Pediatric Outpatient Rehabilitation
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Children sometimes require special help as they grow and develop. We can
provide expert help to children ranging from newborns through age 16 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 their family,
appropriate community resources and physician.
Families start by meeting with an experienced case manager to discuss their
concerns. 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.
To learn more about the Pediatric Outpatient Rehabilitation services we
provide, please call us at 303-415-4450. Services are offered at our new
home in the
Erie Medical Center. A physician referral is often required and generally recommended. Services
are covered by most insurance plans. Please check with your insurance
company for more information.
Our Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Team
Our multidisciplinary treatment teams coordinate your child’s care
and ensure that treatment goals are being met in a timely manner. You
and your child may work with any or all of the following specialists:
- Augmentative communication specialist
- Case manager
- Feeding specialist
- Occupational therapist
- Physical therapist
- Speech-language pathologist
Conditions We Treat
We can help infants who have difficulty with:
- Breastfeeding or eating
- Movement, coordination and balance
- Floppy or stiff muscle tone
- Sustaining controlled movement
We provide a range of therapies for children who:
- Have difficulty with fine and gross motor coordination
- Are overly sensitive to movement, sound, or being touched
- Are easily overstimulated by their environment
- Can benefit from therapies emphasizing sensory modulation and sensory integration
- Are impulsive, distractible and have difficulty maintaining focus on one activity
- Have academic and writing difficulties
- Have trouble forming sentences or speaking clearly
- Have trouble understanding and following directions
Autism Spectrum Disorders
At BCH, we are recognized for our comprehensive evaluation and treatment
program for children on the Autism spectrum. Treatment is individualized
for each child and emphasizes structure and routine in meeting goals.
Treatment focuses on establishing and improving communication, sensory-social
routines, navigating daily activities and replacing unwanted behaviors
with more functional responses. Therapists work with families to create
a specialized home program, and team members consult with other agencies
and individuals working with the child to ensure a seamless and supportive approach.
Our team works together to provide diagnostic evaluations and ongoing personal
and group treatment. The team includes:
- Occupational and physical therapists
- Speech-language pathologists
- Case managers
In addition, we have consultative relationships with developmental pediatricians,
dieticians, psychiatrists and psychologists.
Our experienced team uses a variety of therapies, including:
- Sensory integration
- Neuro-developmental treatment
- Cranial sacral
- Cognitive behavior
- Fine and gross motor
- Academic skills
- Attention training social skills
Special Programs We Offer
We offer several specialized programs, including evaluation clinics, ongoing
groups and camps.
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.
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.
Summer and Winter Camps: Children with language, motor, sensory integration or attention span
difficulties benefit from weeklong summer camp and weekend winter camp
programs that include hiking, swimming, rock climbing, canoeing and skiing.
Other summer groups focus on peer interaction and socialization, handwriting
and problem-solving skills.
Admission to our Program
We have a simple four-step process for joining our program:
1. Start the process by completing the
Child Family History Form and Developmental Checklist for your child's appropriate age:
You can mail completed forms to:
Boulder Community Health – Erie Medical Center
Pediatric Rehabilitation Services
101 Erie Parkway, Suite 104
Erie, CO 80516
Or email the forms to:
2. We will contact your insurance company to clarify your coverage.
3. One of our case managers will contact you to discuss what services may
be appropriate for your child.
4. You’ll need to provide a prescription from your physician.
Families applying for autism spectrum services have a different process.
That starts with completing all the forms in step 1 above. Then a psychologist
and a case manager will meet with the family to discuss the child’s
history and to determine the goals of an evaluation. If appropriate, an
evaluation will be scheduled.
Prior to the intake meeting, parents are asked to provide copies of any
reports from other therapists or schools. This information helps plan
- The evaluation team consists of a psychologist, speech therapist, occupational
therapist and physical therapist.
- Evaluations are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- A 90-minute family conference to discuss findings and recommendations is
scheduled for the following week.
- The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
- The Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) [parents only]
- Age appropriate standardized assessments of speech/language, motor and
- Clinical Observation
- Parent and teacher questionnaires
Additional Evaluation Tools:
Depending on the age and needs of the child, the following may be included:
- Cognitive testing
- Higher level language testing
- Other developmental scales
Contact Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Today
If you would like to learn more about the outpatient pediatric rehabilitation
services we provide, please contact us at 303-415-4450. A physician referral
is often required and generally recommended. Services are covered by most
insurance plans. Please check with your insurance company for more information.
Services are offered at the new
Erie Medical Center in Erie. Please read the
Admission to our Program section for detailed information about our evaluation process.