Pediatrics

Pediatric Nursing Services

Our skilled pediatric nurses at Astra Health Care, Inc. are trained and experienced in caring for patients from 0 to 18. From infancy to adulthood they are capable of ensuring that the care plan laid out by the patient’s physician is applied properly. Nurses also coordinate with the physician and parents over the course of care and will report changes and/or improvements in the patient’s health.

Pediatric Nursing Care Services

  • Skilled Nursing evaluations
  • Observation & assessment
  • Catheter Care
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Pre & Post Heart and Liver Transplant
  • Tracheostomy Care
  • Wound care & dressings
  • Injections
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Tube feedings & care
  • Ostomy care & teaching
  • Diabetic care & teaching
  • Disease process education
  • Medication Management
  • Family Counseling & Teaching
  • Nutritional Assessment with Weight Checks
  • Bilirubin Management with Lab Draws
  • Finger Stick and Heel Stick Lab Draws
  • Implanted Port Management
  • Feeding Pumps
  • Synagis
  • Bottle Feeding Therapy

Pediatric Physical Therapy

Pediatric physical therapists (PTs) work with children and their families to assist each child in reaching their maximum potential to function independently and to promote active participation in home, school, and community environments. Physical therapists use their expertise in movement and apply clinical reasoning through the process of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention.

Pediatric Physical Therapists can treat the following conditions and more:

  • Fragile Infants
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Torticollis
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chromosomal Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Clubfoot
  • Spina Bifida
  • Birth Trauma
  • Brain, spinal cord and nerve injuries
  • Congenital disorders and deformities
  • Motor vehicle accidents and injuries
  • Musculoskeletal injuries to bones, joints and muscles

Some of the care services that Pediatric Physical Therapist may provide are:

  • Board Certified in Pediatrics
  • Certified in Fragile Infant Feeding
  • NDT Certified
  • Kinesotape Training
  • Neonatal Therapist Trained
  • Developmental activities
  • Strengthening
  • Movement and mobility
  • Motor Learning
  • Balance and Coordination
  • Equipment Design, Fabrication, and Fitting
  • Posture, Positioning, and Lifting
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics

Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) treatment focuses on helping people with a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. OT can help kids with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), in addition to dealing with physical well-being, OT practitioners address psychological, social, and environmental factors that can affect functioning in different ways. This approach makes OT a vital part of health care for some children.

Occupational Therapist can treat the following conditions and more:

  • Autism
  • Developmental delays
  • Spina Bifida
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscle weakness
  • Emotional trauma
  • Babies born addicted to alcohol or drugs
  • ***Sensory (Integration dysfunction) we have several therapists specially trained for this dysfunction** (NO WAIT LIST)
  • Pain management in babies, neonates, toddlers up to 18 years old
  • Stroke in babies
  • Closed head injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Amputation
  • Prosthesis
  • Neuromuscular disorders such as (spinal muscle atrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy)
  • Teaching and training caregivers and parents to care for special need babies (feeding, monitoring, head and trunk stability, etc.)

Some of the services that Pediatric Occupational Therapist may provide are:

  • Helping work on fine motor skills in order to better grasp and release toys and develop better handwriting skills
  • Address hand-eye coordination such as (hitting a target, batting a ball, copying from a blackboard, etc.)
  • Assisting with severe developmental delays such as (bathing, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and feeding themselves)
  • Working with behavioral disorders to help maintain positive behaviors
  • Helping with physical disabilities and the coordination skills such as (feeding themselves, using a computer, or increasing the speed and legibility of handwriting)
  • Evaluate the need for specialized equipment, such as (wheelchairs, splints, bathing equipment, dressing devices, or communication aids)
  • Helping to improve sensory and attentional issues to improve focus
  • Feeding training for newborns, infants and toddlers to learn to suck/swallow, close lips around a bottle or spoon, drink from a bottle, and eat a variety of textured foods
  • Oral motor stimulation to assist the sensitive infant/child to transition to solid foods and accept foods, transition from g-tube/g-button g-feeding

Pediatric Speech Therapy

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs), often informally known as speech therapists, are professionals educated in the study of human communication, its development, and its disorders. They hold at least a master’s degree and state certification/licensure in the field, and a certificate of clinical competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

SLPs assess speech, language, cognitive-communication, and oral/feeding/swallowing skills to identify types of communication problems (articulation; fluency; voice; receptive and expressive language disorders, etc.) and the best way to treat them.

Kids might need speech-language therapy for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to:

  • hearing impairments
  • cognitive (intellectual, thinking) or other developmental delays
  • weak oral muscles
  • chronic hoarseness
  • birth defects such as cleft lip or cleft palate
  • autism
  • motor planning problems
  • articulation problems
  • fluency disorders
  • respiratory problems (breathing disorders)
  • feeding and swallowing disorders
  • traumatic brain injury

Speech Therapists use a variety of strategies to assist in rehabilitation including some of the following:

  • Language intervention activities
  • Articulation therapy
  • Oral-motor/feeding and swallowing therapy

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