We provide inpatient and outpatient treatment in occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), speech and language therapy, social and nutritional services, and family resource coordination.
A variety of approaches help children reach their potential in mobility, daily living, social skills abilities, and communication. Exercises include large and small muscle groups, sensorimotor activities, play, technology, self-care practices, feeding acitivities, and the design and fitting of orthotic devices.
Children's Therapy also participates with Valley Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to offer evaluation, treatment, and followup for premature and full-term infants experiencing developmental and/or feeding problems.
Special programs offered by Children's Therapy include Feeding Therapy and Orthopedic Therapy
Bonding, Feeding, Motor Skills: Fragile Babies Benefit from Early Intervention by Neonatal Therapists
Premature babies struggle with circumstances that may impact the development of their feeding, motor, sensory and attachment systems. While in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), they are cared for by a dedicated team of professionals—at Valley Medical Center that team includes therapists from the Children's Therapy Department.
Occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech language pathologists work in our NICU six days each week, collaborating with medical staff and nurses to provide evaluation and treatment of these fragile babies. Therapists work to improve feeding skills, promote optimal positioning, promote motor development, regulate arousal level and assist parents in bonding with their new babies.
Our therapy staff also works to link up babies and their families to our NICU follow-up clinic for continued care after discharge. Early intervention and work with therapy staff in the NICU is key to promoting overall development and outcomes for these infants.
Birth to Six--Growth & Development
What Parents and Caregivers Should Look For
These informational charts will help you look at the whole child, watching and listening for milestones at each age level.
Resource for Children with Special Healthcare Needs
Seattle & King County Public Health publishes a quarterly newsletter with information regarding the identification and management of special health issues for children. Read the current issue or search archives.
Looking for Ways to Incorporate More Activity into Your Family's Life?
1) Active video games vs active play
2) Ways to increase preschoolers energetic play
3) Link for all Preschool Focus Newsletters (old and new)
Toy Selection Tips from Occupational Therapists
Occupational therapy practitioners are experts in promoting participation in activity, including play. Read this toy selection checklist, developed by occupational therapy practitioners, to assist you in selecting toys that can help your child learn and develop while having fun.
Appropriate Toy and Play Development Tip Sheets
Birth to 12 months English Spanish
Ages 1-2 English Spanish
Ages 3-5 English Spanish
Ages 6-8 English Spanish
Ages 9-12 English Spanish
Starlight Children's Foundation
Brightening the lives of kids and their families
Did you know Valley Medical Center’s Pediatric and Children’s Services have a wish list on the Starlight Foundation’s website? You can select and choose to donate specific items needed by our inpatient Pediatrics unit and outpatient Children’s Therapy. Starlight Foundation provides family-centered programs and services from hospital to home for children and families coping with medical challenges. Learn more about the families whose lives have been brightened by Starlight.
To schedule an appointment or for more information about Children's Therapy services, call 425.656.4215.
Children’s Therapy Información de Emergencia
In an effort to keep everyone healthy, we ask that you keep your child at home if they have experienced fever, vomiting, or diarrhea within the last 24 hours. Please also consider keeping them at home if they have symptoms or behaviors of illness that would preclude them from participating fully in therapy.