Pediatric Therapy

 

Pediatric Therapy

Jupiter Medical Center offers pediatric therapy services for children ages newborn to 17 years. Our speech-language pathologists and occupational and physical therapists provide specialized and comprehensive treatment of children as they grow and learn, in a child-centered environment. Each program is individualized and unique to each child’s challenge as our therapists work with them and their family in reaching their goals.

 

What to Expect from the Initial Evaluation

Your child’s first visit to Pediatric Therapy will last approximately one hour. During this time, we will get to know you and your child, as well as learn about his or her specific needs. The therapist will complete a formal evaluation and prepare a treatment plan with you.  

How to Schedule an Initial Evaluation

In order to schedule a physical, occupational or speech-language evaluation, you must first obtain a prescription from your child’s physician. Then call our scheduling department at (561) 263-5775. Please have your insurance information available when you make the call. Your child will be scheduled for an evaluation at the first available appointment time. 

Forms

Consent to Treatment
Torticollis Case History
Pediatric Case History
Medication Reconcilliation Report
Pediatric Feeding Case
MyJupiterMed Patient Email Request 

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Pediatric Therapy Programs

 

Jupiter Medical Center’s Pediatric Therapy Program includes:

  • Comprehensive Sensory Integration Therapy
  • Services for children from birth through age 17

 

Our therapists are specially trained in the treatment of:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Autism/Pervasive Developmental Delays
  • Brain Injury
  • Chromosomal and Genetic Syndromes
  • Language Learning Disabilities
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Oral Motor Dysfunctions
  • Orthopedic Injuries
  • Prematurity/High Risk Effects
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Verbal Communications

 

Our staff is dedicated to providing skilled and compassionate treatment to children, and helping them to maximize their potential. For further information, or to schedule an appointment, please call (561) 263-5775.

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Pediatric Therapy Staff

 

Physical Therapists treat children with delayed gross motor development caused by prematurity, neuromuscular disorders, genetic disorders, illness and/or injury. The child's physical disabilities are addressed through an age appropriate play environment. The family is included in all aspects of treatment.

Occupational Therapists treat children who are delayed in fine motor development, who have impaired processing of their sensory systems and who have difficulty with their self-care skills. Treatment approach is holistic and the family, child and therapist work as a team to improve the child's function. 

Speech Language Pathologists treat children whose communication, oral motor or feeding and swallowing abilities are delayed or developing differently than what is typical for children. Speech and language therapy involves assessing a child to determine his or her needs and working closely with the family to design a plan of treatment.

 

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Gross Motor Developmental Milestones

  • 4 months - on tummy, lifts head and turns to both sides
  • 6 months - rolls over, both directions - back to stomach and stomach to back
  • 8 months - sits independently; moves from sit to hands and knees and back again
  • 10 months - crawls on hands and knees; pulls self up to stand at sturdy surface
  • 12 months - stands alone 2-3 seconds; walks with one hand held; cruises at a rail
  • 15 months - walks alone well
  • 18 months - stand-stoop-return to stand without holding on; kicks a ball; up/down stairs holding on to rail
  • 24 months - runs; jumps; throws ball towards a target
  • 30 months - beginning catching a ball; up/down stairs independently; stands on one foot 1-2 seconds
  • 3 years - rides tricycle; hops on one foot
  • 4 years - walks on balance beam; skipping
  • 5 years - jump over 10-inch hurdle; beginning push-ups and sit-ups

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 Fine Motor Developmental Milestones

  • 0 - 1 month - momentary regard of parent
  • 3 months - midline hand play
  • 4 months - manipulation of objects
  • 5 months - bilateral reach and grasp
  • 9 months - imitate "pat-a-cake"
  • 10 months - starts finger feeding
  • 11 months - mature pincer grasp
  • 15 months - builds tower of 2 blocks
  • 17 months - nesting of cups
  • 18 months - picks up crayon and scribbles
  • 21 months - removes lid from bottle
  • 24 months - snips with scissors; strings beads (2 or 3)
  • 36 months - cuts with scissors
  • 36 months - 3 shapes in form board
  • 37 months - hand preference for dominant hand (3 out of 5 times)
  • 5 years - draws recognizable man (5 body parts); connects dots; builds block pyramid
  • 6 years - draws person (6-9 parts)

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Speech and Language Developmental Milestones

  • 3 - 6 months - smiles, laughs; responds to name by looking for voice source; anticipates feeding at sight of bottle; babbling begins.
  • 6 - 9 months - understands "No!" and withdraws appropriately; attempts to imitate parental gestures; looks at family members when named
  • 9 - 12 months - first true words; gestures and/or vocalizes wants and needs; participates in games like "peek-a-boo"
  • 1- 1.5 years - follows simple one-step commands; speaks in 1-2 word combinations; establishes eye contact to acknowledge others' speech
  • 1.5 - 2 years - understands approximately 300 words; may speak in 3-4 word combinations; 65% intelligible; correctly answers yes/no questions
  • 2 - 2.5 years - follows 2-step commands; speaks 200 words clearly; 70% intelligible
  • 2.5 - 3 years - understands approximately 900 words; 80% intelligible; asks simple questions
  • 3 - 3.5 years - speaks in 4-5 word sentences; uses "is," "am," and "are" in sentences; cooperative play begins
  • 4 - 5 years - speaks in 4-8 word sentences; tells long stories accurately

 

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