Children's work is their play. Through play, infants through school age children discover the world around them. They learn though touch, movement, smell, vision, hearing and taste. How they put this knowledge together is important in their skill development, self concept, and self esteem.
Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy Services (SPOTS) is the pediatric therapy program within HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital Rehabilitation Services.
SPOTS therapists work with children with special needs and their families, as well as with others who help to shape their lives. As therapists who specialize in pediatric care, we build relationships with each child and their family. In doing so, we strive to weave what we believe to be best practice into the fabric of each child's daily life. We help families understand why their child may have challenging behavior, low self-esteem, or difficulty with developmental skills. Using a secure and successful environment, we work with families to enhance their child's development and establish successful daily routines.
A team approach is proven to be the most effective way to help children and families. We encourage parents to be partners in the therapy planning process to build on the child's strengths and work with community resources to provide additional support and assistance.
Areas of Specialty:
- Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing
- Picky Eaters
- Problem Feeders
- Aural Rehabilitation
- Sensory Processing Disorders
- Sensory Integration
- Cochlear Implants
- Positional Plagiocephaly
- Developmental Apraxia of Speech
- Infant Massage
- Cleft Palate
- Reflex Integration
- Premie Consultation
- Wheelchair and Adaptive Equipment
- Kinesio Taping
- Serial Casting for Lower Extremities
We provide skilled therapy services to children under the age of three in their natural environment (homes, daycares) through the Birth-to-Three in Chippewa and Eau Claire County, and children of all ages at SPOTS on HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital campus when medical or community-based needs are not being met by other providers such as the school district.
To refer a child to Eau Claire County Birth-to-Three, call (715) 839-6216.
To refer a child to Chippewa County Birth-to-Three, call (715) 726-7907.
Find out more about the Birth-to-Three Program on the Wisconsin Department Health Services website.
We provide skilled physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy services to children of all ages at our out-patient clinic on the campus of HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital.
To refer a child to our out-patient services, please call (715) 726-3447.
Wednesday mornings are reserved specifically for evaluations that can be used for diagnostics, monitoring yearly progress, accessing local services, individualize intensive in-home autism services, or initiating out-patient therapy services.
To make an appointment with our developmental clinic, call: (715) 726-3447.
We offer fun, engaging groups year-round for children with a variety of needs. Groups are structured and led by one of our therapists.
For a current listing of classes, email us.
The nervous system is vulnerable to various disorders. It can be damaged by injuries, infections, The Hanen Program is a family-focused program for parents of young children who have language delays. It is based on years of research and addresses the need for early language intervention and the importance of parents' involvement in their children's intervention. It is a 10 week program run by a Hanen certified speech-language pathologist for parents of children who are:
- Between the ages of birth and four years old
- Late talkers and/or at risk for having language delays
- Interested in learning how to best facilitate their child's language
The program includes:
- An orientation session
- Five small group sessions to teach parents the skills to improve their child's language delay
- Four individual consultation visits with a speech therapist that utilize video feedback to provide a personalized approach to each family
Research has demonstrated that children whose mothers participated in the Hanen Program had accelerated vocabulary and language development.
To learn more about our Hanen Program, call (715) 726-3447.
We offer private parent consultation on a number of topics such as infant massage, PECS, baby sign language, fluency, behavior management, autism, and sensory regulation. Consultation can take place in your home, at your child's school, or at our clinic.
To learn more about our private parent consultation services, call (715) 726-3447.
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