Pediatric Specialty Programs

Rehab Programs for Children in Central Minnesota

You have hopes and dreams for your child. Our multidisciplinary team works with you and your child to establish a plan that will allow your child to reach their fullest potential. It is our goal to minimize the amount of assistance needed so your child can spend more time “just being a kid.”

Specialists in physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology work closely with:

  • Physiatrists
  • Social workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Dietitians
  • Other medical specialists

Feeding Program

A feeding evaluation may be needed if mealtime is becoming frustrating or if your child has difficulty gaining weight, drinking from a bottle or eating solid foods. It also may be necessary if your child has frequent coughing and gagging episodes or if your child is a picky eater. Speech therapists and occupational therapists work together to find the cause of your child’s difficulties and create a plan for your family.

Sensory-Based Occupational Therapy

Sensory-based occupational therapy is a specialized treatment for children with sensory processing difficulties. These difficulties can be present in children with a variety of diagnoses as well as in typically developing children.

Serial Casting

Serial casting is a non-invasive method of treating one or more joints that are either limited in range of motion or in poor functional alignment and impacting a child's ability to walk, play or complete other activities of daily living. This technique can be used to treat both the upper and lower extremities.

Torticollis & Plagiocephaly

St. Cloud Hospital’s Pediatric Rehabilitation team works as part of the Cleft & Craniofacial Center to treat children with torticollis, plagiocephaly and other cranial asymmetries. We believe that each child is unique and deserves specialized and comprehensive care.

Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy

Constraint-induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is used to treat children who have significant weakness, and therefore limited functional use, of one of their extremities. It consists of: restraining the “strong” arm; facilitation and training of the “weaker” arm; intense therapy for an extended period of time.

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is specialized one-on-one treatment provided in a warm water therapy pool. What children are unable to do on land, they may be able to accomplish in the water by learning alternative ways to move. Children of all ages can benefit from the therapeutic properties of water which will aid them in becoming more independent both in and out of the water.

Schedule an Appointment

Services from the pediatric rehabilitation team require a referral from your provider or nurse practitioner. If you are interested learning more about our services or scheduling an appointment, please call 320-229-4976 or 800-835-6652.

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