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age-specific services and treatment

At PACT, we encourage early intervention. Outcomes are optimized when treatment is started at an early age. Responsiveness to the special needs of our patients and their families is of paramount importance to us.

PACT therapists address the child's physical and cognitive needs through activities that will also reinforce success and enhance the child's self-esteem.


PACT therapists visit infants in the hospital nursery to assess their needs based on prenatal birth insult, illness or surgery, as well as birth anomaly or feeding difficulty. Our physical, occupational and/or speech therapists then visit your child daily to address anatomical positioning and facilitate feeding and normal development. Prior to going home, the therapists will provide information and training so parents and other caregivers can continue this intervention at home.

Newborn to Age Three

For newborns and children up to age three, we provide developmental screenings and evaluations, as well as on-going interdisciplinary support for your family. Together, we then set functional goals using a wide variety of techniques and approaches, including:

  • Neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT)
  • Instructional home programs
  • Assessment of oral-motor function influencing the ability to eat and speak
  • Hearing screenings
  • Enhancement of your child's self-esteem

Ages Three to Five

For children ages three to five, we:

  • Focus on your child's ability to function independently.
  • Provide instruction and home programs to enhance your child's progress outside of the clinic environment.
  • Network with others involved with your child's development to ensure coordination of care.
  • Recommend adaptive equipment and approaches for eating, communications and mobility.

Five Years Old and Beyond

For children five years of age and older, we:

  • Facilitate higher level motor skills, dynamic balance and reinforce skills learned between ages three and five years old.
  • Focus on function in your child's environment.
  • Introduce the child to adaptive sports.
  • Enhance learning strategies.
  • Facilitate communication and function into later years of childhood.

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