Kids aren’t little adults. They respond best to treatment plans that combine therapy with play – plans created with their unique personalities in mind. The child therapists at Ochsner Pediatric Therapy & Wellness have a passion for working with infants, children and adolescents and their families – and that passion translates into results.

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Pediatric Outpatient Therapy

The Ochsner Pediatric Therapy & Wellness team specializes in treating children with the following conditions:

  • Sports injuries
  • Developmental delays
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Genetic disorders
  • Orthopedic disabilities/injuries
  • Heart and lung conditions
  • Birth defects including spina bifida
  • Effects of in-utero drug or alcohol exposure
  • Acute trauma
  • Head injuries
  • Limb deficiencies
  • Muscle diseases

If you think your child would benefit from one or more of these individualized specialty programs, ask your doctor about a referral to see one of our pediatric therapists.

Pediatric Physical Therapy (PT) Services

Pediatric Physical Therapists (PTs) focus on the improvement of gross motor and functional skills. The team addresses the following:

  • Decreased mobility
  • Decreased strength
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Increased or decreased muscle tone
  • Decreased independence with functional tasks
  • Delayed milestones (rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, running, climbing stairs)
  • Poor posture
  • Decreased balance
  • Decreased coordination
  • Difficulty walking
  • Decreased endurance
  • Pain
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction/pelvic pain

We also provide:

  • Wheelchair evaluations
  • Serial casting following Botox Injections

Pediatric Occupational Therapy (OT) Services

Specially trained pediatric occupational therapists (OTs) focus on the following:

  • Deficits in upper extremity function (movement, strength, abnormal neuromuscular status, amputee)
  • Visual motor/tracking delays
  • Difficulty with writing or pre-writing
  • Difficulty with purposeful manipulation of objects
  • Difficulty with bilateral hand or body use
  • Sensitivities to food (“picky eater”)
  • Decreased coordination
  • Decreased independence with self-help skills such as dressing, feeding and personal hygiene
  • Poor self-calming skills
  • Intolerance to movement
  • Intolerance of touch on skin or in mouth

Pediatric Speech Therapy Services

A speech therapist for kids focuses on the following:

  • Articulation delays
  • Articulation disorders such as Developmental Apraxia of Speech
  • Receptive and expressive language delays
  • Language disorders secondary to autism and Down Syndrome
  • Delays in phonological awareness skills

Ochsner Fitness Center

When your child’s therapy is completed here, you can keep up the routine at Ochsner Fitness Center which offers fun programs especially for children and adolescents. Learn more.

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