Pediatric Therapy Services
Epic Health Services & Santé Pediatric Services have joined forces!
At our Texas locations, we offer specialized pediatric therapy services that include physical, occupational, speech-language and medical nutrition therapy.
Pediatric therapy services are often a critical component of the plan of care for children with injuries, disabilities or developmental delays. By providing therapy services in the home as well as in one of our 11 outpatient clinics, we are able to best meet the needs of our clients and help them adhere to a schedule that will result in more positive outcomes.
Whether your therapy needs are short- or long-term, our therapists are committed to improving each child’s quality of life and ability to be independent.
Epic’s licensed, experienced therapists provide specialized therapy in four areas:
Physical therapy concentrates on increasing the child’s mobility, range of motion and functional motor skills; improving posture and conditioning; and preventing or slowing orthopedic problems. Our physical therapists may incorporate treatment options that address one of the following:
- Upper and lower extremity strength, tone, coordination
- Functional independence
- Overall mobility, agility and balance
- Bone and joint injuries
- Pain Management
- Muscle disorders
- Gait Training (how to walk)
- Working with assistive devices (i.e. crutches, walkers, wheelchairs)
Occupational therapy focuses on helping the child achieve independence. It also helps to improve, develop and restore fine motor functions, upper extremity strength and eye-hand coordination. Our occupational therapists work with each child on self-care, as well as everyday tasks at home or school.
Treatments may include exercises or activities that focus on one or more of the following:
- Fine Motor Skills: Ability to perform functional tasks like tying shoes and zipping/unzipping
- Sensory Integration: Ability to process various sensory stimuli in order to sit and attend or learn
- Eye-hand Coordination: Ability to visually process information to guide hand movement
- Visual Perceptual Skills: Ability to follow along the board when the teacher is reading
- Visual Motor Integration: Ability to imitate shapes and letters
- Motor Planning: Ability to learn new motor sequences for brushing hair, teeth or other activities of daily living
Speech-language therapy strives to improve the child’s ability to communicate wants and needs, fluency of speech, and memory or retention skills. Our speech-language pathologists also provide therapy to address swallowing difficulties. These treatments may focus on one or more of the following:
- Articulation and Phonological Processes: Difficult or incorrect production of speech sounds
- Voice Disorders: Pitch or loudness
- Fluency Disorders: Rate or flow of speech (hesitations or repetitions interrupt flow or stuttering)
- Feeding and Swallowing: Difficulty moving food from mouth to stomach
- Language Form: Grammar for word, phrase and sentence constructions
- Language Content: Vocabulary
- Language Use: Social language used to ask and answer questions, solve problems, retell an experience, or give a recipe with sequences
Medical Nutrition Therapy focuses on improving the health and well-being of children through the use of nutritional interventions. Children with special health care needs are vulnerable to nutrition-related problems that jeopardize their nutritional status and pose barriers to their development.
To learn more about our pediatric therapy services, contact the Epic office or clinic nearest you.