Trusted Pediatric Therapy Clinic
At Kidz Therapy Zone, our mission is to help children grow and reach their fullest potential. Located in Chambersburg, PA, our pediatric therapy clinic provides a wide range of programs for children of all ages.
Our team of highly trained, experienced, and licensed therapists and assistants evaluate children on an individual basis. We provide comprehensive evaluations for every child, working closely with their pediatrician and specialists to optimize their treatment plan.
By identifying every child’s unique needs, we then personalize a therapy program built around play ‒ because we believe children learn and develop best when they’re relaxed and having fun. Our goal is to help your child achieve their goals and developmental milestones and maximize their functional independence, all while involving the family in their journey!
Physical and mental impairments, injuries, and disabilities can hinder a child’s ability to perform simple, everyday tasks, perform in school, and enjoy life to the fullest. A child who is delayed in reaching their developmental milestones or struggles to hold objects, chew food, or maintain their balance and coordination may be candidates for occupational therapy. Occupational therapy can also benefit children who are easily distracted or struggle to cope with their emotions.
We take a holistic approach to occupational therapy, addressing an array of cognitive, social, behavioral, sensory, motor, and environmental issues through play, socialization, and practicing daily tasks like going to the bathroom, writing, eating, grasping objects, and self-care. Many of our children in occupational therapy focus on developing their eye hand coordination, ability to grasp objects, as well as their fine and gross motor skills through activities like walking, jumping, climbing stairs, and running.
Every physical therapy program is individualized to the child and their needs. In physical therapy, we focus on developing the child’s fine and gross motor skills through activities like walking, jumping, climbing stairs, and running.
We develop individualized rehabilitation and prevention programs for children with musculoskeletal movement issues. We also assist child athletes in preventing and overcoming injuries.
Speech therapy involves physical exercises to strengthen the child’s speech muscles. We also practice speech drills to improve the child’s ability to produce sounds and articulate them clearly.
Here is a breakdown of some of the common issues we address in speech therapy:
Articulation focuses on producing sounds so they are clear and understood by others. Children who struggle to articulate sounds and words can also struggle to express themselves and convey their needs and wants. Articulation issues can eventually hinder a child’s reading, writing, and spelling skills.
Stuttering occurs when a child stumbles over their words, interrupting their flow of speech. Children can also struggle with prolonging sounds. Some may not be able to convey certain sounds or pronounce specific syllables clearly. Not only does stuttering affect a child’s ability to communicate but can also affect their self-esteem and social relationships.
Expressive/Receptive Language is a common developmental language disorder. Children can struggle to express themselves, understand what others are saying, or a combination of both.
Here at Kidz Therapy Zone, we take the SOS Approach to Feeding. This play-based program teaches children the various ways food can be fun. While eating and engaging with food, we look to see which sensory, motor, oral, and behavioral/learning factors may be contributing to their feeding difficulties.
Because it’s a learned process, some children can struggle to swallow properly or without difficulty. Dysphagia is also a common swallowing condition that can make it difficult to swallow certain foods and liquids, or any at all. Children with dysphagia may also spit up their food, cough, or choke while eating and drinking. Developing the child’s oral motor skills is essential in developing their ability to not only swallow and feed, but also to speak and communicate.
This type of therapy utilizes a machine that emits high-frequency vibrations and triggers reflex reactions in the muscles. The movements of the Galileo mimic the natural human gait motion. As the child’s pelvis tilts in unison with the machine, their muscles contract and develop strength.
Kidz Therapy Zone takes a play-based approach to addressing sensory processing issues. We individualize the program to every child’s unique needs. It’s also common for us to integrate occupational therapy or other forms of therapy to help children learn to cope with noise, tactile, texture, or visual stimuli.
Communication Devices (AAC)
Children with language development issues are more prone to behavioral and social problems. Frustrated with their inability to speak and express themselves, these children will often throw tantrums or become combative. AAC therapy addresses language development issues head-on, decreasing inappropriate behaviors in the process.
Whether your child needs short or long-term AAC, our LAMP Certified and trained staff will assist our patients with all of their communication device needs. As a center of excellence for AAC, we offer assessments for AAC, as well as support in helping families secure their own communication devices.
Our Astronaut Training program targets the vestibular, visual, and auditory systems. It is designed to help children improve body control, spatial awareness, perception, academic performance, and ability to locate sound.
Our staff of speech, occupational, physical, and specialized therapists regularly undergo Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ACC) trials to better connect with our patients. We work closely with other specialists and doctors to maximize every child’s care plan.
Our facility is adaptable for a wide range of needs. We are the only clinic in the region to offer Galileo®Therapy, and one of few pediatric centers to feature both a feeding clinic and Snoezelen room.
Why Outpatient Therapy?
There are a lot of myths surrounding outpatient therapy. Kidz Therapy Zone wants to try to put some of those common myths to rest. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!
“My child already gets therapy at preschool or school, so my child doesn’t need outpatient occupational or speech therapy, too.” FALSE
My child won’t benefit from both outpatient and school therapy.” FALSE
“ My child doesn’t qualify for occupational or speech therapy at school, so my child won’t qualify for, need, or benefit from outpatient therapy, either.” FALSE
“My child had early intervention outpatient therapy and/or school therapy. He/she no longer qualifies, so my child no longer needs therapy.” FALSE
“Outpatient occupational and speech therapy is the same thing as occupational and speech therapy at school.” FALSE