Pediatric Therapy at Niswonger Children's Hospital

The Pediatric Therapy Department

The Pediatric Therapy Department is comprised of physical, occupational and speech therapists. Our therapists work with children who are hospitalized to improve the quality of everyday life and promote a quicker recovery time. Staff members work as a team to develop individualized therapy programs to optimize development and address rehabilitation needs for children with developmental delays, special needs or critical illnesses. Our team approach and child-friendly environment help children reach age-appropriate and condition-appropriate goals. We want each child to reach his/her maximum potential.

Specially Trained Pediatric Therapists

Our therapists are specially trained in the field of pediatric therapy. They incorporate play into therapy sessions and are trained to be more sensitive to the emotional, psychological and physical needs
of children.

Parental Involvement

Each child’s success depends strongly on parental involvement. Pediatric therapists specialize in working with parents and caregivers as therapy continues at home to ensure continued progress.

Therapy may benefit those hospitalized with:
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cancer/leukemia
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cleft palate
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Developmental delay
  • Failure to thrive
  • Feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Genetic disorders/birth defects
  • Hemophilia
  • Language/reading disorders
  • Orthopedic injuries or surgery
  • Neurological impairments
  • Sensory integration disorders
  • Torticollis
  • Tracheostomy and/or ventilator dependency
  • Any condition affecting a child’s growth and development

Occupational Therapy

A child’s occupation is to be a kid! Through the use of play, our occupational therapists help children acquire the skills needed for the job of living. 

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Promoting independence in daily living skills including dressing, grooming and feeding
  • Facilitating developmental play skills
  • Improving fine motor and eye/hand coordination skills
  • Improving sensory processing skills suchas organization, self-regulation andbehavioral state
  • Improving visual motor/visual perceptual skills including writing and coloring
  • Addressing orthopedic complication and helping to increase function through the use of splinting as needed
  • Recommending appropriate adaptive equipment for independence in functional skills

Speech Therapy

Eating and communication can be challenging, when children are acutely ill. Speech therapy encourages learning experiences that help children and their parents develop skills that foster successful mealtimes and create confident communicators.  

Speech therapy can assist with:

  • Improving receptive and expressive language skills
  • Altering positions and feeding methods to create the safest, most effective feeding experience
  • Improving oral motor strength needed for speech, eating and swallowing
  • Providing home programs for improving speech, language, feeding and swallowing
  • Promoting independence with communication
  • Providing augmentative communication devices to increase communication skills

Physical Therapy

Our physical therapists work with children and their families to help each child achieve their maximum potential. Physical therapy designed just for children helps them to:

  • Reach developmental milestones
  • Improve balance and coordination skills through play
  • Learn stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Obtain specialized equipment
  • Learn to ambulate with the use of assistive devices
  • Experience movement in mobilization with encouragement
  • Learn adaptation of daily care activities and routines

Niswonger 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
Mountain States Rehabilitation Services
Pediatric Therapy Services
415 N. State of Franklin Road
Johnson City, TN 37604
Phone: 423-232-1100
Fax: 423-232-1127