715 Horizon Drive, Suite 200
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Phone (970) 644-3860Pediatric Therapy Services
At Grand Valley Pediatric Therapy, we provide skilled pediatric therapy services in a safe, welcoming environment for children. Our pediatric therapists help children and young adults by offering treatment for a wide variety of diagnoses and special needs. Together, we are committed to providing comprehensive, multi-disciplinary care in an environment where children can achieve their goals and reach their fullest potential. Services include occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy in one, convenient location. Our occupational, physical and speech therapists work closely together to create individualized treatment plans for children.
Pediatric Occupational Therapy Pediatric Occupational therapists help children achieve goals related to fine motor skills, sensory processing, activities of daily living, executive functioning and feeding.
Children who could benefit from occupational therapy may present with the following difficulties:
Difficulty using utensils, a toothbrush, hairbrush, etc.
Difficulty using scissors or writing
Difficulty with feeding, such as gagging, picky eating or refusal of foods
Difficulty with buttoning, tying shoes or managing zippers or snaps
Sensory processing difficulties such as tolerating certain smells, sounds, environments or aversions to certain clothing or textures
Difficulty with attention, following directions and/or transitions between activities
Difficulty with hand and eye coordination
Pediatric Physical Therapy Pediatric physical therapists assist children in developing and enhancing mobility so they may safely participate in activities at home, in the classroom, on the playground and in the community. They address skills that help children take part in important movement activities such as crawling, walking, running and playing games. Additionally, the physical therapist teaches children how to navigate mobility aids, such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and other supports, safely in various environments.
Children who could benefit from physical therapy may present with the following difficulties:
Delayed gross motor development
Difficulties with muscle tone and strength
Difficulties with posture/postural control
Difficulties with pre-gait and gait training
Difficulties with neuromuscular function
Difficulties with endurance
Need for mobility aids
Need for environmental adaptations
Pediatric Speech Language Pathology Communication is a fundamental skill. It is essential to learning, playing, social interaction and creating relationships. Speech language pathologists help children achieve goals related to communication. Impaired communication can affect every aspect of a child’s life. In addition to communication, a speech language pathologist also helps infants and children with feeding, suckling and swallowing difficulties related to oral motor or oropharyngeal disorders.
Children who could benefit from speech language therapy may present with the following difficulties:
Difficult to understand or unintelligible speech
Delayed comprehension of language
Delayed expressive language
Difficulties with pragmatics (social language/skills)
Difficulties with fluent speech (stuttering)
Difficulties with non-verbal communication
Difficulties with voice (hoarse, breathy, nasality)
Difficulties with dysphagia (feeding, suckling, swallowing)
Need for augmentative or alternative communication (pictures or devices to communicate)