Covenant's pediatric rehabilitation program offers physical, occupational and speech therapy to children-from pre-term infants to adolescents. Our goal is to help children conquer obstacles so they can regain independence and the ability to do what children do best-play, learn and interact. In addition, our team works closely with parents and family to ensure everyone is aware of the child's condition and needs.
We offer services to children and adolescents for a variety of disabling conditions, including:
- Cerebral palsy
- Spinal cord injury
- Brain injury
- Orthopedic injuries
- Genetic disorders
- Developmental (gross and fine motor skills) and speech/language delays
- Cleft lip and palate
- Neuromuscular impairment and diseases
Covenant also provides intervention for kids and teens with orthopedic injuries, sensory processing and integration difficulties, speech and language problems, feeding/swallowing issues, and developmental delays (gross and fine motor skills).
Treatments may include:
- Gait training
- Infant stimulation (oral, motor and touch)
- Activities of daily living, including dressing and feeding
- Positioning (posture and muscle tone)
- Balance training (sitting and standing)
- Range of motion exercises
Referrals should be made if any of the following are present:
- Abnormal movement
- Abnormal walking pattern
- Developmental delays
- Excessive clumsiness, floppiness or stiffness
- Excessive or limited joint mobility
- Muscle weakness
- Need for equipment
- Poor eye-hand coordination
Our department offers treatment/education, including:
- Parental education
- Home programs
- Developmental intervention
- Infant stimulation
- Gross motor
- Fine motor
- Gait training
- Community referrals
Neonatal/Pediatric Inpatient Care
Covenant offers inpatient therapy services in the region's only neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). In this setting, we offer:
- Physical and occupational therapists teach parents and caregivers handling and positioning techniques to optimize the infant's physiological functioning and to improve muscle tone, posture and range of motion
- Speech language pathologists are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of feeding and swallowing issues that are common in premature infants.
Neonatal/Pediatric Developmental Assessment Clinic
After discharge from the NICU, infants are monitored through the Developmental Assessment Clinic. During these visits, an infant's motor, visual/perceptual, and cognitive skills are assessed. If delays are noted, the infant is then referred for outpatient therapy services.
Neonatal/Pediatric Outpatient Care
Covenant's Michigan Avenue campus is the primary clinic for pediatric therapy, but we offer four additional outpatient facilities throughout Saginaw and Bay counties for your convenience.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 989.583.6386.
2015 Pediatric Symposium Handout Links
Breastfeeding: Supporting a New Mother
Therapeutic Relationships: Treating the Family
Failure to Thrive
Pediatric Feeding: What's the Big Deal?
Behavioral Feeding Challenges