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Outpatient physical rehabilitation

An outpatient rehabilitation program allows patients to stay at home during their recovery and receive therapy on their schedule. It is usually less intensive than inpatient rehabilitation.

Pediatric outpatient therapy and rehabilitation in Asheville, North Carolina

Pediatric rehabilitation is challenging — but also filled with hope and potential.

The outpatient rehab program at Mission Children's Hospital offers therapeutic care that focuses on growth and healing. Getting your child the help they need is a courageous step toward ensuring a strong future.

Features of our pediatric outpatient therapy program

Our rehabilitation team is a specialized group of pediatric occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists. We are the only hospital in the region that specializes in pediatrics.

Huff Center Therapies outpatient care

Our pediatric outpatient rehabilitation services are offered in our Huff Center Therapies location on our hospital campus. Our licensed therapists are cross-trained in multiple disciplines, and they can coordinate with other subspecialists. Our approach allows for strong continuity of care and support for your child and family from birth to young adulthood. We provide outpatient evaluations and ongoing outpatient therapies, in addition to specialized programs such as our Program for Cerebral Palsy and Integrated Neuromuscular Care.

Therapeutic services

Our therapy service model prioritizes family-centered care that includes both you and your child. We focus on setting meaningful goals, creating an optimal individualized treatment plan for your child and providing ongoing education and home programming.

Pediatric occupational therapy

Our occupational therapists skillfully help your child learn how to develop hand (fine motor) skills and body awareness. Through appropriate therapeutic tasks disguised as play, we address sensory needs and preferences. These skills consider learning objectives and increase independence with self-care skills and self-regulation. Specialty programs include:

  • Constraint-induced therapy to help your child develop with hand conditions affecting one side of the body
  • Individual feeding therapy using the sequential oral sensory approach (SOS)

Pediatric physical therapy

Our physical therapists have a unique perspective on problems identified in muscular, orthopedic and neurological systems. Fundamental to the profession of physical therapy is a focus on physical development and the natural changes that occur in the body over the years of growth. Our pediatric physical therapists are uniquely trained to identify and address problems that may impact your child's body later in life. We have therapists with advanced training in:

  • Serial casting — Noninvasive conservative method used to improve joint range of motion at the ankle
  • Manual lymphatic drainage — Light, skin-stretching massage that helps promote the movement of lymphatic fluid to improve localized or global edema
  • Total motion release (TMR) – Scientific process to find and resolve pain, restricted or faulty movement and asymmetry through the use of specific therapeutic motions

Our physical therapists facilitate motor development or restore motor function following an injury. In therapy sessions, you and your child engage in activities to improve range of motion, strength, balance, coordination and endurance. We may recommend orthotics, bracing, splinting or casting to help children develop more functional movement patterns. We can assist with selecting and obtaining equipment that will allow your child to explore their environments and function more independently.

Pediatric speech therapy

Our speech-language pathologists partner with families to increase skills in feeding, swallowing and communication. Therapists work individually with your child to evaluate strengths and needs, create a customized treatment plan and teach you how to support your child's learning and development.

We have therapists with advanced training in various approaches to speech and language development, as well as feeding and swallowing treatments, including:

  • Auditory-verbal therapy (AVT)
  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
  • CAN-EAT approach
  • DIR Floortime
  • Hanen Method for parent/caregiver education
  • Kauffman method for childhood apraxia
  • Naturalistic language intervention
  • Orton-Gillingham approach
  • Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT)
  • Vital Stim

Our pediatric speech-language pathologists also provide outpatient video-fluoroscopic swallow studies.

Feeding and swallowing program

Our program provides outpatient feeding services for infants, children and adolescents. Our team of dietitians, speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists work with children and families to address problems related to growth, nutrition, oral motor skills, swallowing and sensory responses to food. We are the only hospital-based pediatric feeding program in the region, and we collaborate with physicians to address complex feeding problems. We offer instrumental swallowing assessments performed by speech-language pathologists who specialize in pediatrics.

Developmental Follow-Up Program

The Developmental Follow-Up Program sees babies who need special care after birth, are at risk for developmental delays or have ongoing medical needs. As the only program in the region that combines developmental care with comprehensive follow-up for at-risk infants and toddlers, we are committed to providing high-quality, compassionate services.

Our group of medical, therapeutic and development specialists closely monitor your child during early development. In addition to supporting their overall well-being, this proactive approach allows us to address and manage any growth, developmental and nutritional issues. We ensure coordinated care by working with your child's pediatrician, medical specialists and community resources. Your child can be referred to our program through their pediatrician or after staying in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

What to expect at your child’s evaluation

Your child’s evaluation will be unique to their age and needs and will depend upon the reason for referral. The general information applies to the most common initial visits, but can vary for individual assessments.

What to bring to pediatric rehabilitation

You can prepare early for your child's rehabilitation assessment by bringing the necessary information to help address all of their needs. Please bring:

  • List of your child's current medications
  • List of any significant surgeries or medical history not provided at our hospital
  • Your child's therapy history, if applicable
  • Your child's school therapy plan (e.g.: 504 plan, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) etc.)
  • Your child's health insurance card, if applicable

Physical therapy

Physical rehabilitation involves the whole body, so your child should have as much freedom of movement as possible. Please consider the following guidelines:

  • Dress your child in comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that allows them to move
  • Bring the type of shoes your child most often wears
  • Bring braces or assistive devices that are currently used by your child
  • Bring photos of medical devices used only in the home

Feeding and swallowing therapy

If your child has a feeding issue, it is important to plan ahead. Please remember to:

  • Bring your child a little bit hungry so that the feeding team can observe them eating during your appointment.
  • For bottle-fed infants, please bring your child's bottles and formula or expressed breast milk.
  • For older infants and children, please bring your child's favorite foods and foods that your child finds challenging to eat, in addition to any preferred utensils.

Huff Center Therapies is located at Mission Children's Reuters Outpatient Center at 11 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Asheville NC 28806. All outpatient therapies require a referral from a physician. To schedule an initial appointment with one of our therapists, please have your child's primary care provider complete our referral form and fax it to (828) 213-1625.

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