuses on articulation, production of sound, oral motor control, language development, cognitive skills, and communication to achieve therapy goals. Speech therapy also focuses on a child’s ability to chew and swallow food.

 
 
 

Supporting Therapy Offerings


 
 

HIPPOTHERAPY

Hippotherapy is a treatment strategy that uses horseback riding as a therapeutic tool. The warmth and shape of the horse and its rhythmic movement, in tandem with the rider's responses to that movement can improve the flexibility, posture, balance and mobility of the rider. The therapist guides both the rider and horse to encourage specific motor and sensory inputs.

AQUATIC THERAPY

Aquatic therapy involves treatments or exercises of therapeutic intent performed in a heated pool.

 
 


 
 

THERAPEUTIC LISTENING®

Therapeutic Listening® combines a sound-based intervention with sensory integrative activities to create a comprehensive program that is effective for diverse populations with sensory processing challenges.

Therapeutic Listening® uses organized sound patterns, inherent to music, to impact all levels of the nervous system andincrease attention, balance, body awareness and control, communication, social engagement and organization of sensory input.

INTERACTIVE METRONOME THERAPY®

Interactive Metronome® (IM), is an evidence-based training and assessment tool in which the patient is asked to repetitively match a rhythmic beat using motor movements. Because it feels like play, children can easily engage in it. It has been shown to improve function in the following areas:

  • Attention

  • Processing Speed

  • Working Memory

  • Executive Functions

  • Self-Regulation

  • Expressive & Receptive Language

  • Reading Comprehension, Rate & Fluency

  • Mathematics

  • Upper Extremity Function (Parkinson’s, hemiplegia, CP, hand function)

  • Motor Coordination

  • Athletic Performance (golf, soccer)

 
 

 

feeding therapy & picky eater interventions

Occupational and speech language therapists are both trained in evaluation and interventions for feeding challenges. 

If a child’s picky eating habits are interfering with their ability to tolerate a variety of foods sufficient to provide a complete diet, their behavior may be linked to sensory processing challenges. A trained therapist can assess whether or not feeding therapy would be beneficial for your child and provide appropriate intervention. Several of our occupational and speech therapists have advanced training in feeding interventions for picky eaters. 

If a child or infant is struggling with the mechanics of feeding, a speech language pathologist or occupational therapist will be able to evaluate for dysfunction and make recommendations or provide direct treatment.  Difficulties with the mechanics of feeding can be manifested in such behaviors as difficulty sucking or swallowing, frequent gagging, aspiration on food, losing fluid out of the mouth while taking a bottle or breast or an infant that is ineffective at breast or bottle feeding. 

Little Explorers Feeding Group
This group allows children to explore foods using a play-based approach, using the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding developed by Kay Toomey, PhD. Our goal is to make meal times enjoyable for the child and family. Learn more about the group.
 


 

car seat check

We have several occupational and physical therapists that are certified car seat technicians. If a child has special needs and is in a car seat, a car seat tech can ensure the child is being transported safely. High tone, low tone,  contractures, and/or post-op status can all require changes to a child’s car seat. Please don’t hesitate to ask for a check up for your child’s car seat.