Occupational therapy practitioners promote the function and engagement of children and their families so they can perform their "occupation" of being a child; playing, learning and socializing with friends. We help children develop these necessary skills so their transition into adulthood becomes a path to an independent and rewarding life. Our pediatric occupational therapists provide evaluation, intervention and consultation in the following areas:
• Fine Motor/Handwriting Skills
• Self-Help & Hygiene
• Play & Socialization
• Sensory Integration
• Organizing and Planning their Motor Skills
• Adaptive Equipment Modifications
• Environmental Adaptations for Home and school Settings
• Oral Motor Functioning
Our treatment rooms and innovative equipment are designed to mirror playful activities to the child, yet the therapists are actually drawing upon extensive training to provide challenging therapeutic activities aimed at developing greater capabilities and skill levels.
The owners of Ability Pediatric Physical Therapy, Mary Pomeroy and Joyce Barnett, bring to the practice of physical therapy a long history of school-based, community, and international pediatric involvement. They also provide therapist training in Alaska and other states, and offer educational programs to local physicians and health providers.
We help families manage a large variety of conditions including: Cerebral Palsy, Premature babies, Torticollis/Plagiocephaly, Congenital anomalies, Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome, Idiopathic Toe Walking, Developmental Delay, Developmental Coordination Disorder, flat feet/foot pronation.
Collaboration with OT and SLP within same clinic setting provides families with the opportunity for beneficial communication between the therapists that are providing services for their child. We look forward to meeting parents prior to initiation of services to discuss the needs of their child within the family structure.
There are five primary Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and several SLP employees in the Ability Group collaborative, operating under individual businesses. SLPs are educated in the science of communication and are the professionals trained to treat communication disorders and developmental delays. Our group of seasoned clinicians, spanning four decades, has extensive post-graduate training, are licensed and certified in the field and successful clinical experience in the treatment of all types of speech and language disorders. Each individual SLP has several areas of expertise with children ages birth-18 years. Our areas of mastery include treating children with:
• Receptive and expressive language disorders/disabilities
• Auditory and language processing disorders
• Articulation and phonological processing disorders
• Language-based literacy and learning disorders; language-learning disabilities
• Language, pragmatics and speech disorders of autism spectrum disorder
• Speech disorders: apraxia, dysarthria
• Alternative/augmentative communication
• Assistive Technology
• Dysphagia(swallowing) and feeding disorders
• Language and learning disorders in children with sensory processing disorders
• Speech and language disorders due to multiple disabilities and hearing loss
Collaboration with OTs and PTs at the same clinic location provides families with the opportunity of coordinated care and communication between the therapists that are providing services for their child.