Roots to Shoots

Roots to Shoots

Roots to Shoots Pediatric Therapy Clinic specializes in meeting the therapy needs of children. The space has two treatment rooms, a feeding room and a large therapy gym. The multi-use area creates elements of therapy in a fun and safe environment for children.

The center piece of the gym is a tree constructed by an artist that has completed work for Henry Doorly Zoo, as well as Walt Disney World. The branches of the life-like tree serve as anchor points for the therapeutic swings, hammocks, and harnesses; while the trunk of the tree is home to a third treatment room called the sensory room. This room contains equipment that allows therapist to control the amount and type of stimulus to which children will be exposed. The gym also includes a raised platform that partially surrounds the tree. The platform provides additional treatment space, as well as a destination for children using stairs, ramps, ladders, or rock climbing wall. The slide provides a quick, fun reward for children to return to the ground level of the gym.

The feeding room is designed to simulate a home kitchen area and will assist children who may have difficulty with the many aspects of feeding or eating. Speech and Occupational Therapists will work with children in this area who have troubles with swallowing or tolerating various food tastes or textures.

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Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy

Pediatric Occupational Therapy helps children to gain independence while also strengthening skills of development such as fine motor, sensory motor and visual motor that children need in order to function and socialize throughout their day. Occupational therapists evaluate the child’s ability to engage in play and daily routines to challenge and develop skills appropriate for the child’s developmental level. The following are examples of impairments in children who may benefit from occupational therapy services:

  • Difficulty paying attention or following instructions
  • Poor hand-eye coordination to engage in play activities
  • Behavioral disorders or acting out in various environments
  • Inability to use daily items such as pencils, toothbrushes, or feeding utensils
  • Sensory Processing Disorders such as poor tolerance of sounds, smells, or touch
  • Difficulty cutting, writing, stringing or engaging in tasks with both hands
  • Inability to use buttons, tying shoes, zippers, or snaps for dressing
  • Need for use of assistive technology for dressing, toileting, or cooking tasks
  • Need for assistive mobility or seating devices including wheelchairs, high chairs or strollers
Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy

Pediatric Physical Therapy provides customized care for children with developmental, neuromuscular, or orthopedic conditions to enhance or restore their functional mobility, allowing them to participate in age appropriate activities. Interventions used in physical therapy are aimed at addressing and providing growth in the following areas:

  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Help reach developmental milestones such as crawling and walking
  • Adaptation of daily activities and routines
  • Soft tissue related issues such as torticollis or plagiocephaly
  • Assess equipment needs and help with proper fitting
  • Improve functional strength to assist with mobility
  • Orthotic and prosthetic management
  • Treat neurological conditions involving either high or low muscle tone impairments
Speech Therapy
Speech Therapy

Pediatric Speech Therapy treats all aspects of communication throughout a child’s development from first words to socialization and interaction with peers and family. Speech therapists also provide intervention for swallowing to ensure adequate nutrition for growth and development. The following are examples of impairments a speech therapists may address through pediatric therapy:

  • Hearing delays associated with cochlear implants, otitis media
  • Fluency disorders associated with the disruption of the fluency of speech
  • Voice differences associates with pitch, vocal loudness and vocal quality
  • Expressive Language difficulties associates with ability to communicate wants and needs
  • Receptive language difficulties associated with the understanding of spoken or written language
  • Pragmatic language difficulties such as social understanding and appropriate use of language
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Auditory processing and comprehension
  • Tongue thrust
  • Oral motor weakness of the tongue, jaw, lips and facial muscles
  • Articulation difficulties associated with pronouncing sounds to make works.