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Children’s Therapy Services

The Pediatric Therapy Department

The Niswonger Pediatric Therapy Services department offers:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech-language pathologists

Your child will work with our therapists to improve the quality of everyday life and for a quicker recovery.

A personal approach

A personalized therapy program will be developed by the therapy team to optimize development and address rehabilitation needs for children with developmental delays, special needs or critical illnesses.

Like you, we want your child to reach his or her maximum potential.

Who can pediatric therapy help?

Therapy may benefit children hospitalized with:

  • Autism 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

Pediatric physical therapy

Physical therapy designed just for children helps them improve:

Using their expertise in development and movement, our physical therapists will help your child more fully participate in activities at home, at school and at play.

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

The goal is for your child to achieve his / her maximum functional potential while reaching their developmental milestones as they grow.

Pediatric occupational therapy

A child’s occupation is to be a kid!

By using play, our occupational therapists help children gain the skills they need for the job of life.

Occupational therapy promotes independence in life skills such as:

  • Daily activities like dressing, grooming, feeding and handwriting
  • Fine muscle movements
  • Visual motor skills
  • Visual perception skills
  • Sensory processing skills
  • Oral-motor skills

Pediatric speech therapy

Eating and communication can be challenging for children with underlying delays or disorders.

Providing learning experiences that foster successful mealtimes and help children become confident communicators is what our speech-language pathologists do every day for families like yours.

Speech therapy services include:

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

Specially trained pediatric therapists

Our experienced pediatric therapy professionals not only provide thorough evaluations and personalized treatment plans, they provide the attention and compassion kids need and deserve.

Most importantly, we’re dedicated to partnering with you, your child’s doctor and / or school to achieve the very best possible outcome and quality of life.

This is why 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.

That’s why our pediatric therapists work closely with you as a parent and your child’s caregivers to ensure a high comfort level while assisting your child in new therapeutic techniques in the home environment.

This involvement helps to ensure continued progress toward reaching your child’s goals.

Pediatric therapy locations

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