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Pediatric Therapy 2017-09-21T03:47:43+00:00

Capstone Kids is a non-profit pediatric therapy clinic that services children from infancy to 17 years of age. Our vision is to help children with physical or mental disabilities lead full lives through physical, occupational, and speech therapy services. We include families, schools, and community partners in our programs. We serve the children in Whatcom County diagnosed with development disorders such as:

  • Autism and autism spectrum disorders
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
  • Motor disorders & tic disorders
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Communication, speech & language disorders
  • Fragile-X syndrome
  • Downs syndrome
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Mendelsohnn’s syndrome
  • Schizophrenia

Physical, occupational, and speech therapists are instructed in a generalized program to treat across the lifespan but can specialize within particular populations, for example, the pediatric population ranges from infancy through adolescence.

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 Physical Therapy

Pediatric physical therapists work with individuals with childhood onset conditions that limit their ability to move or function in their daily life. Conditions treated include:

  • torticollis
  • developmental coordination disorder
  • Down syndrome
  • cerebral palsy
  • impaired gait
  • hypo/hypertonia

and other gross motor delays and deficits.

Pediatric physical therapists apply their expertise in movement science, neuromuscular/musculoskeletal systems, and clinical reasoning to develop an individualized program for the child. A pediatric physical therapist not only works with the child, but also with the family to promote the child’s ability to function independently and participate actively in home, school, and community environments.

Physical therapy services are provided to improve mobility, develop or restore function, alleviate pain, prevent or decrease permanent physical disabilities, and promote overall health and wellness. The family can assist with the child’s individual program by performing proper positioning for the child during daily routines and activities, adapting toys for play, facilitating safety for the home and community, and providing information on the child’s physical and health care needs.

Speech Therapy

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are professionals who are trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat a variety of speech and language disorders. They also assess and treat individuals who have challenges with feeding/swallowing. SLPs have a minimum of a master’s degree and are often accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Pediatric therapy involves children ranging from infancy through 17 years of age.

Conditions treated include articulation and phonological disorders, speech apraxia, receptive and expressive language disorders, autism spectrum disorder, oral-motor or sensory feeding challenges, voice and resonance disorders, and stuttering. A child’s therapy program is dependent on the child’s age and level of function. It is tailored by the therapist to meet the individual needs of the child and their family.

 Occupational Therapy

Occupation refers to activities that support the health, well-being, and development of an individual ( American Occupational Therapy Association, 2014).

Pediatric occupational therapists work with children to promote active participation in school, play, or self-care activities and to develop age appropriate social skills. By meeting developmental milestones in various areas of their lives, children are better able to participate in meaningful occupations that will help develop life skills, allow them to learn, be creative, and thrive.

Occupational therapists are trained to assess the child and identify barriers to optimal functioning. Recommended interventions consist of age appropriate activities to promote the child’s strengths and facilitate improvement in their individual areas of difficulty; and are based on comprehensive knowledge of typical child development, the child’s natural environments, and the impact of disability and developmental delay on the child’s functional performance. Each child responds differently to therapy, and our skilled occupational therapists use their expertise to create and continuously modify a customized treatment plan to facilitate optimal functional performance for that child.

Parents seek occupational therapy for their children (infant through age 17) for a variety of reasons, challenges, and diagnoses including but not limited to:

  • Developmental delay
  • Fine motor and gross motor deficits
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Hypotonia
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Sensory processing challenges
  • ADD/ ADHD
  • Hyperactivity
  • Behavioral challenges
  • Feeding, grooming, and self care challenges
  • Challenges attending and learning new information