Specialized therapeutic services emphasize the development of basic skills, and support each child’s ability to interact with family, friends, and their community. Early and regular assessments identify the strengths and developmental needs of each child.
Following orders from the child’s Primary Care Physician, speech-language pathologists work to improve children’s speech and language skills and oral motor abilities such as those used in eating.
Occupational therapists work to improve the coordination of small muscles of the body, including those of the hands and face. They also understand the importance of sensations such as touch, movement, sight, sound, smell and the pull of gravity.
Physical therapists work to improve the coordination of large muscle groups such as those in the arms, legs and trunk of the body. They can also help develop skills such as motor planning, balance, and can assist in planning for adaptive equipment such as braces, walkers, or wheel chairs.
Therapy Services are provided by a mixture of UAMS Staff and contracted community therapists with pediatric experience. Therapists work closely with Developmental Staff and families to develop routines that support development in the group setting and at home.