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
Infants exhibiting a suck problem—or a child who is a picky eater and who only eats one or two different foods—can develop a "failure to thrive," meaning they cannot eat enough to grow. The Washington State Community Feeding Teams
provide an interdisciplinary approach to address feeding/nutrition concerns for children with special healthcare needs in a comprehensive, cost-effective manner. In concert with this state agency, VMC's Children's Therapy works directly with families to help parents/caregivers resolve important issues related to feeding and nutrition. The team approach can benefit a family by avoiding duplication of services and allow all issues of food and feeding to be addressed by one team with identification of subsequent services/therapies needed.
Do You Have a Child with Autism or Know Someone Who Does? Special Sensitive Santa Event on December 8 for Children with Autism
Stop by The Outlet Collection in Auburn on Sunday, December 8, 8 - 10 AM, for a special time to visit Santa, reserved just for children with autism.The Outlet Collection will make its Santa area "sensory friendly" with lower lighting and quieter surroundings. Each family who attends will receive a free Santa photo and enjoy festive giveaways to commemorate this magical holiday season. If you, or someone you know has a child who would enjoy this wonderful event, contact Chantrelle Herburger at email@example.com to RSVP or request more info
. The Outlet Collection is located at 1101 Outlet Collection Way, Suite 1268, Auburn, WA.
Do You Know Someone who Needs Help Providing Christmas Presents for their Children?
Here's a list of local organizations who may be able to help:
Wellspring Family Services provides holiday toy room 206.826.3050 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Salvation Army Giving Tree 425.271.9444
United Way 206.461.3700
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?
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
Promote Successful Handwriting and Keyboarding Skills with this Useful Instruction Standards Guide
A Day of Fun on the Farm: Autism Day 2013 at Jubilee Farm !
Autism Day 2013 at Jubilee Farm in Carnation on August 10 was another great event for Children’s Therapy patients and staff! Record numbers of families arrived to play at all the booth activities, take a tractor hay ride, play in the water, ride bikes and learn what support resources are available in the community. The event included a new adolescent/adult resource section feature—a big hit, especially since participants could get their picture taken with several Star Wars characters! Every year it seems we learn of more local resources to share with our families. The Children’s Therapy therapists who attended (Miwa Aparo, Irene Bryant, Bethany Coleman, Britan Cosand, Jessica Feeney, Rachel Guerra, Nichie Lessard, Amy Westendorf) had a great time interacting with families, their children and the other vendors.
Children’s Therapy has been a part of this event since it began in 2001. Since then, the event and our participation has become a much-anticipated tradition and important resource to local families, helping them connect with community services, support groups and vendors, as well as other families, experiencing autism spectrum disorders. Interested in attending Autism Day 2014 and want to know more about what to expect? View the video to the left.
Check out the Autism Day website for more info.
Children’s Therapy Información de Emergencia