The Pen Bay Pediatric Rehab Team based at Pen Bay Speech and Hearing Center is dedicated to providing Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech and Language services to exceptional children.
Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Click to download our brochure (PDF, new window).
When evaluating and treating young children, we realize that skills are dependent upon each other and therefore approach the child as a whole. Sensory and motor development is influenced by cognitive and speech and language skills. Speech and language development is influenced by cognitive, sensory motor skills and hearing ability. Therefore the team approach, with the family in the center, is paramount.
The family shapes the child's development and is therefore critical in understanding the child. Together, parents and therapists create a plan of care tailored to the child and the family.
We specialize in children with mild to severe delays, including those who may depend upon augmentative communication, adaptive equipment, hearing aids or cochlear implants.
Speech and Language Services: Speech and language disorders can affect the way children talk, understand, analyze or process information. Speech disorders include the clarity, voice quality, and fluency of a child's spoken words.
Language disorders include a child's ability to hold meaningful conversations, understand others, problem solve, read and comprehend, and express thoughts through spoken or written words.
Our Speech-Language Pathologists work with children from infancy to adolescence. If you are concerned about your child's communication skills, please call to find out if your child should be seen for a communication evaluation and/or consultation. The early months of your baby's life are of great importance for good social skills, emotional growth, and intelligence.
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Pediatric Physical Therapy assists in early detection of health problems and uses a wide variety of modalities to treat disorders in the pediatric population. These therapists are specialized in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of congenital, developmental, neuromuscular, skeletal, or acquired disorders/diseases. Treatments focus on improving gross and fine motor skills, balance and coordination, strength and endurance as well as cognitive and sensory processing/integration. Children with developmental delays, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and torticollis are a few of the patients treated by pediatric physical therapists.
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We accept referrals directly from families, physicians and Child Development Services.
Pediatric Occupational Therapy enables children to regain, develop or master everyday skills which allow them to live independent, productive and satisfying lives. It is the job of living for children to engage in 'occupations' such as:
When difficulties in any of these areas occur the "job of living" can be compromised, making it very difficult for children to learn these essential occupations. Pediatric Occupational Therapists are qualified to identify fine and gross motor delays, sensory processing disorders and difficulties with completing the activities of daily living (ADLs) such as dressing, bathing and eating.
- Recreation and athletics
- Self-care skills
- Family and social interactions
While pediatric physical therapy (PT) tends to focus on gross motor and mobility skills, pediatric occupational therapy (OT) tends to focus on fine motor, visual motor and sensory processing development. Collaboration between professions is essential and there is often overlap with many skill areas toward the acquisition of functional independence.
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Common goals of Pediatric PT and OT
- Improve functional independence
- Improve sensory modulation and integration
- Gross and fine motor skill development
- Improve neuromuscular and musculoskeletal development
- Enhance social skills and participation
- Improve self-esteem
- Facilitate success in school
- Improve focus and attention
- Foster independence in self-care skills (dressing, bathing, eating)
- Acquisition of adaptive seating and equipment