Community Resource Guide

Therapists rely on the implementation of their expert knowledge of the neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, and integumentary (skin) systems to help your child in any one of the following ways:

  • Achieve age-appropriate developmental milestones (e.g., crawl, sit, stand, walk)
  • Better participate in age-appropriate gross motor or school activities with peers
  • Improve range of motion, strength, mobility, posture, balance, endurance, and coordination for independent function
  • Improve your child’s ability to independently negotiate his or her environment (home, school, job, community)
  • Actively participate and contribute to the society at large

Treating your child includes examining, evaluating, and assessing the areas in which your child may have difficulty functioning and then incorporating activities to address these areas. After examining your child, the therapist will make an evaluation of his findings using any combination of standardized tests, observations, and/or clinical expertise. Once an assessment has been reached, your therapist will discuss his or her findings with you and educate you on your child’s needs; educating caregivers (and your child when possible) on the nature or extent of injury, disability, and the prognosis is an essential component of pediatric physical therapy and helps to keep the caregiver involved and informed of the child’s progress. You will also review the plan of care with your therapist, which will entail a discussion of the number of visits, frequency, duration of physical therapy, prognosis, and home activities you must do with your child to help him/her excel.

Together, you will then create an individualized program specific to your child’s goals and/or the family’s goals.

Activities in the form of play are provided to help your child be better motivated to reach his or her goals. Your role as a caregiver and your compliance with your child’s home program are extremely important for a successful plan of care.

Upcoming Events

13 /April

01:30 PM - 09:30 PM

Parenting in the Kitchen: Home Strategies for Families in Feeding Therapy

Location: Milestone Therapy, 370 W 80th Pl, Merrillville IN 46410

Please note: In order to allow a larger audience to learn from Melanie, we will be providing chairs, but not tables in the room. Please feel free to bring a clipboard or other writing surface if you’d like to take notes while seated.

Course Description: This seminar connects professionals with tools to parents of children who struggle to eat. Parents of children with feeding disorders face challenges at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time. They often spend the day worried about how much their child will consume, unsure of how to help them learn to eat with more variety and concerned about the child’s nutritional health. Studies have shown that as parental stress increases, positive parent-child interactions decrease. A consistent, positive feeding relationship between parent and child is essential to making progress in feeding therapy. Those who treat children for feeding difficulties want to know how to support both the child and the family with practical, everyday strategies. What approach can parents take to bring joy back to the family table while the child’s feeding development improves over time? A child’s relationship with food influences family dynamics, therefore a family-centered approach to treatment is essential to progress feeding skills.

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11 /April

11:00 PM - 01:00 AM

April 2019 Respite Night

Milestone Therapy is hosting another Parent Respite Night – open gym, crafts, and games for our young clients and their siblings from ages 0-16.

While your children are in the hands of some very skilled pediatric caregivers, why don’t you escape for a few hours? Maybe a nice dinner or a few drinks, anything to help you relax.

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