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.
April is National Occupational Therapy Month:
Our Occupational Therapists are celebrating occupational therapy around the world this month through activities in the department, sharing resources, and attending events. Two of our Occupational Therapists just returned from the American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference and Exposition, as well, meeting, sharing, and learning with over 8,000 other occupational therapists in Baltimore, MD! Check out our OT page for more information!
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pinwheels on display in our facility are in honor of this effort. Check out www.pinwheelsforprevention.org for more information on this important cause.
April is Autism Awareness Month
Here is an opportunity for you to be in your office or at home and learn more about feeding and nutrition for children with autism. During Autism Awareness month, a series of 4 one-hour webinars listed below, will address concerns around feeding and nutrition.
Topics: 4 part webinar on Autism Feeding and Nutrition. Patricia Novak MPH RD and Julie Miller MOT, OTR/L
April 4 : Biology: Gastrointestinal and Immunological Influences on Feeding
April 11 : Mealtime Challenges : Emphasis on Motor Challenges
April 18: Mealtime Challenges: Emphasis on Sensory Challenges
April 25: Nutrition: Diet and Supplements
The presenters, Julie Miller, MOT, ORT/L, SWC and Patricia Novak, MPH, RD, CLE are recognized leaders in their fields. They both work Pasadena Child Development Associates with a multidisciplinary team.
Registration and Cost
You can just listen to the presentations (parent and professionals are invited for $40 total for the series).
For CEU, an individual must attend all 4 webinars and successfully pass a post-test for each webinar for the total cost of $100.
Please carefully consult the brochure to determine if CEU is available for you (ASHA and AOTA are listed and don’t seem state specific. RN and social work seem CA specific. For RDs, Ms. Novak did say that this could be CPEU for you although this is not mentioned on the program brochure. However, the presenting group is an accredited provider. You may want to re-check RD credit if you register. )
Program Brochure at this site:
Nutrition and Autism Webinar Link
Please check out our Children's Therapy Autism page for more important information and resources.
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.