A full range of therapies is available to inpatients and outpatients, with the exception of the Music, Recreation & Child Life therapies, which are provided only to inpatients.
Child Life Services
Child Life Services provide children and their families with activities to assist them in adjusting to the hospital environment. Child life specialists help children understand what is happening through medical play activities and hands-on preoperative teaching in individual and group settings. Play materials and equipment are selected for children and adolescents based on their physical abilities as well as developmental needs. A positive, familiar and secure atmosphere for the hospitalized child is also provided by this service.
Music Therapy provides emotional support and motivates patients to address targeted skill areas through the use of music and goal-oriented treatment. Music therapists provide structured individual and group sessions to aid children of all ages in reaching their maximum level of functioning in accordance with the family and treatment team goals.
The Occupational Therapy
Department provides evaluations and therapies to help children gain
independence and promotes the development of fine motor skills, sensory
motor skills, visual motor skills, self-help skills and oral motor
skills that children need to function and socialize in their home,
school, play and community environments. In the case of an injury or
debilitating illness, Occupational Therapy will focus on rehabilitating
children, allowing them to return to their daily routines at their
highest level of function.
To contact the Occupational Therapy Department, call (504) 896-9540.
The Physical Therapy Department provides evaluation and therapy for problems with musculoskeletal and neruologic disorders in delay of developmental skills and impairments in gross motor functioning (large movements). Treatments may include range of motion, strengthening exercises, ambulation and posture control as well as performing functional activities (such as sitting, running or riding a bike). The department participates in amputee clinic working in conjunction with physicians and prosthetists to provide evaluation and training for the upper or lower extremity amputee. Orthotoics evaluations are also available. Additionally the department provides burn or wound care evaluation and treatment working with surgical or plastic surgeons.
Physical Therapy services require a physician order, which can be faxed to the department at (504) 896-9407.
To contact the Physical Therapy Department, call (504) 896-9557.
Recreation Therapy provides the infant, child and adolescent with treatment designed to improve their functional skills as related to play and leisure. Recreation Therapists help children explore their personal leisure attitudes, adapt equipment/activities, or acquire new leisure skills that will assist in returning home and living as independently as possible. Recreation therapy services are provided if consulted by a physician for individual treatment, group therapy or community reintegration training at the community level.
The Respiratory Care Department offers diagnostic evaluation and treatment to patients with abnormalities and/or diseases of the cardiopulmonary system. The department is active in all areas of the hospital, in particular the emergency department, critical care areas, rehabilitation departments and PFT lab. Families and patients receive education and training in all aspects of specific disease management and management of the respiratory system including mechanical ventilation, tracheostomy care, suctioning techniques and aerosol delivery. Families are prepared to care for their child, or patients are taught procedures in preparation for their return to a home setting. As needed, respiratory therapy provides 24-hour patient care.
To contact the Respiratory Therapy Department, call (504) 896-9530.