There are several ways that children arrive at Building Futures Pediatric Therapy. Some parents start by discussing a possible problem with their pediatrician. A teacher or daycare operator may bring up an issue with a parent. But many times, parents observe a problem themselves and seek out help. A good place to start is by filling out our Developmental Checklist. You will be provided with insight into your child’s development immediately.
If you think there is a problem, you may very well be right. Parents know their children better than anyone. Please fill out the Developmental Checklist. If you have further concerns after filling out the checklist, give us a call.
If there is a developmental delay, mobility, balance, speech or feeding issue, or if your child has been diagnosed with a condition that will affect their full and independent development, they should start therapy as soon as possible. Then we can begin improving the quality of their life—and yours—right away.
While there is some overlap between these two therapies, occupational therapy focuses on fine motor skills, such as dressing and feeding oneself, proper coordination, perceptual and play skills. Physical therapy primarily concerns itself with what are called gross motor skills. That’s where your child builds physical strength and balance and develops a proper gait. Children who need help learning to use adaptive equipment, such as a walker or wheelchair, also benefit from physical therapy.
Speech therapy addresses delays or disinterest in communicating, poor language skills, poor social skills, poor feeding habits, difficulty chewing or swallowing, tongue thrust and many other issues. Children with cleft lip or palate or Down Syndrome also benefit from speech therapy.
After an initial evaluation, your child will be assigned to his or her therapist who will remain with your child throughout their treatment process. Our therapists are well-versed in all of our pediatric therapy disciplines and will ensure your child receives the care they need. In that way, we give your child the best chance at well-rounded and healthy development. You will work with your child’s therapist and be able to contact them if needs arise at home.
We accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, Vantage, UnitedHealthCare, TRICARE, Aetna Better Health, AmeriHealth Caritas, Louisiana Healthcare Connections, Healthy Blue, and United Healthcare Community Plan. If your insurance is not listed here, please call our office to check on coverage.
Yes, that’s actually a very important part of your child’s development. Just like you, we want to give every child the opportunity to be as independent as possible. It’s important that we work with our families so they can continue their child’s improvement at home and learn more about their child’s needs.