Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why would my child need therapy?
A: Therapy is indicated when developmental milestones are not met within an appropriate time frame and/or based on medical conditions.
The Pediatric Therapists consider the review of various developmental domains that influence a child’s function. These may include:
- Language and communication
- Social/emotional development
- Fine and gross motor and adaptive function
- Physical development, including vision and hearing
- The child’s learning style and participation in the home and play
(Reference: APTA Section on Pediatrics)
Q: What is the process for an evaluation?
A: A referral from the child’s physician is received and an appointment is made for an evaluation. Information from the parent/caregiver is required, and then a battery of tests is selected. After evaluation, a plan of care is established. The evaluation and plan of care are reviewed with the parent/caregiver and a schedule for therapy is developed.
Identification of possible health problems requiring consultation and/or referral to other specialists or providers may be made as a result of the evaluation.
Q: What should I bring with me to the evaluation?
A: We would appreciate information regarding your child’s birth history, relevant medical and family history, previous therapy, insurance coverage and any equipment that is currently utilized.
Q: How is my child’s therapy structured?
A: In our pediatric setting, collaboration with the family, therapists and others involved with the child’s healthcare management is critical. We work with the family and other providers in reciprocal sharing of information to establish individual goals providing a framework for the child’s therapy course and planning toward discharge. The therapists instruct care givers in home programs that provide repetition for the learning and integration of the therapy goals.
Our practice and philosophy guide the family and therapist toward efficient integration to home and community.
Q: Can I be in the therapy room with my child?
A: Our therapists promote family-centered care. Many parents/caregivers prefer to observe the child’s therapy session, and have indicated that they learn by observing. Consideration of the parents’ presence or absence will be discussed with the parent. In some situations, the child’s interaction may be optimal with the therapist on an individual basis. Homework assignments are provided in order to reinforce the goal established during therapy.
Q: How long will my child need therapy?
A: Each case is handled individually. The frequency and duration are established based on results of the evaluation and needs of the child. As a child’s potential unfolds, therapy is modified to meet the child’s needs at their unique skill or developmental level, while looking ahead to what they will need next. After discharge, periodic follow up to update home programs may be indicated. With some patients, the resumption of services may be necessary due to changes in functional skills/needs, surgery, or other medical procedures.
Q: Why are home programs important?
A: The Home Programs are integral to achieving and optimizing the child’s potential and whenever possible to reduce the onset of secondary complications. They utilize the context of daily routines and activities to foster this integration and achievement.