Pediatric Therapy

Welcome to Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center's Pediatric Therapy!

Phone

(201) 520-4773

Fax

(201) 520-1927

We have been a leading pediatric therapy provider in the Hudson-Bergen area for over 10 years, and we're still excited about what we do. We know that giving your child the best services is important to you, and it is our goal to meet and exceed that standard.

Our outpatient pediatric department serves children of all ages, from infancy to adolescence. Therapy for your child will start with a diagnostic evaluation to assess his or her therapy goals and needs. Depending on the results of the evaluation, you can expect follow up education and personalized treatment for your child. Our knowledgeable and compassionate therapists are experts in helping children reach meaningful goals for enhancing their development and independence. Our department recognizes the essential role that families play in all aspects of treatment. Our family-centered therapy gives careful attention to family priorities and concerns in developing all interventions.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) helps children reach their potential in everyday activities. The goal is to promote functional performance through the integration of physical skills, social-emotional development, sensory processing and cognitive abilities.

The therapists help children and teens to achieve maximum functional outcomes in the following specialty areas:

  • Sensory processing (how your child interacts and reacts with their environment)
  • Self regulation (ability to calm)
  • Fine motor skills and refinement (use of hands for skilled tasks)
  • Activities of daily living (self dressing and self feeding)
  • Cognitive development (problem solving)
  • Visual integration (ability to focus, track and differentiate objects)
  • Splint fabrication

Occupational therapists are familiar with the developmental milestones that are normally attained at each stage in a child's life and are skilled at encouraging and motivating patients to reach their goals.

Physical Therapy

Evaluation and interventions focus on factors affecting a child's movement patterns and mobility in the home, school and play environments. Intervention techniques utilized are based on clinical reasoning, theories of physical therapy practice, and research based evidence. Interventions include but are not limited to:

  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment Approach (muscle facilitation)
  • Manual therapy techniques (massage, trigger point release, stretching)
  • Therapeutic exercises, stretches and functional activities
  • Modalities (heat, ice, ultrasound)
  • Practice with adaptive and positioning equipment (orthoses, walkers, etc.)
  • Prescription of home exercise program
  • Therapeutic taping (support and stabilize joints and muscles)

Speech Therapy

Our licensed and bilingual speech-language pathologists (also known as speech therapists) work to help improve speech, language and voice, as well as improve eating and swallowing skills of children of all ages. Our skilled speech-language pathologists work closely with each child and family to address individualized goals which may include improving language use and comprehension, vocal quality, intelligibility of speech, social skills, and safe feeding and swallowing. Our speech-language pathologists involve parents and/or family members in helping their child to achieve their goals by providing education and instruction in a home carryover plan.

Some of the areas covered by speech-language pathology are:

  • Articulation/phonology (pronunciation of sounds)
  • Receptive language (understanding what is being said)
  • Expressive language (communicating thoughts and ideas)
  • Voice (improving vocal quality)
  • Fluency (stuttering)
  • Apraxia (oral motor speech disorder)
  • Social thinking and pragmatics (understanding body language and tone)
  • Reading, writing and spelling difficulties (learning disabilities)
  • Developmental delays (Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, hearing loss)
  • Auditory processing (understanding and following directions)
  • Dysphagia (feeding and swallowing)