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Pediatric therapist with young patient

Our skilled therapists specialize in working with children with a variety of health and developmental needs. Our mission is to serve as a resource for families and their physicians and help coordinate and implement therapeutic interventions to meet your child's needs.

Through our integrated approach to care, our specialists offer personalized treatment with access to the latest rehabilitation technologies. Our pediatric therapists will design a treatment program that takes into account your child’s current challenges as well as physical, neurological or cognitive impairments, caused by:

  • Developmental delays (gross and fine motor skills)
  • Feeding/swallowing disorders
  • Orthopaedics/gait disorders
  • Sensory integration issues
  • Speech delay
  • Torticollis


The goal of pediatric therapy is to help all children reach their height of independence and functioning. Our team offers a full range of diagnostic testing and therapy services customized for pediatric patients from birth to age 21. Our services start with a thorough assessment of physical, neurological, motor, sensory, swallowing/feeding or cognitive impairments. Your care team* will take time to answer your questions and explain the services recommended for your child. Diagnostic procedures and recommended therapy services may include:

  • Screening and assessments for a wide range of diagnoses
  • Education for parents and families
  • Pediatric Neonatal Developmental Follow-up Clinic
  • Multidisciplinary pediatric feeding therapy (for those with difficulty swallowing)
  • Video-fluoroscopic assessment and treatment of swallowing difficulties

Depending upon your child’s specific needs, recommended therapy services may also include:

  • Physical therapy: Helps children achieve developmental milestones, restore functions after a serious sports injury, improve mobility, increase strength and relieve pain
  • Occupational therapy: Helps children reach their optimal level of independence in daily living activities, fine motor skills, visual processing and sensory processing
  • Speech therapy: Assists children who are having difficulty speaking, understanding speech, using language, feeding and swallowing.
  • Aquatic therapy: Benefits children who experience difficulties participating in weight bearing activities, with motor planning and/or body awareness and children with difficulties regulating themselves.

Pediatric therapy is delivered to babies and children who are currently staying in a Northwestern Medicine hospital or children being treated in an outpatient clinic.



Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents in Sycamore

At the Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Physical Therapy Center in Sycamore, we understand that when it comes to treating children, a different process is required for optimal results.

Kids simply don't respond well to therapy programs and treatment settings designed for adults. That's why we developed a comprehensive multidisciplinary therapy program and treatment area dedicated to children and adolescents.

Our pediatric therapists love kids and know how to encourage and work with children of diverse backgrounds and conditions for the best possible outcomes. Pediatric therapy takes place in a fun and relaxing environment.

Our interdisciplinary teams of specialized physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists work together to develop individualized programs that help children achieve their maximum potential. Our team of therapists has numerous years of experience and carries various specialties and certifications including Early Intervention Credentials.

Our pediatric therapists may also collaborate with the child psychologist at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Child Development Clinic to provide a multidisciplinary approach to evaluate and treat children with complex developmental/behavioral concerns.

This collaboration takes advantage of all our therapists’ expertise allowing opportunities to treat your child in a holistic approach. Our pediatric therapists treat a range of conditions in children and adolescents, including:

  • Developmental delays
  • Neurological impairments
  • Spasticity
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Down Syndrome
  • Sports injuries
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Torticollis
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Apraxia
  • Sensory Processing disorders
  • Treatment Strategies

    Treatment strategies may include:

    • Serial casting
    • Parent education
    • Sensory integration
    • Vestibular activities
    • Muscle strengthening/stretching
    • Posture/postural control
    • Pre-gait and gait training
    • Environmental adaptations/seating and positioning
    • Splinting/bracing/orthotics
    • Coordination of movements
    • Balance proprioception activities
    • Voice production
    • Feeding
    • Therapeutic listening
    • Floor time method
    • Facilitation of fine motor and gross motor skills
    • Language development
    • Handwriting and visual motor skills
    • Self help skills
    • Hannen language approach
    • Phonological development
    • Apraxia treatment
    • Focused language stimulation
    • Alternate/ augmentative communication training

    Learn about the extensive pediatric rehabilitation offerings at the Northwestern Medicine Pediatric Rehabilitation Services Crystal Lake location.

    Acute Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation

    Acute pediatric inpatient rehabilitation at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital combines intensive therapy and compassionate care from expert physicians and nurses in a positive environment.


    In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, some of the physician(s) and/or individual(s) identified are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. They have selected our facilities as places where they want to treat and care for their private patients.