Children use movement to explore their environments. Children are all individual therefore grow and move in different ways and times. This not only affects their confidence yet limits their interaction with peers and family. As a result, movement is a critical role in a child’s overall development.

What do we do?

Pediatric physical therapists provide comprehensive care to children with or at risk for movement dysfunctions. They utilize play to aide children in gaining independence and enhancing their movement capabilities. It is their goal to provide treatment that will help develop or restore function, improve movement, alleviate, prevent or decrease physical disabilities, and promote overall health and wellness.

What do we help children do?

Physical therapy specifically concentrates on minimizing or alleviating impairments that hinder children from performing specific movements. These limitations often require working on strength, coordination, balance and motor planning. Some typical goals set by families and therapists involving these specific activities including, but limited to …

•  Rolling

•  Maintaining Posture

•  Crawling

•  Jumping

•  Walking/Running

•  Riding a Bicycle

•  Standing

•  Sports Skills

How do we help?

The therapist and assistants at CSS Medical Center at Windber utilize a variety of treatment approaches depending on your child’s specific needs. These techniques include but are not limited to:

•  Gait Training

•  Assistive Device Training

•  Aquatic Therapy

•  Desensitization Techniques

•  Manual Therapy

•  Balance and Coordination Training

•  Stretching and ROM

•  Strengthening and Endurance Training

•  Postural Re-education

•  Constraint Induced Therapy

•  Vestibular Training

•  NDT Techniques

•  Therapeutic Taping

•  Temporary Orthotic Fabrication

•  Myofascial Release

•  Serial Casting

The Physical Therapy Department has been working with my daughter since she was three years old. She is now six and has two older siblings that have been treated here. We were referred by a friend of the family who had a daughter that was treated here. We have had nothing but great experiences. My daughter’s specialties at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh praise the department for the progress they have made with her and the great communication between them. PT also works with her medical supplier to help get the proper equipment and repairs that she needs. As long as my daughter or anyone else in our family needs PT this is where we will be! 

     - Melanie S

My son has been receiving physical therapy for muscle weakness in his legs. The PT and PTA have been excellent in treating him. They have been kind and professional. I am very pleased with his progress and treatment at this facility.
     - Lisa W
Megan Painter, PT DPT
Phone: (814) 467-3465
Fax: (814) 467-3441

What is pediatric Occupational Therapy?

Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on children’s occupations—including play, school, and home—and how children function and develop in those specific environments. When children have developmental delays in fine motor skills, gross motor skills, play, attention, sensory regulation, or other skills, OT can help them gain greater independence in all areas of their occupations.

What are some intervention techniques?

We employ a wide range of therapeutic opportunities and play activities to help children perfect the skills of daily life - at home, in school, and socially. Several intervention techniques are utilized to help each individual child meet their goals and gain better independence in their environment:

•  Sensory integration techniques •  Addressing social skills
•  Age appropriate play skills •  Awareness of self and environment
•  Participation in fine motor skills •  Aquatic therapy
•  Participation in dressing tasks •  Therapeutic use of music
•  Independence with daily living activities  

Who can benefit from OT?

Any child experiencing a delay in the areas listed below can benefit from OT services:

•  Fine motor skills •  Attention
•  Play skills •  Visual perceptual skills
•  Handwriting •  Social skills
•  Self help •  Problem solving
•  Sensory processing/modulation delays, such as picky eaters, sensitivity to touch and varying textures, sensitivity to bright lights, fear of falling, difficulty with bath time, etc.

While offering all the latest technology found in only the best community-based hospitals, the people of WMC understand that the true power of healing lies not only in the tools of medicine, but in the hearts of the people providing the care. This is our pledge to those we serve:

•  To use our skills and resources to help others
•  To focus first on overall health in order to reduce the need to treat disease
•  To bring the most advanced medical science to bear on illness and injury
•  To treat those we serve as we would guests or loved ones
•  To bring creativity and fresh ideas to the pursuit of improving life and health
Occupational therapy enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest...
- American Occupational Therapy Association
Meagan Croyle, OTR/L
Phone: (814) 467-3189
Fax: (814) 467-3452

What is Speech Therapy?

Speech pathologists assess children to effectively treat them for speech, language, feeding, and swallowing disorders via thorough evaluations to ensure that each child’s needs are identified. From there appropriate goals are established. Treatment consists of one-hour therapy sessions with a therapist in a relaxed and playful atmosphere. We place a strong emphasis on parental education to ensure that successful carryover is completed into the home environment.

What is our mission?

Our mission is to improve communication for activities of daily living skills by providing comprehensive and diagnostic therapeutic services to children to maximize their quality of life, working collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team approach and dedicated to developing a treatment plan that fits your child’s speech, language, and swallowing needs.

How can Speech and Language Development Be Encouraged?

•  Play, talk, sing, and encourage imitation of sounds and gestures
•  Use playgroups and everyday activities to encourage speech and language development
•  Read to your child everyday
•  Introduce new vocabulary that is meaningful and fun via songs, routines, or play
•  Speak directly to your child and give them time to respond; avoid completing their sentences for them
•  Use good eye contact and express and interest in wanting to listen to your child
•  Play with sounds and rhyming
•  Encourage your child to ask questions and show them ways to answer questions
•  Praise your child for communication efforts
Communication is the essence of human life.
    - Janice Light, PhD Penn State University
Shannon Butler, MS, CCC/SLP
Phone: (814) 467-346
Fax: (814) 467-3441