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Occupational Therapy

Pediatric

Occupational Therapy

  • Dysphagia/oral feeding disorders are disorders in the way someone eats or drinks, including problems with chewing, swallowing, coughing, gagging, and refusing foods.
  • Pelvic Floor Therapy
  • Cognitive skills– remembering letters, shapes and sequences
  • Fine motor skills– finger dexterity, wrist and forearm control, and hand strength
  • Gross motor skills– balance and body coordination
  • Self-care tasks– dressing, bathing and self-feeding
  • Social skills– taking turns, listening and following directions3

Pediatric Pelvic Floor Rehab

The Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Program is designed for children who continue to have episodes of daytime urinary leaks beyond the typical age of potty training. Problems with bladder and bowel control are common and affect children of all ages causing embarrassment, anxiety, discomfort and frustration. In addition, multiple urinary tract infections may be a common occurrence for these children. Children and adolescents with bladder and bowel dysfunction may or may not have completed potty training.

Diagnosis of Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction may include any of the following and may occur independently or in conjunction with other medical diagnosis:

  • Urinary Incontinence
    • Urgency to urinate
    • Increased frequency of urination
    • Leaking or dampness between bathroom visits
  • Enuresis (night time wetting)
  • Bowel Incontinence, Fecal Soiling, Encopresis (leaking of stool), or Constipation

What is Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation?

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation works to strengthen and coordinate the muscles that control the bladder. This program also educates you and your child on anatomy of the urinary tract system and strategies to avoid urinary leaks.

What are the possible benefits of the Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation program?

The goal of the pelvic floor program is for each child to improve and/or achieve independent bladder control. Your child will gain knowledge of their urinary tract system and diet related issues. They will also gain improved self-esteem, confidence and the increased ability to participate in social activities such as sleep-overs.

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