Cerebral Palsy Program
Augmentative Communication Program
The Augmentative Communication Program at Boston Children's Hospital provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment for children and adults with congenital or acquired disorders affecting hearing, voice, and speech, including cerebral palsy. For more information please visit their website or call 617-355-6486.
The goal of physical therapy is to help your child achieve his or her highest level of motor function and mobility. For example, if your child has ataxia, motor coordination and the control of limb and trunk movements is impaired. The physical therapist works to help your child improve or compensate for impaired and/ or absent movements. Physical therapy is indicated throughout your child's life to evaluate changes due to growth and development. A comprehensive evaluation by a team of professionals, including a physical therapist will determine whether your child requires a further, more detailed examination by a physical therapist in our outpatient department.
The therapist in the outpatient department will further evaluate your child and develop a plan of care based on the physical therapy diagnosis.
A very important part of the plan of care is the individualized home program, which is developed specifically to meet your child's goals and needs. The frequency of your child's physical therapy services at Boston Children's is based on your child's needs and the availability of local services. There may be times when the frequency of physical therapy should be altered, particularly if your child has had Botox® injections or orthopedic surgery. The therapist can discuss with you the appropriate level of intervention based on your child's needs.
If your child requires any adaptive equipment to improve his or hers level of function the therapist can assist with facilitating an appointment in our seating clinic or functional mobility clinic. The physical therapist can also help to facilitate a referral for occupational therapy if it is indicated.
The Physical Therapy Program is located on the six floor of the Bader Building. A therapist is available during the Cerebral Palsy Clinic hours to help you with any problems related to your child's therapy program and to answer any questions that you may have.
For more information you may contact the Physical Therapy Department at 617-355-7212.
Occupational therapy helps children with upper extremity impairment and/or traumatic injuries achieve independence in all aspects of daily life. A comprehensive upper extremity evaluation may include the following assessments: range of motion; sensory, strength and functional testing; self-care and play skills. In addition, evaluations prior to medical and surgical procedures are often necessary to assist with future treatment planning.The occupational therapist is specialized in fabricating custom pediatric splints. They provide assessments to determine the need for functional day-time splints. Occupational therapists are also skilled in making equipment adaptations and in the rehabilitation of children with neurological impairment, traumatic and congenital hand deformities.
Based on your child's needs the occupational therapist will design an individualized program which will not only enhance function but will also improve your child's quality of life.