Outpatient Rehabilitation – Treatments & Services
At Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, we offer a full range of outpatient rehabilitation treatments and services, including physical, occupational and speech therapy and sports medicine. We offer patient- and family-centered care at several convenient locations throughout South Florida.
Aquatic therapy uses water to help increase mobility, improve exercise performance and assist in healing. The buoyancy of water helps support your child’s weight, reducing pressure and stress on the joints to make it easier and less painful to move. Our specialists use aquatic therapy to treat several conditions, including arthritis, chronic pain and post-surgery recovery. It may also improve motor skills in children with cerebral palsy, autism and developmental delays.
Augmentative alternative communication (AAC)
Augmentative alternative communication (AAC) helps children with limited verbal skills communicate with others. Augmentative communication uses devices such as amplifiers to enhance natural speech. Alternative communication uses devices or processes such as text-to-speech software or sign language to replace natural speech.
Auditory-verbal therapy teaches parents how to communicate with infants, toddlers and young children who use hearing aids or cochlear implants. The children learn how to listen to and understand spoken language. The therapy involves the entire family combining structured listening sessions with ongoing language work to incorporate language into daily settings.
Cancer rehabilitation helps children with cancer manage the physical, emotional and mental challenges that accompany a cancer diagnosis. Experts from various medical specialties, including physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, social workers and exercise physiologists, work together to lessen the impact of cancer.
Feeding therapy helps infants and children who experience feeding disorders, or extreme difficulty sucking, chewing, swallowing or eating. The treatment uses a variety of techniques to help increase food acceptance, improve chewing ability and reduce behavioral issues related to feeding.
Handwriting Without Tears® program
The Handwriting Without Tears® program helps students build the skills they need to develop their handwriting skills. The program uses age-appropriate materials and instruction to develop fine motor, visual and phonic skills. It is available for children ages 3 to 11.
Occupational therapy helps children with physical, mental or sensory health issues improve their functionality. This therapy helps children master activities of daily living and increase their independence. It can reduce pain, increase strength and endurance, and enhance gross motor skills. Occupational therapy treats many conditions, including birth injuries or congenital (present at birth) disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, autism and mental or behavioral health problems.
Pain management addresses chronic pain that remains despite treatment and time. It ranges from physical therapy and guided exercise to medication management, counseling and interventional procedures. Pain management may be necessary to care for severe burns and injuries, headaches, sports injuries or cancer.
Pediatric pelvic floor rehab
Pediatric pelvic floor rehab treats conditions of the pelvis and pelvic floor muscles that can lead to bowel and bladder issues and pain. The therapy uses a variety of techniques, including pelvic floor relaxing, strengthening and breathing exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles and improve bladder and bowel control.
Physical therapy helps children and adolescents with limited movement due to injury, illness or disability. Physical therapists use exercise and other movement techniques to reduce pain, increase mobility and improve your child’s overall quality of life.
PROMPT for restructuring oral muscular phonetic targets
PROMPT is a technique that uses touch cues on a child’s jaw, lips and tongue to guide them through the movements needed to form words and sentences. The acronym stands for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. PROMPT develops motor control, eliminates unnecessary movements during speech, and improves communication and language understanding. Specialists use PROMPT to treat children with speech disorders or delays.
Sensory integration therapy
Sensory integration therapy helps children who are hypersensitive to stimuli in their environment process the information they receive from their five senses – sight, smell, sound, touch and taste. It uses therapies such as weighted vests, swinging, brushing and deep pressure to calm an anxious child and help them develop self-soothing techniques.
Speech-language therapy helps children who have difficulty making sounds or saying words correctly. Specialists use speech-language therapy with children who have problems understanding or using language to communicate. Therapists use various techniques, including play therapy, sound production and speech exercises, to strengthen the mouth muscles and teach proper movement.
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Sports medicine offers care for injuries sustained while playing sports or doing some form of physical activity. Treatment focuses on restoring movement and may involve a team approach that includes board-certified physicians, physical therapists, certified athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals.
Vestibular therapy is a form of physical therapy that uses exercise to treat dizziness and balance disorders. Treatment may include exercise, gait and balance retraining, and repositioning maneuvers.
Voice therapy uses a series of exercises to reduce pressure on the vocal cords, reduce hoarseness and shape healthy vocal behavior. It teaches techniques and strategies for children to use their muscles correctly to produce sound easily. Specialists use voice therapy for children with vocal cord issues or after surgery for conditions such as vocal cord cysts or polyps.
Could outpatient rehabilitation services help improve your child’s ability to move, speak or eat? Call us at 954-265-4000 to schedule a consultation.