Our therapy clinic offers a wide array of pediatric therapy services including physical, speech, occupational, and specialty therapies.
PEDIATRIC THERAPY OVERVIEW
Since 1978, Innovative Services NW Pediatric Therapy has been serving the special needs of children. We provide an array of services including Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapy. We offer services to children who have developmental delays or disabilities as well as other diagnosed conditions. These delays may include challenges such as learning to crawl or walk, using hands to play, producing speech or coordinating sucking or chewing. We provide pediatric therapy to children in their most critical time of development and seek to empower them to reach their maximum potential.
Serving Southwest Washington communities including, but not limited to, Vancouver, Battle Ground, Camas, Ridgefield, La Center, Washougal, and Woodland. We welcome families from any geographic location for outpatient and specialty services. Innovative Services NW is a designated Washington State Neurodevelopmental Center.
Play is a Child's Work
Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy can all incorporate play-based activities to help children achieve their therapeutic goals in a fun and engaging way. The incorporation of play is important for a child's development becasue:
Physical play helps build strength, balance, and coordination
Play activities help develop problem-solving skills, creativity and critical thinking
Play promotes emotional development by helping to learn how to regulate emotions, express ourselves, and develop social skills through interactions with others
Play supports language development, we learn new vocabulary, practice communication skills, and develop speech and language abilities through play
Play is motivating!
Pediatric occupational therapy can focus on many skills to support a child to gain independence in their everyday activities including; sensory processing and emotional regulation, adaptive and self-care skills including feeding, fine motor, and visual motor skills, and play/social interaction skills.
Pediatric physical therapy focuses on developing mobility, strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and endurance in order for a child to be successful at home, at school, and in the community. Families are an integral part of care and promote self-selected goals of the child to expand their participation in daily routines. These activities range from crawling to explore their home, walking with confidence, running to keep up with other kids, challenging coordination on the playground or agility skills on a sport field. It can also include postural control, managing pain and rehabilitation from an injury or surgery. We work with kids of all abilities including medically-complex children and their families to develop positioning programs, manage equipment needs and promote quality of life care. We thrive on collaborating with other team members to consistently expand individual skill sets and continually reach for specialized care for clients.
Physical therapy providers at Innovative Services NW uses a variety of treatment techniques and supports above and beyond traditional therapy programs. Including but not limited to: Electrical stimulation; biofeedback; vibration boards; body-weight supported training in the spider cage or use of Lite Gait System/treadmill; theratog/therasuit supports; primitive reflex integration; and astronaut training for vestibular rehabilitation.
Pediatric speech therapy aims to build speech and language skills; It helps with early language skills, voice and sound production, comprehension, fluency, clarity, and expression.
Early intervention is a system of services that helps babies and toddlers (0-3 years old) with developmental delays or disabilities. Services address the needs and priorities of the child’s family and can help family members understand the special needs of their child and how to support their development. Early intervention focuses on skills that typically develop during the first three years of life in all areas of development.
We offer an orthotics clinic once a month to serve families in the Vancouver area. This clinic provides a unique opportunity for an orthotist and physical therapist to team up in evaluating children and teens. Together they consider both the orthopedic impairments and developmental needs to make the most appropriate orthotics recommendation.
SPECIALTY THERAPIES AND EVALUATIONS
Provided by our OTs and SLPs. Feeding therapy is used to help infants and children who have difficulties sucking, chewing, feeding, or swallowing. The earlier a child is in therapy to address these problems the better their growth, nutrition, and future eating outcomes.
Pelvic Floor Therapy
The pelvic floor health program is designed to share tools and strategies to improve success in managing bowel and bladder concerns for children older than age 5. The Pelvic Floor is vital for toileting control. It is important that the pelvic floor has the right amount of relaxation, strength, and coordination to allow a child to poop and pee naturally. Pelvic floor dysfunction occurs when a child is unable to control the muscles that affect their ability to go to the bathroom. Bladder and bowel dysfunction not only affects the child struggling, but also impacts the family, influencing activities and social events that the child can participate in. This program is designed for one visit a week for 8-10 visits specifically focusing on providing education to the family/client along with learning how to use their pelvic floor more efficiently for toileting needs . This is accomplished through a biofeedback system using games on a computer as well as other exercises specific to the child’s needs. In addition, nutrition, and daily routines will be discussed on how it relates to toileting control. This program may help with daytime and nighttime control, leakage with physical activity and concerns surrounding constipation.
Intensive Physical Therapy
An intensive therapy program is more than traditional therapy; It is an individualized program that accelerates functional progress. Our therapists will provide an individualized therapy plan to help the child and family achieve their mobility goals and attain their highest functional level. Working with a child daily allows the needed repetition to create lasting impact on new skills and build endurance. This allows for independence during daily routines, and playing with age-appropriate skill and endurance with peers on the playground, during recess or sport activities. Sessions typically run up to three hours per day, Monday through Friday for three weeks per rotation. There may be 1-3 rotations per year pending on the child’s plan of care. Children gain new developmental skills even after one intensive rotation that increased their independence in their every day activities
Schroth Method Physical Therapy
Provided by a physical therapist, 2x/week for 1-3 months, for children 10-21 years old with scoliosis or kyphosis. Schroth uses muscle activation, breath work, and external forces to realign the spine; and can be used to manage pain and prevent further progression of the curvature of the spine. Schroth can be used in conjunction with bracing and as a way to prevent surgery for scoliosis.
Other Therapy Services and Evaluations:
Sensory Integration Based Therapy
Special Needs Equipment fitting
Contact us for more information about other specialty therapies offerings and programs.
MEET OUR TEAM
Click here to learn more about our staff of licensed occupational, speech, and physical therapists.
This following list contains Pediatric Therapy’s most commonly billed insurance carriers, which is subject to change and is not all-inclusive. Certain exceptions may apply by specific member coverage or plan. If you have questions about your coverage please contact your insurance carrier or reach out to our billing department at 360-823-5147 or 360-823-5155.
Health Net- TriCare
Lifewise of Washington
Providence Good Health Plan (Preferred for PPO plans)
NEW CLIENTS & REFERRALS
For outpatient therapy referrals (ages 0-20):
Fax: (360) 892-2157
For Early Intervention referrals (ages 0-3):
Beth Markell, VP of Pediatric Therapy
For questions about our therapy services:
FOR CURRENT CLIENTS
If you are a current client and do not have access to the Patient Portal, click here to request access.