For more information, please call 304.399.6511
Cabell Huntington Hospital’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Department offers comprehensive, specialized care for children from birth to 18 years of age. Physical, occupational and/or speech therapy may be offered to treat temporary issues, such as recovering from serious illness or injury, as well as birth defects, developmental delays and congenital conditions. The staff also treats children with:
Each therapeutic plan of care is created individually, based on thorough evaluation and evidence-based practice. Rehabilitation specialists work closely with parents and communicate with caregivers, school professionals and other healthcare providers as appropriate to ensure that therapeutic activities carry over to daily life.
The focus of pediatric physical therapy is on the total child, with an emphasis on core stability, lower extremity function and gross motor skills. The goal is to develop and/or restore age-appropriate ambulation and mobility skills and improve deficits related to balance, coordination, strength, range of motion, muscle tone, endurance and conditioning. The Physical Therapy staff works with children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and muscular dystrophy as well as those recovering from injuries, fractures, sprains and burns.The staff also provides assistance with obtaining appropriate braces and equipment for walking and standing.
Pediatric occupational therapy uses functional, task-oriented or play-based activities to address upper extremity weakness, impairments and delays in fine motor skills, visual motor or sensory integration, eye-hand coordination and visual perceptual skills. The focus is on improving limitations that affect the performance of activities of daily living at home, at school and in the community. Desk and school skills are emphasized for children with shortened attention span, learning disabilities and/or other developmental issues. The Occupational Therapy staff also assists with adaptive equipment and splinting as needed.
Speech therapy services are provided to improve functional communication skills, broaden expressive and receptive language skills and promote proper speech sound production. Children with issues related to articulation, feeding and swallowing, language delays and oral motor and speech disorders benefit from evaluation and treatment by the Speech Therapy staff. The staff is also experienced in working with children with neurological or hearing impairment, cleft lip and/or palate and communication disorders.
Children are treated by the Rehabilitation Services staff on an inpatient and outpatient basis by appointment with physician referral. For more information about Pediatric Rehabilitation Services at Cabell Huntington Hospital, please call 304.399.6511.