Special to the Tribune
South Peninsula Hospital recently opened a specially designed treatment gym in the hospital’s pediatric therapy clinic. This versatile, kid-friendly space is complete with an adaptive climbing wall, interchangeable swings, a “jumpoline” and a one-way mirror for parents to observe their children in therapy sessions.
The gym is uniquely designed to engage children in play-based therapy, and is decorated with whimsical, colorful, nature-themed artwork that was purchased by the South Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary.
The gym is the final piece in completing the community’s first multidisciplinary pediatric therapy clinic. The clinic offers children’s physical, occupational and speech/language therapies for youth from birth to adolescence.
The clinic offers a multi-disciplinary team-approach to care, including the child, the family and the providers involved in the child’s treatment. The team comprises Amy Lower, speech language pathologist; Jackie Forester, occupational therapist; and Katie Beckmann, physical therapist.
The clinic program includes comprehensive evaluations and individualized treatment plans for each child, and may address motor skills, sensory integration, social skills and communication.
The pediatric clinic and gym are located in the SPH Rehabilitation Department of the hospital.
The public is invited to see the new clinic on Halloween, when it serves as a Trick-or-Treat Fun House for kids 7 and under from 2-5 p.m., or on Friday, Dec. 6 at a community open house.
For more information on the clinic or to set an appointment, contact the hospital’s Rehabilitation Department at 235-0370.
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