Rehabilitation Services for Children

Children sometimes require special help as they grow and develop. We can provide expert help to children ranging in age from infancy to adolescence for physical, sensory, motor, speech, language, cognition and academic difficulties.

Our programs are family centered so parents and siblings can participate in therapies and learn how to best enhance their loved one’s strengths. We coordinate each child’s treatment program with his family, outside agencies and physician.

Families start by meeting with an experienced case manager to discuss concerns regarding their child. Evaluations and service options are reviewed at that time. Once a child begins treatment, progress is continually reviewed and re-evaluations are done every six months. We emphasize setting realistic, attainable treatment goals and work toward helping children in our programs access appropriate community resources.

Problems Treated

We can help infants who have difficulty with breastfeeding or eating, with movement, coordination and balance. We also have therapies for infants who have floppy or stiff muscle tone or who have difficulty sustaining controlled movement.

We provide a range of therapies for children who have difficulty with fine and gross motor coordination such as mastering age appropriate motor skills or handwriting. Children who are overly sensitive to movement, sound, or being touched, or who are easily overstimulated by their environment, benefit from therapies emphasizing sensory modulation and sensory integration.

We also work with children who are impulsive, distractible and who have difficulty maintaining their focus on one activity.  We have a comprehensive evaluation and treatment program for children on the Autism spectrum.  Other concerns which we address include academic and writing difficulties, trouble forming sentences or speaking clearly, and understanding and following directions.

Our Team

We have a multidisciplinary treatment team to coordinate your child’s care and insure that treatment goals are being met in a timely manner. You and your child may work with any or all of the following specialists:

  • Audiologist
  • Augmentative communication specialist
  • Behavioral specialist
  • Case manager
  • Feeding specialist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Seating and mobility specialist
  • Speech language pathologist 

Jordan Marshall’s Story

 

Jordan Marshall suffered a massive stroke in utero, which means she had a stroke before she was even born. The damage was so extensive that doctors didn't know whether she would ever walk, talk or see.

Now 8 years old, Jordan has made incredible progress. She participates fully in school and excels academically. Despite some physical challenges, Jordan rides a bike, runs, skis and climbs.

“I never actually thought I could do it. I didn’t think I could rock climb. I didn’t think I could climb a ladder all the way up to the top. But I actually did,” said Jordan.

Watch Jordan's video and learn about her progress through the help of BCH's rehabilitation services for children.


Therapies

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst provides services which helps children work toward independence by teaching skills to replace or prevent the occurence of inappropriate behaviors.  Empirically based therapy addresses concerns such as temper tantrums, toilet training, eating and safety risks.

Audiology
An audiologist evaluates hearing through testing sounds, speech and middle ear function. 

Our audiologists perform full diagnostic hearing tests on infants and children with age appropriate testing, including Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR), visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA), conditioned play audiometry (CPA) and traditional or conventional audiometry.

Our audiologists perform diagnostic follow up for infants referred from newborn hearing screening programs.  We provide hearing aid fitting and services for infants and children of all ages.

For more information on Audiology services click here.

Occupational Therapy
We use play and purposeful activities to help a child develop fine and gross motor skills. A child’s ability to perform such tasks as writing, reading, playing with toys and interacting with other children is affected by his sensory processing abilities. Based on sensory integration therapy, we also use play to help develop the brain’s ability to interpret and organize information necessary for learning.

Physical Therapy
Our physical therapists work with a child to attain and maintain her maximum potential. The therapist’s goal is to improve each child’s motor skills, balance, coordination, posture, strength, movement patterns and other functional abilities. Techniques include neurodevelopmental treatment and therapy in our warm water pool.

Psychology
A licensed child psychologist participates in evaluations, facilitates small groups, and offers parental support.  Our psychologist is the lead of the Autism program.

Speech-Language Therapy
Our goal is to insure a child’s successful interaction with family members, friends and others in the community. We work with a child to improve social interactions, develop vocabulary, listening skills, academic skills and his ability to express thoughts and emotions. Our therapists help develop verbal and nonverbal communication skills using play and movement, computers and assistive technology, oral exercises and family participation.

Special Groups & Programs

Our Pediatric Rehabilitation Services Department offers several specialized programs including evaluation clinics, ongoing groups and summer activities.

We provide services for newborns through age 16.

ABLE (Autism, Behavior and Learning Evaluation) 
Our team has been trained in a behavioral approach to treating children with autism spectrum disorders and related issues. Evaluation and treatment is individualized for each child and emphasizes structure and routine in setting goals. Our team will consult and coordinate programs with other agencies and individuals working with your child. Click for more information.

Augmentative Communication Program
Children with limited verbal language skills learn to use assistive technology to communicate better with family and friends. Therapy may be done individually or in a group setting. Click for more information.

Feeding Program
Mothers and their infants can get individual help and information for problems with breastfeeding, bottle-feeding or other eating difficulties. We also use sensory modulation techniques to work with older children who demonstrate avoidance or defensiveness to food texture, color, smell or taste. Click for more information.

Handwriting Program
Children who need special help with letter formation for printing or cursive receive therapy individually or in small group settings. Specific programs are followed for learning letters and for improving fine motor skills in general. We assess pencil grasp and use grips, slant boards or other devices to assist with handwriting.

Neonatal Assessment Program
Our team of clinical experts evaluates infants’ early developmental skills and helps babies who have problems with fussiness, floppiness, tightness, prematurity, feeding, interacting or neurologic difficulties.

Seating and Mobility Clinic
The seating and mobility clinic determines the most appropriate manual or power wheelchair and positioning system to allow your child to be as mobile and functional as possible in home, school and community settings. Click for more information.

Summer Group Programs
Children with language, motor, sensory integration or attention span difficulties benefit from weeklong summer camp programs that include hiking, swimming, horseback riding, rock climbing and animal care. Other summer groups focus on peer interaction and socialization, handwriting and problem-solving skills. Click here to see the 2013 Summer Camp Brochure.

Getting into Our Program

Here are the steps you need to take to get into our program:

  1. Start the process by completing the Intake Form, Child Family History Form and Developmental Checklist.  Click here to access all of the forms.  Once completed, return to:
     
    Intake Coordinator
    Mapleton Pediatric Rehab
    P.O. Box 9130
    Boulder, CO 80301-9130

              Or
    Email to: pedsrehabintake@bch.org

     2.  We will contact your insurance company to get a quote
          from your insurance.

     3.  Next you'll talk with one of our case managers to
          discuss what services may be appropriate for your 
          child.

     4.  A prescription from your physician is required.

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