Our skilled therapists work with a variety of communication disorders including: speech/articulation disorders; apraxia; stuttering; phonological processing disorders; receptive/auditory processing and memory; receptive and expressive language; and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Comprehensive gross motor evaluations lead to individualized and specific treatment plans for each child and their situation, including adaptive equipment when needed. By improving range of motion, strength, flexibility and balance, we assist children in meeting developmental milestones or regaining lost skills after an injury. We work closely with the family and other care providers to ensure the most complete plan of care is in place for each child. Our goal is always to improve the lives of children by helping them achieve their highest potential in an environment surrounded by caring therapists and caregivers.
Our outstanding occupational therapists encourage development, independence, and reganilitation through the practice of everyday activities. We consider the child's whole body and how it contributes to overall functioning, but you will commonly find OTs focusing in on fine motor skills, visual motor and perceptual skills, sensory processing, and self-care skills. Our overall goal is to help kids participate independently right alongside their peers in any environment, regardless of their level of ability.
The Pediatric Place provides counseling services for children ages 3-18. Our counselors and/or social workers may recommend play therapy for your child.
Play therapy utilizes play, children's natural medium of expression, to help them express their feelings more easily through toys instead of words. Play therapy can help individuals communicate, explore repressed thoughts and emotions, address unresolved trauma, and experience personal growth. Play therapy is widely viewed as an important, effective, and developmentally appropriate mental health treatment.
Carmen Rathert, M.S. CCC-SLP, COM® is a speech-language pathologist and certified orofacial myologist. Many of our speech-language pathologists are trained to work with children and adults with the following: tongue- and lip-tie consults; infant suck re-training (including sucking pre- and post frenectomy); feeding/swallowing disorders; orofacial imbalance/weakness; bruxism; tongue thrust; open mouth posture and habit elimination.
The Pediatric Place uses a team approach when determining best treatment solutions for this population. The Pediatric Place employees speech/language pathologists specially trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach to dyslexia. Jeanni Kanzler, OTR/L, is specially trained in the MNRI method. Our licensed counselor, Emily Stocking, is also available to address the emotional impact that dyslexia can have on the child.
The Pediatric Place is excited to begin offering ABA therapy services at the Clinton clinic location. ABA is a therapy based on the science of learning and behavior. It is an evidence-based practice used to improve quality of life for children with autism.
Please click on the link above entitled "Autism Center" to learn more about our new building project.
Children must have a diagnosis of autism to participate in ABA therapy through The Pediatric Place. Please call our office if you are interested in ABA therapy and/or if you're interested in having your child tested for autism.
Our therapists thoroughly evaluate feeding difficulties. Together, the occupational therapist and the speech-language therapist can determine if a sensory-based approach is needed and/or if there are structural abnormalities that lead a child to restrict the number of foods accepted. Our therapists are trained in a variety of therapeutic feeding techniques designed to help children with feeding disorders. Courtney Van Alstine, OTR/L, is certified in the Learn Play Thrive (LPT) approach for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She often uses LPT during feeding therapy.
The Pediatric Place is proud to have Jessica Lopez, RD, LD, on staff. Jessica adds her specialty to our feeding team. Her field of work includes nutritional counseling for malnutrition, failure to thrive, oncology, obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, and picky eaters. Jessica's expertise with young children includes: developing nutritional care plans, recommending special formulas for growth and development, and monitoring tube feedings.
We offer our services within partnered local school districts as well as an alternative placement site. Learn more by clicking below!
If you have questions or concerns about the way your infant is breast- or bottle-feeding , our speech-language pathologists are trained in infant and toddler feeding and are available to assist in identifying correct/incorrect latch, ideal positioning, identifying tension patterns in the cheeks, lips, neck, assessment of lip and tongue ties, etc.
Please contact us to schedule a feeding evaluation today.
Join us for an adaptive haircut environment designed to support those with all levels of sensory needs! Haircuts include an experienced stylist with an occupational therapist present to assist, sensory room access prior to haircut, adaptive lighting/sound options, snacks and drinks (if needed), and a printed social story with picture of stylist (if needed).
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The Pediatric Place is excited to offer AAC evaluations for our pediatric patients. What is AAC? AAC is an acronym for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
"Communication devices, systems, strategies and tools that replace or support natural speech are known as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). These tools support a person who has difficulties communicating using speech." - What is AAC? - AssistiveWare
If you have questions regarding your insurance coverage for the evaluation and/or questions regarding funding for an AAC device please click on the link below.
Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI) is a gentle series of exercises and treatment activities used by our occupational therapists. MNRI involves assessing and treating a variety of primitive reflexes (reflexes infants are typically born with or develop shortly after birth). Retained primitive reflexes have been associated with difficulties with fine and gross motor coordination, poor attention, difficulty with balance/crossing the midline, poor coordination of eye movements necessary for reading/writing, poor emotional regulation/impulse control, learning difficulties, and difficulty potty training. Our occupational therapists use MNRI treatment techniques within OT sessions to support a holistic treatment plan for each child.
“Rhythmic Movement Training is a movement based, primitive reflex integration program that uses developmental movements, gentle isometric pressure and self-awareness to rebuild the foundations necessary to help overcome learning, sensory, emotional and behavioral challenges.”
Fascial Movement Taping uses kinesiotape for the purpose of pain control, swelling management, improved muscle activation or deactivation and a multitude of other pediatric concerns. Using the concept of movement therapy enhanced by Rock Tape, the tape works to promote function during activities. Therapists are certified in functional movement techniques through post graduate training. Our speech-language pathologists may use taping methods for facial muscles as well.
Therapists at the Pediatric Place may feel a child could benefit from therapeutic riding. The BARN is located in Leeton, MO. Equine Assisted Services (EAS) refers to multiple services in which professionals incorporate horses and other equines to benefit people. These services may include physical, occupational, speech or psychotherapy, therapeutic riding, equine assisted learning, adaptive driving and adaptive vaulting, etc. Click on the link below to visit their website.