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Children’s Therapy Services

Physical Therapy  |  Occupational Therapy  |  Speech Language Pathology

The Pediatric Therapy Department

The Niswonger Pediatric Therapy Services department is comprised of physical, occupational and speech language pathologists. Our therapists work with children to improve the quality of everyday life and promote quicker recovery times. We work as a team to develop individualized therapy programs which optimize development and address rehabilitation needs for children with developmental delays, special needs or critical illnesses. Our team approach and child-friendly environment help children reach age-appropriate and condition-appropriate goals. We want each child to reach his or her maximum potential.

Specially Trained Pediatric Therapists

Our experienced and highly trained pediatric therapy professionals provide thorough evaluations, individualized treatment plans and the attention and compassion kids need and deserve. Most importantly, we are dedicated to partnering with you, your child’s physician and/or school to achieve the very best possible outcome and quality of life. For this reason, we strive to offer the most full-service and advanced care, which includes comprehensive services and credentialed specialists.

Parental Involvement

Each child’s success depends strongly on parental involvement. Pediatric therapists work closely with parents and caregivers to ensure a high comfort level while assisting their child in new therapeutic techniques in the home environment. This involvement helps to ensure continued progress toward reaching the child’s goals.

Therapy may benefit those hospitalized with:

  • Autisim spectrum disorders
  • Cancer/hemophilia
  • Cardiopulmonary disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cleft palate
  • Developmental delay
  • Failure to thrive
  • Feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Genetic disorders/birth defects
  • Musculoskeletal impairments
  • Neurological impairments
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Post-surgical conditions
  • Prematurity
  • Reading disorders
  • Sensory processing and learning disabilities
  • Speech and language disorders
  • Torticollis
  • Tracheostomy and/or ventilator dependency
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Any condition affecting a child’s growth and development

Occupational Therapy

A child’s occupation is to be a kid! Through the use of play, our occupational therapists help children acquire the skills needed for the job of living. This includes promoting independence in daily living skills such as dressing, grooming, feeding and handwriting.   

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Fine muscle movements
  • Visual motor
  • Visual perceptual
  • Sensory processing
  • Oral-motor
  • Activities for daily living

Speech Therapy

Eating and communication can be challenging for children with underlying delays or disorders. A speech language pathologist encourages learning experiences to help children and their parents develop skills that foster successful mealtimes and create confident communicators.

Speech therapy services include:

  • Oral-motor feeding evaluations
  • Video fluoroscopic swallow studies
  • Feeding/swallowing therapy
  • Caregiver training
  • Augmentative alternative communication systems
  • Treatment of children with speech language or reading disorders

Physical Therapy

Our physical therapists use their expertise in development and movement to help children participate in activities at home, at school and in play. The goal of physical therapy is to assist the child in achieving his/her maximum functional potential while reaching their developmental milestones as they grow.

Physical therapy designed just for children helps them improve:

  • Muscle strength and flexibility
  • Postural stability
  • Endurance
  • Joint mobility
  • Coordination and balance


Inpatient Pediatric Therapy
Niswonger Children’s Hospital
400 N. State of Franklin Road
Johnson City, TN 37604
Phone: 423.431.3171
Fax: 423.431.3178

Outpatient Pediatric Therapy
Niswonger Pediatric Therapy Services
415 N. State of Franklin Road
Johnson City, TN 37604
Phone: 423.232.1100
Fax referrals to: 423.232.1152