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Pediatric Therapy Services

Lancaster General Health offers limited pediatric therapy services for short-term physical, developmental and emotional issues. Our physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech and language programs are designed to service immediate needs and transition children to early intervention/intermediate unit or community-based services for ongoing rehabilitation. Our team of compassionate and highly skilled speech, occupational and physical therapists are specially trained and experienced in pediatric therapy and use advanced tools and techniques to help children achieve their potential while educating and empowering parents and caregivers for long-term success.

Speech therapy programs

Our speech therapists provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for:

  • Feeding/swallowing disorders (dysphagia)—Therapy addresses conditions such as aversion to certain foods or textures, other resistance to eating, as well as anatomical or physiological swallowing problems. Therapy may include transitioning from a gastric tube to oral feeding, bottle or nipple training and/or muscle strengthening.
  • Speech and language development—Therapy focuses on oral motor strength, movement and coordination necessary to produce speech appropriately and sharing techniques to stimulate language development.
  • Voice disorders—Therapy addresses voice disorders related to nodules; velopharyngeal insufficiency, a soft palate disorder; and vocal abuse in children and teenagers.

Pediatric speech therapy is available at Willow Lakes Outpatient Center, Suburban Outpatient Pavilion and the Kissel Hill Outpatient Center. For information or to schedule an appointment, call (717) 544-3270.

Physical and occupational therapy programs

Our physical and occupational therapists provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for problems with:

  • Sensory processing—An occupational therapist develops activities to help your child with difficulties that affect eating, dressing, visual motor and fine motor skills. A physical therapist helps your child with problems that affect his or her balance, coordination and gross motor skills. Parents learn strategies for incorporating sensory-based activities into daily routines.
  • Orthopedic diagnoses—Our therapists treat children with sports injuries, sprains, strains and post-surgical and other musculoskeletal concerns, such as:
    • Torticollis, or twisted neck
    • Plagiocephaly, or flattened head
    • Brachial-plexus injuries, or damage to the nerves that send signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm and handGait—After evaluating how your child walks and stands, and his or her foot position, strength, range of motion, a physical therapist develops activities to improve lower extremity/core strength and balance.
  • Gait—After evaluating how your child walks and stands, and his or her foot position, strength, range of motion, a physical therapist develops activities to improve lower extremity/core strength and balance.
  • Coordination—Our therapists develop age-appropriate activities and home exercises to improve your child’s coordination and processing.
  • Muscle tone—For children with hypotonia, our therapists develop a home program to strengthen core and lower extremities, improve function and increase participation in age-appropriate activities.

Pediatric physical therapy is available at the Downtown Outpatient Pavilion and Norlanco Outpatient Center. To schedule an evaluation at either location, call (717) 544-3270.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy is available at the Suburban Outpatient Pavilion. To schedule an evaluation, call (717) 544-3270.

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