Pediatric Hand Therapy
Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation Services
What is pediatric hand therapy?
A specialized practice provided by a pediatric occupational therapist with advanced training and certification in the treatment of hand and upper extremity conditions. The therapist works closely with the physicians, surgeons and parents to ensure the child has the best treatment and recovery. With experience and training in working with the pediatric population the therapist can provide a creative, fun and playful environment during treatment.
Who may benefit from hand therapy?
Any child with a traumatic or congenital hand or upper extremity condition, including:
- Tendon laceration and repair
- Nerve injuries
- Brachial Plexus Injuries (birth and traumatic)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Muscular dystrophy
- Trigger Finger
- Congenital (polydactyly, syndactyly, camptodactyly, radial deficiency)
What are the goals of hand therapy?
To provide therapeutic modalities, protective or progressive splinting, manual treatment, exercise and age appropriate activities to decrease pain and improve function.
When to refer?
For optimal outcomes from both congenital and traumatic post-surgical or non-surgical conditions, children benefit from early referral and treatment.
This program is currently being offered at our Louisville Main office.
What is therapeutic listening?
Pediatric therapeutic listening is a music based auditory stimulation method.
Who may benefit from this form of therapy?
It is a helpful therapy for those with sensory processing disorders such as autism or attention deficit disorders (ADD or ADHD). Because the process of listening involves many levels of the brain, listening therapy benefits many aspects of a child’s overall functioning.
How does the pediatric therapeutic listening program work?
A listening program will be tailored to target your child’s sensory modulation abilities, behavioral regulation, communication skills, postural control or motor skills,as well as auditory processing.
If you are interested in learning more about pediatric therapeutic listening, contact our office to speak with a certified therapist.
How can aqua therapy benefit my child?
When immersed in water, your child is able to perform exercises that may not be possible on dry land. Simply put, water reduces the pressure on his bones and joints, enabling him to move about more freely. Specially trained therapists engage your child in exercises that are gentle to his body while producing a multitude of health and strength benefits, including:
• Increased muscle tone
• Improved coordination
• Increased endurance
• Stress relief
And that’s not all. Depending on your child’s ability, she may also be able to do some aerobic exercises such as walking, kicking, jumping, or actual swimming. These heart conditioning moves help keep your child healthy by giving her a safe and fun way to exercise.
Water activities provide autistic children with proprioceptive and tactile input. Children with autism have significant sensory difficulties, and are very easily distracted. These children over or under react to stimuli in their environment and have very strong reactions to certain textures. The warm water provides a safe and supported environment, which not only supports the children, but also provides them with hydrostatic pressure that surrounds their body in the water. This pressure actually soothes and calms the children, providing the necessary sensory input they crave.