Pediatric Therapy Services

The Therapy & Learning Center has offered pediatric therapy services since 1987. The clinic features a family friendly environment with its spacious and comfortable waiting area and treatment space for children to work with therapists on a variety of developmental skills.

The clinic has more than 20 therapists on staff to offer the following therapies to children from birth to age 18:

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy services are designed to help children develop and improve gross motor skills needed to function in everyday life. These include activities that enable children to reach gross motor milestones, such as rolling, creeping, walking, and running.  Advanced gross motor skills such as jumping, hopping and skipping are areas that further improve a child’s coordination, balance, and strength. Interventions are based upon each individual child’s need and level of function. We have a wide range of expertise and equipment to access at the clinic, including our Lite Gait System and Treadmill. We also offer assistance with ordering orthotics as well as durable medical equipment which may include wheelchairs or other positioning aides. 

Some of the services or areas of focus include:

  • Gross Motor Development
  • Gait and Other Mobility Patterns
  • Strength / Endurance
  • Posture / Postural Control
  • Neuromuscular Issues
  • Musculo-Skeletal Conditions
  • Wheelchair Positioning  and Mobility
  • Orthotics Management

Occupational Therapy

Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on a child’s play, self help skills, fine and gross motor skills, coordination and sensory processing skills.  Each therapist has a unique way to connect with their client to promote skill development. Oftentimes this is accomplished through a play based approach while maximizing independence in daily living skills. We work closely with other disciplines when available to help with a variety of needs including: communication, sensory based feeding, home/environmental modifications, adaptive equipment, assistive technology and overall developmental progression. Some of the services or areas of treatment we provide include:

  • Sensory Processing
  • Handwriting
  • Fine Motor Skill Development
  • Self-Care 
  • Upper Extremity Casting for Range of Motion
  • Upper Extremity Casting for Constraint Induced Therapy
  • Upper Body & Hand Strengthening
  • Coordination
  • Play skills / Socialization

Speech Therapy

Our trained therapists help further develop communication skills both verbally and non-verbally. Children, and adults alike, communicate through a variety of means including:  gestures, eye contact, vocalizations, one word utterances, simple phrases, elaborate sentences or with assistive devices – just to name a few. Speech and language pathologists emphasize receptive and expressive communication, articulation, phonology & fluency, social pragmatics, feeding and oral motor skills.  We evaluate and treat a variety of speech and language impairments including:

  • Receptive / Expressive Language Disorders
  • Articulation / Phonology
  • Fluency Disorders / Stuttering
  • Sensory Based Feeding
  • Oral Motor Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders / Pragmatic Disorders
  • Voice Disorders
  • Apraxia of Speech

Rein Bow Riding Academy/Hippotherapy

Derived from the Greek hippos (horse), "hippotherapy" literally refers to treatement or therapy aided by a horse. Hippotherapy is a form of physical, occupational, and speech therapy in which a therapist uses the characteristic movements of a horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory input.

Wheelchair and Orthotics Clinic

Various vendors around West Tennessee travel to our Center on a weekly basis to provide service updates and equipment requests to wheelchairs as well as provide medical care and treatment in the area of orthotics (braces, splints, artificial limbs, etc.). Currently our wheelchair clinic meets bi-weekly on Thursdays and our orthotics clinic meets one Thursday a month.  If you would like help in scheduling an appointment with these particular clinics or if you have questions about these services, please contact Alice Williams at 731-668-3322 or email at alice.williams@wth.org.

Other Services Provided

Other therapists provide the majority of physical and occupational therapy within the Jackson-Madison County School System. Therapy groups are available during the summer for clients to work on specific goals. We also have therapists who travel throughout Southwest Tennessee to provide services at our outreach clinics. Each clinic offers the services of physical, occupational, and speech therapists to make travel time to your child's therapy sessions more convenient.

For more information contact our Pediatric Therapy Manager, Jim Nelson, at jim.nelson@wth.org or call 731-664-3670.

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