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martin health for you - Pediatric rehab enhances lives of local children

Stuart News - 3/21/2018

Developmental delays, neurological, orthopedic, and speech dysfunctions in infants and children can be troubling for parents.

These conditions often require specialized treatment by a trained professional in the field of audiology, speech, physical, or occupational therapy.

Martin Health System has two highly specialized pediatric rehabilitation centers to treat these issues; the centers are located in Jensen Beach and Port St. Lucie.

Speech delay, feeding troubles, difficulties combining words into phrases and sentences by 2-3 years of age, and stuttering are all signs that a child may benefit from speech therapy.

Physical therapists treat issues related to gross motor, such as walking around 12 months of age or crawling at 8 to 10 months of age, orthopedic issues and infants with torticollis.

Occupational therapists treat issues related to fine motor, such as hand- eye coordination, visual motor integration, as well as sensory integration.

These are all concerns that parents can and should discuss with their pediatrician first. Once parents have spoken with their pediatrician, the doctor can refer the child to pediatric rehabilitation for an evaluation and treatment, if needed.

Our therapists work with a wide range of disorders including attention deficit disorder, autism spectrum disorder, speech disorders, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. We also see children with head injuries, cleft palate, feeding problems, genetic disorders, spina bifida, and sensory integration disorders.

Upon walking into one of our pediatric rehabilitation centers, families are greeted immediately by a relaxed and playful environment. From the toys and murals in the waiting room, to the books, games, toys, and jungle gyms in the treatment rooms, the entire facility is designed to encourage children to explore and learn while having fun.

Our highly qualified therapists use standardized tests and clinical observations to perform an initial evaluation and determine an individualized program for each child.

Once a plan of care is established, parents are encouraged to participate in their child's therapy both in the facility and at home.

Some issues can be corrected within a few months and others will require a long term commitment from the therapists and parents. At the Martin Health Pediatric Rehabilitation Centers, we are committed to the well-being and success of every child we treat.

Lindsey Curington, CCC-SLP, is the Pediatric Rehab Site Coordinator for Martin Health System. For more information on the Martin Health Pediatric Rehabilitation Centers, visit martinhealth.org/pediatric-therapy-mhsor call 772 223-5677. Most insurance policies are accepted.

Lindsey Curington

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