If your child has a behavioral, sensory, or feeding issue that is preventing them from living the highest quality life possible, understand that help is a phone call away. Contact MD Neuro-Rehab & Wellness Center in Pikesville today to learn more about how our licensed physical, occupational, and speech, and Pediatric Rehab therapists can help your child gain the necessary skills to lead a normal childhood.
Our services include:
- Feeding Therapy
- Early Intervention
- Adaptive seating
- Astronaut training
- Sensory Integration
- Visual Perceptual Therapy
- Musgatova/ reflex integration
Motor and behavior issues show up in children in many different ways. These conditions may make it increasingly difficult for them to lead active and healthy lives. It may also leave you as a parent feeling puzzled on how to best help them.
Some examples of conditions that a licensed pediatric physical therapist can assist with are as follows:
- Gross motor skills – walking, running, lifting
- Fine motor skills – writing, eating, holding items
- Motor planning – getting dressed, brushing teeth
- Social & speech Skills – talking, participating in conversations with their peers
Pediatric therapy at MD Neuro-Rehab & Wellness Center can help in a variety of ways. Therapy for behavioral issues often involves targeted stretches to improve a child’s physical strength, playtime to teach them the correct way to hold toys and explore, as well as exercises and training to improve how they walk or run.
Your child’s therapist will also most likely put together an at-home exercise program so that you can continue to practice with your child away from the clinic. Your involvement can speed up progress and make your child more comfortable with their therapy.
Realizing that your child may have a sensory-motor disorder might be a little confusing for you at first. MD Neuro-Rehab & Wellness Center in Pikesville offers a variety of pediatric therapy services that can help your child meet the proper milestones for their age.
If your child has a sensory issue, it means that they may have difficulties with one of the main five senses such as touch or taste. They may even have difficulties with more than one at the same time.
A few examples of tasks your child may struggle with include:
- Delayed sitting, crawling and walking
- Catching a ball, picking up toys
- Dressing themselves
- Difficulty with fine motor skills, such as writing
What causes a sensory-motor disorder to develop is not yet known, however, research has stated these conditions could possibly be a result of an environmental or genetic factor.
With the right kind of attention through pediatric therapy at MD Neuro-Rehab & Wellness Center, your child’s motor issues can be addressed and managed accordingly. One of our pediatric therapists will assess your child’s abilities or any setbacks they might have. They can incorporate sensory integration therapy into treatment as well, where your child will be evaluated for any “sensory defensiveness” or “sensory cravings.”
Sometimes children develop feeding or swallowing issues at a young age, which can severely affect their nutrition. Most children learn how to eat without any lasting trouble but a child with a feeding disorder will take much longer to learn and may only eat certain foods.
Your child could have a swallowing disorder, also known as dysphagia. If you notice any of the following symptoms, contact a pediatric therapist at MD Neuro-Rehab & Wellness Center in Pikesville to learn more about how our clinic can help your child to overcome their problems with eating and/or swallowing.
Common signs of a feeding problem, according to ASHA:
- Cries or fusses when feeding
- Falls asleep when feeding
- Has trouble breathing while eating and drinking
- Refuses to eat or drink
- Eats only certain textures, such as soft food or crunchy food
- Has problems chewing
- Coughs or gags during meals
- Is not gaining weight or growing
Call our clinic today
If you think your child may have a behavioral, sensory, or feeding disorder, it can’t hurt to have them assessed by one of our pediatric speech, occupational, or physical therapists. Contact MD Neuro-Rehab & Wellness Center in Pikesville today to set up an appointment.