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Therapy services

Therapy services

Therapy services

Therapy services are an important component of care at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City. Therapy helps children improve their level of function to optimize their independence. Each child's program is designed for his or her individual needs and abilities. We practice a family-centered care approach in which family involvement in therapy is highly encouraged. Fun, play and creativity are incorporated into every child's therapy plan.

Prior to starting therapy, your child will be evaluated by a Shriners Hospitals for Children provider. Once a condition is identified that would benefit from therapy, therapy services for your child may be ordered. You may choose to receive those services at our hospital.

When preparing for therapy evaluation, caregivers should consider their child's and their own goals as we focus our therapy toward the needs identified. Our purpose is to assist the child with overcoming challenges, participating with peers, accessing recreational opportunities and reaching their full potential.

Common conditions treated in therapy (with orthopaedic impairments), include cerebral palsy, hemiplegia, arthrogryposis, spina bifida and muscular dystrophy. Children with genetic syndromes that cause orthopaedic and neuromuscular conditions may also be seen.

Our therapists

Crystal Haakenson, DPT
Mark Lange, MPT
Sonya Rees Mansfield, PT, DPT
Roxanne Beauregard, MOT
Laura Barnett MCSD/CCC-SLP
Laura Lewis, CTRS TRS

Physical therapy

Physical therapy services at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City provide evidence-based, highly specialized care to improve mobility and increase independence in the home and community. Your child's physical therapist will evaluate mobility skills, strength, balance, gait and endurance and assess how your child is functioning in their environment. This information is combined with patient and family goals to develop a treatment plan and determine frequency of therapy. In treatment, the therapist may work on exercises to improve strength, balance, mobility, coordination and transfers. The therapist may also recommend assistive devices and equipment to improve functioning at home or in the community. Caregivers are expected to be present for both evaluation and treatment in order to allow the teaching of home practice activities and safety precautions.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City helps children achieve greater independence through evidence-based, highly specialized care. Our focus is on increasing independence in functional activities of daily living,such as bathing, eating, dressing and handwriting. The occupational therapist will evaluate arm and hand function, sensory processing and play skills. This information is combined with the family goals to develop a treatment plan and determine frequency of treatments. In treatment, the therapist will use meaningful daily activities to achieve greater independence. The occupational therapist may also make splints and recommend adaptive equipment for daily living activities. Caregivers are expected to be present for both evaluation and treatment, to allow teaching of home practice activities.

Speech therapy

Speech-language pathology at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City provides evidence-based, highly specialized care to improve communication and swallowing skills. Speech conditions commonly treated include developmental apraxia of speech, dysarthria and cleft palate. The speech-language pathologist will evaluate comprehension of language, expressive communication, speech and swallowing. This information is combined with child and family goals to develop a treatment plan and determine frequency of treatments. In treatment, the speech-language pathologist may teach speech production, improve language skills, provide swallowing recommendations and prescribe augmentative communication devices. Caregivers are expected to be present for evaluation and treatment to allow teaching of home practice activities.

Recreation therapy

Recreation therapy is designed to help patients acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for independent leisure/activity, adjustment in the community, decision making and appropriate use of free time to promote a more positive leisure lifestyle. The recreation therapist provides leisure education that is age- and developmentally appropriate and works with children in both individual and group settings to build these new skills. Services may include introduction and exploration of all types of leisure activities, assessments and referrals, arts and crafts, and diagnosis-specific play groups and camps. Recreation therapy plays a big role in providing regular activities in which the whole family can participate. Learn more about our patient programs supported by recreation therapy.

   
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