At Riata Therapy Specialists, our goal for your child is to optimize participation in home, school and community activities. Through a welcoming and thorough discussion with you and your child, followed by a thorough physical examination, we will develop a treatment plan for the clinic and home environment that will address your concerns and functional goals to meet the needs of your family.
Gross Motor Development – Our pediatric team is passionate about a strength-based approach to gross motor development. We assess your child’s current developmental level in order to identify their strengths and then help your child use those strengths to meet the participation goals identified in the initial interview.
Independent Mobility – Our therapists truly believe in the cognitive, emotional, and social benefits of independent mobility at an early age. We work with the child, parent, and independent Durable Medical Equipment vendors (if necessary) to provide the child with the means to explore their environment in a fun and engaging way.
Strength and Range-of-Motion – Our therapists are skilled at identifying functional deficits in strength and range-of-motion. They then use these observations to develop fun and interesting ways to address these deficits. Part of the treatment plan includes working with you to find common-sense ways to incorporate opportunities for your child to improve strength and range-of-motion in the home environment.
Postural Control – Postural control, or your child’s ability to use their core muscles for seated and standing activities, is an essential element of gross motor development. It is also a very important component of a child’s ability to sit and learn in an academic environment. Our therapists assess this skill during the physical evaluation and use creative play activities to address impairments during treatment.
Gait Training – From initial steps to the ability to walk independently throughout the school and community, our pediatric team is invested in providing your child with the safest and most-energy efficient method for ambulation. Through evidence-based strategies such as functional strengthening, stretching, orthotic use and equipment management, our therapist will work closely with you and your child to find what works best for your family.
Equipment Management – Our primary goal for your child is to find joy through participation in home, school and community activities. If necessary, we will work with you and your child to assess for, order, fit and maintain any equipment necessary (wheelchairs, standing frames, gait trainers, forearm crutches, etc.) to help your family meet this goal.
Services (including but not limited to):
- Cerebral palsy
- Down Syndrome
- Other chromosomal abnormalities
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Charcot Marie Tooth
- Toe Walking/Gait Disturbance
- Muscle Sprains & Strains
- Developmental Delay
- Spina Bifida
- Other Musculoskeletal Injury/Disease