Our innovative clinical facility offers many disciplines of pediatric therapy under one roof, ensuring that no child, disability, or age group is left behind. Together, physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy helps children become independent participants in their community—in places like school, at home, or out in public. 


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Physical Therapy

Our pediatric physical therapists are health care professionals who are movement specialists addressing medical problems or other health-related conditions that affect a child's ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. Our physical therapists use treatment activities and techniques that promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Our physical therapists also work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles. Pediatric physical therapy uses play and fun activities to entice children to work hard and exercise to promote the highest level of independent function.


Speech Therapy

Our pediatric speech language pathologists serve children and their families to address typical and atypical communication and feeding skills. Common treatment techniques may include oral motor strengthening and range of motion exercises, reciprocal interaction through modeling and play, training on the use of audio-visual aids, the use of assistive technology, and strategies to facilitate functional communication.


Occupational Therapy

Our pediatric occupational therapists work with children and their families to help develop skills in the following areas: play skills, fine motor skills, and personal or self-care skills. Treatment techniques promote function and engagement in meaningful occupations, remediate disability, and provide support to families. Our pediatric occupational therapists focus on hand, finger, arm strength, trunk strength and stability, specific self-care tasks, and overall sensory processing. Play is used to address desired skills and to encourage the child to be active participants in their therapy sessions.


Constraint Induced Movement Therapy

Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is an innovative, evidence-based rehabilitation approach developed by Dr. Edward Taub at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Some children who have neuromotor conditions will often use their stronger hand and neglect to use their weaker hand. This is called developmental or learned non-use. CIMT encourages neuroplasticity, or the “re-wiring” of the brain, to improve arm and hand function. It is an intensive therapy program where children are seen for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 3 weeks. 


UP’s CIMT program is aimed at improving the use of affected arm, hand, and fingers, skills to care for self (dressing, feeding, etc.), upper extremity strength and coordination. For more information about UP’s CIMT program, please contact Frances Pulido, OTR/L, CIMT Coordinator.