Overview

Overview

Outpatient pediatric therapy is valuable for children who:

  • have experienced serious injuries
  • have chronic and acute conditions that limit their development
  • are experiencing developmental delays (e.g., walking or speaking late)
  • have learning difficulties
  • have trouble performing activities of daily living (e.g., bathing or dressing)
Our Team

Our Team

About our Pediatric Outpatient Therapy Team

A team of specialists will evaluate each child and then an individualized treatment plan will be formulated. Specialists involved in your child’s therapy may include:

Speech/language pathologists assess how children communicate with the world by evaluating both understanding and use of language, as well as addressing feeding and swallowing abilities, oral motor skills and respiration. Speech/language pathologists also serve children with hearing loss and central auditory processing disorder.

Physical therapists work with infants and children to enhance flexibility, strength, coordination, balance, endurance, gross motor skills, and mobility through play and exercise.

Occupational therapists evaluate fine motor, play, sensory processing and self-care skills in infants and children with a variety of diagnoses and levels of disabilities. Occupational therapists aim to maximize functional independence by teaching adaptive techniques and using adaptive equipment. Additionally, occupational therapists evaluate and treat feeding difficulties; improving tolerance for tastes and textures, as well as self-feeding habits.

Recreational therapists promote increased functional independence, wellness, leisure activities, and recreation through developmental play, group recreation, exercise, and field trips.

Music and art therapists encourage children to express their feelings and develop self-esteem using enjoyable, creative activities during individual or group treatment sessions.

Aquatic (water) therapists work with children in our therapeutic pool. Sessions may be held with the aquatic specialist alone or in conjunction with a physical, occupational, speech/language, or recreational therapist. The warm water promotes relaxation and ease of muscle movement, assists with strengthening muscles, and advances land-based functional goals.

Adaptive equipment specialists, in conjunction with our other therapists, help children reach their functional goals by designing and fabricating special equipment or adapting standard or existing equipment.

Appointments & Locations

Appointments & Locations

Referrals for Outpatient Therapy

Outpatient therapy must be ordered by a physician. If you think your child may benefit from outpatient therapy, please ask your child’s doctor for a referral to Outpatient Therapy Services at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation. To learn more please call 216.444.5437 (KIDS).

Locations

Community Education

Community Education

Is This Typical

Is This Typical? is a free monthly opportunity where Cleveland Clinic Children's physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists discuss what to expect from your child at specific developmental age ranges. Classes are held the first Wednesday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. These classes are for parents, caregivers, relatives, students or anyone wanting to learn more about development in children. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's development. Registration is required.

In this class, you will learn about typical gross and fine motor development, speech and language milestones, atypical behaviors for all ages, and ways to facilitate developmental skills at home. Sessions are broken into these age ranges: 0-6 months, 7-12 months, 1-2 years and 3-5 years.

Feeding Development
In this class, you will learn feeding development for birth through preschool ages, breastfeeding/bottle feeding and transition to solids. You will also learn when to seek additional help with feeding.

Virtual Education Series 

Join Cleveland Clinic Children’s Therapy Services' virtual community education classes on current topics of interest! These talks are free of charge and open to the public. Classes are held virtually via Zoom.

Class 1: Wellness for YOUth: Wellness promotion strategies from pediatric therapists 

Date: March 23, 2022 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.

During this class you will learn:

  • Guidelines regarding age-appropriate exercises and tips to stay active throughout the year.
  • Guidelines for age-appropriate recreational screen time and tips to promote healthy sleep habits.
  • Tips and techniques to implement healthy mealtimes in the home environment.
  • The importance of leisure pursuits and the positive impact of social interaction.
  • Tools to help your family be healthy in both body and mind including discussing positive coping or stress relief strategies.

Registration required. Register online or by phone at 440.835.7400, ext. 301.

Class 2: Executive Functioning: Strategies to Foster Success in Children 

Date: May 12, 2022 | 7-8 p.m.

During this class you will learn:

  • The 12 executive functions and what they entail.
  • Examples of typical executive functioning for pre-school through teen level.
  • Strategies to help improve specific executive functioning skills.

Registration required. Register online or by phone at 440.835.7400, ext. 301.

Class 3: Taming Tantrums: Tips for Fostering Positive Behavior in Young Children 

Date: July 12, 2022 | 7-8 p.m.

During this class you will learn:

  • How to identify common challenging behaviors.
  • How to identify common causes of challenging behaviors.
  • Strategies to foster positive behavior within the home and community.

Registration required. Register online or by phone at 440.835.7400, ext. 301.

Class 4: Stay in the Game: Help your athlete prevent injury and manage acute pain

Date: September 15, 2022 | 7-8 p.m.

During this class you will learn:

  • Common injuries that affect pediatric and adolescent athletes.
  • Strategies to help your athlete prevent injuries.
  • Tools to help your athlete manage acute pain and recognize when you should seek additional support from a medical provider.

Registration required. Register online or by phone at 440.835.7400, ext. 301.

Additional Information

For any additional questions regarding community education, please email pedsvirtualeducation@ccf.org.