Pediatric therapies help children with developmental disabilities improve their functioning, well-being and independence and provide a foundation for future development. Aspire Children’s Services provides developmental therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech and language therapy across 50 Chicago area communities. Children may benefit from a combination of several therapies to address their individual needs.
- Physical therapy can help develop a kid’s gross motor skills, improving their ability to use large groups of muscles to sit, stand, walk run, keep balance and change positions. Other issues that may be addressed are a loss of range of motion, flexibility, movement and coordination. Aspire’s physical therapists motivate and challenge your child to improve his/her functional abilities.
- Speech/Language Therapy assists children with, or at risk for, speech, language, and swallowing disorders. Services focus on enhancing communication and feeding skills to the best of every child’s ability. Speech and language therapists work on a variety of skills to assist each child in becoming a successful and confident communicator. Aspire’s experienced speech therapists focus on articulation and phonology, memory and organization, language, social communication, and functional communication. Therapists also assist children with oral motor skills to enhance swallowing, chewing, and eating skills.
- Occupational Therapy addresses fine motor skills, visual motor skills, and self-help skills. This therapy helps children learn to process information from the five senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste) in more manageable ways. Our occupational therapists provide intervention and adaptations necessary to achieve independence within the activities that are part of their daily routine with families members and others in their lives.
- Developmental Therapy can help children and toddlers improve their overall development, social-emotional development, relationships with others, and the development of their play skills. Our developmental therapists can also help improve a child’s behavior and self-help development.
To learn more about Aspire’s pediatric therapies, email Kathy Ruffulo, Vice President of Children’s Services, or call 708.236.0979.