Creating brighter futures for kids in Whatcom County

Pediatric Therapy Center

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are instructed in a generalized program to treat across the lifespan but can specialize within particular populations, for example, the pediatric population ranges from infancy through adolescence. Pediatric physical therapists work with individuals with childhood onset conditions that limit their ability to move or function in their daily life. Conditions treated include torticollis, developmental coordination disorder, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, impaired gait, hypo/hypertonia, and other gross motor delays and deficits. Pediatric physical therapists apply their expertise in movement science, neuromuscular/musculoskeletal systems, and clinical reasoning to develop an individualized program for the child.

A pediatric physical therapist not only works with the child, but also with the family to promote the child’s ability to function independently and participate actively in home, school, and community environments. Physical therapy services are provided to improve mobility, develop or restore function, alleviate pain, prevent or decrease permanent physical disabilities, and promote overall health and wellness. The family can assist with the child’s individual program by performing proper positioning for the child during daily routines and activities, adapting toys for play, facilitating safety for the home and community, and providing information on the child’s physical and health care needs.

Our physical therapists evaluate and treat children with a broad range of pediatric conditions and injuries, including:

  • Birth trauma
  • Brain, spinal cord and nerve injuries
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Congenital disorders and deformities
  • Foot disorders
  • Gross motor and movement dysfunction
  • Motor vehicle accidents and injuries
  • Musculoskeletal injuries to bones, joints, muscles and tendons
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Sports injuries and concussions

Speech Therapy

Speech therapy treats more than just words. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. In addition to evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a full range of communication and swallowing disorders, SLPs provide:

  • training and education to family, caregivers, and other professionals.
  • aural rehabilitation for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for individuals with severe expressive and/or language comprehension disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder or progressive neurological disorders.

Social communication disorders occur when a person has trouble with the social use of verbal and nonverbal communication. These disorders may include problems communication for social purposes, talking in different ways to suit the listener and setting, and following rules for conversation and storytelling. All individuals with autism spectrum disorder have social communication problems. Social communication disorders are also found in individuals with other conditions, such as traumatic brain injury. Cognitive-communication disorders include:

  • problems organizing thoughts
  • difficulty paying attention
  • trouble remembering, planning, and/or problem-solving.

These disorders usually happen as a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or dementia, although they can be congenital.

Swallowing disorders (dysphagia) are feeding and swallowing difficulties, which may follow an illness, surgery, stroke, or injury.

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are professionals who are trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat a variety of speech and language disorders. They also assess and treat individuals who have challenges with feeding/swallowing. SLPs have a minimum of a master’s degree and are often accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Pediatric therapy involves children ranging from infancy through 17 years of age.

Occupational Therapy

Occupation refers to activities that support the health, well-being, and development of an individual ( American Occupational Therapy Association, 2014).

Pediatric occupational therapists work with children to promote active participation in school, play, or self-care activities and to develop age appropriate social skills. By meeting developmental milestones in various areas of their lives, children are better able to participate in meaningful occupations that will help develop life skills, allow them to learn, be creative, and thrive.

Occupational therapists are trained to assess the child and identify barriers to optimal functioning. Recommended interventions consist of age appropriate activities to promote the child’s strengths and facilitate improvement in their individual areas of difficulty; and are based on comprehensive knowledge of typical child development, the child’s natural environments, and the impact of disability and developmental delay on the child’s functional performance. Each child responds differently to therapy, and our skilled occupational therapists use their expertise to create and continuously modify a customized treatment plan to facilitate optimal functional performance for that child.

Parents seek occupational therapy for their children (infant through age 17) for a variety of reasons, challenges, and diagnoses including but not limited to:

  • Developmental delay
  • Fine motor and gross motor deficits
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Hypotonia
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Sensory processing challenges
  • ADD/ ADHD
  • Hyperactivity
  • Behavioral challenges
  • Feeding, grooming, and self care challenges
  • Challenges attending and learning new information

Location

400 Sequoia Dr Suite 120
Bellingham, WA 98226

Telephone: 360-752-1511
Fax: 360-752-1551

Our Mission

Kornerstone Kids is a non-profit pediatric therapy practice based in Whatcom County. Our mission is to provide the best patient care and customer service available with a commitment to both culture and community. We are passionate about our professions and have compassion for the children we serve.