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Pediatric Outpatient Rehabilitation

To protect our patients and staff, all people entering a BCH care facility will be required to wear a mask (exceptions include children <2 yrs. old or medical reasons such as trouble breathing, unconsciousness, or someone unable to remove a mask without assistance). Based on CDC guidelines appropriate and consistent use of masks may be challenging for children with certain disabilities. Pediatric Rehab can now offer children an exception to the masking policy to ensure access to needed services.
*Bandanas, neck gaiters, and masks with valves are not acceptable.

We are now offering free Speech Therapy screenings! If you have concerns about how your child is communicating (understanding language, expressing ideas or producing speech sounds), call us at (303) 415-4450 to schedule a 30-minute appointment with one of our Speech Language Pathologists for a free screening.

Admission to our Program

We will help you through our admissions process! Call us at (303) 415-4466 or email us at pedsrehabintake@BCH.org with your questions or request for services.

Steps to admission:

Once you contact us through our intake phone line or email, our staff will contact you promptly to complete your registration over the phone or send you the registration form to complete electronically, if you prefer. Once your registration is completed, we will schedule a phone intake appointment with one of our case managers with you.

During the phone intake our case manager will talk with you about how we can support your child. The case manager can explain our services and discuss your child’s needs. The case manager will then schedule any evaluation(s) your child needs.

*All therapy services (evaluations and treatment) can now be offered via telehealth remote session for children who are unable to come into the clinic for in-person services.

Spanish speaking therapists available for PT, OT and SLP.

child getting a check upChildren sometimes require special help as they grow and develop. We can provide expert help to children ranging from newborns through teenage years for physical, sensory, motor, speech, language, cognition and academic difficulties.

Our programs are family-centered, so parents 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. After the evaluation, an episode of care will be recommended by the therapist to address the concerns. The family will know what the goals are as well as the recommended duration of services when you begin treatment. Once a child begins treatment, progress is continually reviewed.

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:

  • Case manager
  • Feeding specialist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Augmentative communication specialist

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
  • Torticollis

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
  • Audiologists
  • Case managers
  • Psychologist

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
  • Speech/language
  • Academic skills
  • Attention training social skills

Families applying for autism spectrum services start the admissions process using the same steps outlined above. A case manager will reach out to the family to discuss the child's history and to schedule an intake with our psychologist.

Prior to the evaluation, parents are asked to provide copies of any reports from other therapists or schools.

The Evaluation:

  • 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.

Tests Administered May Include:

  • The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
  • The Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) [parents only]
  • Age appropriate standardized assessments of speech/language, motor and sensory skills
  • Clinical Observation
  • Parent and teacher questionnaires
  • Brief Observation of Symptoms of Autism (BOSA)
  • Vanderbilt telehealth Autism Spectrum Disorder Pediatrics

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

Special Programs We Offer

We offer several specialized programs, including evaluation clinics and groups.

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.

    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.

    Important Information

    Boulder Community Health is following current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that call for patients and visitors to continue wearing masks at Foothills Hospital and all BCH patient-care facilities.

    People age 12 and older are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more on our general vaccine information page.