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Types of Therapies
 
Full Circle Pediatric Therapy, Inc. is part of a larger referral network of Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Therapists. This association allows us to communicate and consult with hundreds of other therapy professionals located in the Carolinas and out of state. And, since we truly believe in providing patients with the best care possible, if we are, for any reason, unable to assist you and your child, we are always willing to help find you a professional that is right for your personal needs.
 
Physical Therapy
 
Physical Therapy is a practice designed for the preservation, enhancement or restoration of movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disability, injury or disease that uses therapeutic exercise, physical modalities (like massage, hydrotherapy, etc.), assistive devices and patient/parent education and training. This type of therapy is also sometimes referred to as Physiotherapy.
 
Physical Therapy addresses developmental delays in gross motor areas.Gross Motor is a term that pertains to movement and coordination of the large muscle groups. In pediatric plain speak, Physical Therapy is designed to help developmentally delayed and/or challenged children learn to crawl, sit, stand, walk, jump, catch and climb or to help work toward improving upon these abilities.
 
Full Circle Pediatric Therapy, Inc. therapists are experts in helping your child achieve balance, strength, coordination and stamina.
 
Occupational Therapy
 
Occupational Therapy is based on engaging the individual in meaningful activities of daily life, such as in self-care skills, education, sensory integration or social interaction. Perhaps more importantly, this therapy is designed to enable and/or encourage a person's participation in all of these activities, despite impairments or limitations in physical or mental functioning.
 
Occupational Therapy addresses developmental delays in fine motor areas. Fine Motor is a term that pertains to movement and coordination in the small muscle groups - specifically the hands. Pediatric Occupational Therapists specialize in teaching necessary skills to developmental needs children - Skills such as handwriting, putting together puzzles, using scissors, buttoning and zipping clothing, tying shoes and other skill capabilities that children who do not have such developmental delays or are not developmentally challenged would learn relatively quickly.
 
Both Occupational and Physical Therapists may also specialize inSensory Disorders. Sensory disorders are often mistaken for simple behavioral problems; however, sensory disorders are far more than behavioral issues, as they are usually neurologically or environmentally based and impair a child's ability to process the world. One or more types of sensory stimuli either overwhelm or underwhelm brain activity. These types of disorders impede a child's ability to focus and learn. Some children exhibit extreme sensitivity to lights, sounds, smell, touch and tastes, while other children will have little to no reaction at all to certain sensations, thereby requiring more intense forms of stimuli in order to stimulate brain activity. Sensory Disorders are very real and impair the child's ability to process information necessary to develop capabilities in other areas like Fine and Gross Motor skills.
 
Full Circle Pediatric Therapy, Inc. is pleased to provide experienced, well-qualified, licensed Occupational Therapists to help you and your family achieve more out of life.
 
Kelly Helms, the Owner of Full Circle Pediatric Therapy, has been a big supporter of the establishment of Charlotte, North Carolina's own Multi-Sensory Environment Room, located at the Easter Seals UCP Children’s Center - 716 Marsh Road, Charlotte, NC 28209. This room is the first of its kind on the East Coast and is open to the community. Your child may benefit from therapies that both our Physical and Occupational Therapists can provide through the use of this room.
 
TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
 
 
Speech Language Pathology Therapy
 
Speech Pathologists or Speech/Language Therapists evaluate and treat defects or disorders in a person's voice, speech or language, as well as treat matters such as breathing disorders or possible swallowing disorders that affect communication. Treatments used by a Speech Therapist range from audiovisual aids that develop new speech habits to exercises that help strengthen the muscles used in speech (oral-motor work). Speech drills and other practice methods may also be employed to improve clarity or sound production and to assist and improve articulation.
 
Speech Therapy primarily focuses on receptive language and expressive language. Receptive language is rooted in the ability of a person to understand the words being spoken by others. Expressive language is rooted in one's ability to express words so that others will understand.
 
Many circumstances can lead to the need for a Speech Language Therapist such as throat or mouth injuries, brain injuries or stroke, hearing impairment, developmental disorders or anxiety disorders. Whether a condition is a result of physical, neurological, mental or emotional problems, Speech Language Therapists are medical professionals who can diagnose, treat and work with other medical professionals to help people overcome obstacles and lead more full and satisfying lives.
 
Full Circle Pediatric Therapy, Inc. currently does not offer SLP services; however, we will be happy to assist you in locating a therapist that is right for you.

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