Esperanza Children’s Therapy Clinic
Services for children ages three to 18, and in some cases to age 21. We offer services in speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. We offer sensory based activities in a state-of-the-art setting to help your child improve motor development, behavior and learning through organizing sensation.
How do I refer my child?
Your child can get a referral from a pediatrician, neurologist, family physician, and/or nurse practitioner. For your convenience you may now download or fill out a referral form on our website by clicking here.
Your child will receive an evaluation to help our team determine how to best serve you. We also accept all Medicaid or Centennial Health plans and many other private insurances.
- Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), or Speech Therapists are professionals that have studied child development and communication and a variety of disorders that may impact communication. They are knowledgeable in swallowing and feeding disorders as well and can help improve a child’s quality of life by improving their oral motor skills for feeding. They hold a Master’s degree in the field as well as state and national licensure and certification.
- Certified Speech-Language Pathologists provide assessments, treatment, and education in a variety of areas. Speech therapy may include treatment focusing on articulation, language delays, traumatic brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, feeding and oral motor dysfunction, disfluency, and voice disorders.
- An evaluation of your child’s strengths and weaknesses will be conducted to identify any areas of need. The evaluation takes place in a room comfortable for your child to interact with the therapist in, while you observe through the two-way mirrors.
- Once you child has been evaluated, a certified Speech-Language Pathologist will create a treatment plan specific to your child in order to focus on improving any areas of need.
- Your child’s speech therapy session may include techniques to help increase their language skills, improve their articulation of specific speech sounds, improve their social communication skills, or aid in the development of appropriate feeding and oral motor skills needed to grow and develop.
- A child’s speech and language skills are important in developing their self-esteem. Speech therapy will not only improve your child’s speech and language skills, but will improve their self esteem and increase their willingness to socialize in their world.
- Developmental delays in expressive or receptive language
- Hearing impairments
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Cognitive delays
- Weak oral muscles or excessive drooling
- Chronic hoarseness
- Birth defects such as cleft lip or cleft palate
- Social skills
- Motor planning problems including Apraxia
- Disfluency (stuttering)
- Feeding and swallowing disorders
- Traumatic brain injury
Occupational therapy focuses on facilitating a child’s functional abilities in the areas of Self –Care skills (ADLs), Fine motor skills, Neuromusculoskeletal deficits, Sensory Integration and processing difficulties, visual motor and visual perceptual skills as they relate to performance in the home, school, play, and community environments.
Autism Spectrum disorder
Upper extremity (shoulder, arm, and hand) injuries
Brachial plexus injuries
Other orthopedic conditions
Traumatic Brain Injury
Delays in fine motor and visual motor skills directly affecting academic performance.
Coordination /Dexterity skills
Hand grasp and release patterns
Fasteners (button, zippers, snaps, and shoelaces)
Bilateral hand use (scissor skills)
Integration of proprioceptive, tactile, auditory, vestibular and visual input
Joint and soft tissue flexibility
Self Care Skills
Visual motor/Visual perceptual skills
- Physical therapy provides a wide range of services including functional and developmental assessments and treatment, mobility training, therapeutic exercises, ambulation training, and indicated treatment for certain orthopedic conditions. We offer individualized one to one treatment sessions.
- A Licensed Physical Therapist will evaluate and treat patients through clinical observation and assessment, standardized testing when appropriate, therapeutic exercise and developmental treatment to aid in recovery and increasing independence.
- After a comprehensive evaluation, the child and family are provided with therapeutic treatment, education, and/or support to allow for the child’s highest level of function to be attained.
- A care plan is developed using treatment techniques that promote optimal health and overall fitness, restores and improves the body’s function and movement, and limits disabilities resulting from injury or disease.
- The Physical Therapy Team works diligently to provide the highest quality of care to all children and their families. Services delivered are family-centered, culturally sensitive, and age appropriate when indicated.
- The Physical Therapy Team focuses on Gross Motor Skills (sitting, crawling, walking, running, climbing, standing balance, etc.) and integrating them into the child’s daily life so that the highest level of function and independence can be attained.
- The Physical Therapy Team can also assist with equipment prescription as needed for adaptive equipment as well as foot and leg orthotics.
- Needing physical assistance for mobility or transfers or with equipment prescription
- Cerebral Palsy
- Spina Bifida
- Neurological insult
- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Traumatic Injuries, causing physical weakness or disability
- Other conditions causing physical weakness that may cause difficulty with mobility
- Lower body and trunk weakness and/or difficulties walking that are impacting daily functioning
- Frequent falling that causes injury or disruption of daily activities
- Inability to keep up with other children of the same age
- Developmental Delay or Disability
- Orthopedic Conditions and Injuries
- Certain conditions are able to be seen at Esperanza Clinic depending on needs of the client. Please call to discuss each case with Clinic Staff and determine if the client’s needs can be met adequately.
- Other conditions may also benefit from a referral for Physical Therapy. Please call to discuss with Clinic Staff or send a referral and Clinic Staff will review and follow up with family and referring provider.