­The Pediatric Th­erapy Services Department at BSA is comprised of physical, occupational and speech ­therapists. Their goal is to improve the quality of everyday life for young patients with developmental delays and specials needs. Staff members work as a team to develop individualized therapy programs to optimize development and address rehabilitation. ­The team approach and child-friendly environment help children reach age-appropriate and condition-appropriate goals. ­Our therapists are specially trained in the field of pediatric th­erapy. ­They incorporate play into therapy sessions and are trained to be more sensitive to the emotional, psychological and physical needs of children.

Team members often initiate treatment with patients in the NICU and PICU and are able to follow-up with outpatient treatments once the patients are discharged from the hospital. ­They also provide treatments to patients who are referred directly to Outpatient ­Therapy Services.

A referral from the child's primary care physician or pediatrician is required to initiate treatment in the hospital. To make an outpatient referral call 212-0700.

­The therapists use many tools to draw children into an active role in therapy sessions. One such tool is the Imagination Development and Exploration Area (IDEA). ­The IDEA helps with a child’s gross motor and sensory processing skills.

Th­e Pediatric Th­erapy Program also includes a feeding clinic for families with children who have difficulties eating. The BSA Pediatric Feeding Clinic is a valuable resource for parents, pediatricians and other care providers when faced with feeding concerns. ­They offer a nurturing place for families to learn effective feeding strategies in a therapeutic environment.

Conditions that benefit from therapy services:

  • Any condition that affects a child's growth and development
  • Auditory processing disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cleft palate
  • Developmental apraxia of speech
  • Developmental delay
  • Failure to thrive
  • Feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Genetic disorders/birth defects
  • Language/reading disorders
  • Orthopedic injuries or surgery
  • Sensory integration disorders
  • Torticollis

Objectives of the program include:

  • Improving feeding skills
  • Improving language skills
  • Facilitating pre-reading skills
  • Promoting independence in daily
  • Promoting developmental play skills
  • Improving sensory processing skills
  • Improving fine motor and eye-hand coordination
  • Promoting achievement of development milestones
  • Improving balance and coordination
  • Assisting families in obtaining specialized equipment including wheelchairs