Outpatient 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)
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.
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.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 216.636.5437.