Schafer Pediatric & Aquatic Therapy

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Where sports meet therapy

Our philosophy and vision are based on a multidisciplinary therapy approach where the ultimate goal is transitioning your child to community based inclusive activities. We strive to ensure that your child has fun during all treatment sessions incorporating sports based and preferred activities to motivate and engage your child throughout their episode of care.

Meet the passionate staff running the program. Ashley and Shannon

Services we offer

Neuromuscular disorders include; Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, traumatic brain injury, muscular dystrophies, spinal muscular atrophy, congenital and genetic syndromes, and pediatric spinal cord injury to name a few. Therapy treatment for children with neuromuscular disorders includes but is not limited to strengthening, balance training, functional mobility training, all with a strong emphasis on play. Care for children will also include coordination with team members regarding bracing and medical equipment needs ultimately focusing on improving the child’s independence, quality of life, and ability to participate with peers, maximizing their potential, and empowering them to reach their goals.

Torticollis is a shortening of one side of the neck which can manifest from a variety of causes. Torticollis is very treatable with the condition typically fully resolving by the toddler years. Torticollis treatment includes activities to strengthen and elongate the muscles of the neck all while facilitating symmetry during normal development.

Physical Therapy treatment for children who walk on their toes will first work to identify the cause of the toe walking with interventions including strengthening, muscle elongation techniques, gait training, and functional mobility training for the purposes of improving walking mechanics, prevention of secondary bone and joint injury to the lower limbs, and facilitating safe participation with peers.

Physical therapy for children after a sports related injury will focus on restoring strength and function in order to return to sport as soon as possible with an emphasis on prevention of re-injury.

Serial casting is a process used to improve range of motion in a child’s leg or arm by applying and removing a series of lightweight casts which lengthen the muscle over time. Serial casting is not painful as the process is gradual and comfortable. The serial casting process typically lasts 4 – 6 weeks with the child having minimal restrictions during process.

This form of therapy refers to PT services that are provided in a warm pool using the unique properties of water including buoyancy and resistance to achieve therapy goals. The aquatic environment enhances interventions for children with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and cardiovascular/pulmonary conditions in a gentle yet fun and active way. Children who may benefit from Aquatic PT include but are not limited to those who have cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, generalized weakness, or cardiovascular disorders.

We can provide physical therapy for children with diagnoses of Developmental Delay, Autism, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Metabolic Disorders, and congenital hypotonia. We will focus on improving strength, joint mobility, coordination, balance, and functional mobility in a structured, safe, and fun environment.

“I attribute Ashley’s patience, positive attitude, and perseverance to helping my daughter gain the strength she needed to achieve her milestones. Ashley was always flexible in her approach and researched new techniques that ultimately helped my daughter to walk (now RUN). Most importantly, it’s not hard to see that she genuinely loves what she does as evident by her caring and warm personality and abundance of knowledge.”
Janet Struze, Mother of Maddie, age 4.5