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Children develop at their own pace. But some may take a little longer than others and may need some additional help along the way.
At Virtua Health, our Pediatric Rehabilitation Services provide speech, physical, and occupational therapy from birth through age 21. We care for children in environments where they are most comfortable, such as the home or a child care facility. Our specialists also provide services in many local school districts to ensure students receive the care they need.
Virtua’s Pediatric Early Intervention Program (PEIP) specialists can evaluate your child at home or in another environment, such as a child care site, to determine if he or she is experiencing developmental delays. Our specialists assess and treat your child’s self-help skills, such as feeding, learning abilities, communication skills, motor skills, sensory development, behavior, and social interactions.
Virtua provides comprehensive PEIP services in Burlington and Camden counties. The team is comprised of trained professionals, including behavioral, occupational, physical, and speech therapists; teachers of the deaf; teachers of the handicapped; and social workers.
Parents do not need a physician referral to access this service. To be eligible, children must meet certain criteria, such as:
If eligible, our evaluation team will create an Individual Family Service Plan to help your child develop to his or her fullest potential.
The Pediatric Early Intervention Program is funded, in part, by the New Jersey Department of Health and by part C of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
For more information, please call 856-581-7380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information on Pediatric Early Intervention services in New Jersey, please visit njeis.org.
Virtua’s Pediatric Outpatient Rehabilitation Services offers a videofluoroscopic swallow study (VFSS) to infants, toddlers, and children. VFSS, also known as a modified barium swallow study or oral-pharyngeal motility study, is a diagnostic procedure performed under a moving X-ray (fluoroscopy) to assess the swallowing process and swallowing mechanism. Board-certified radiologists and speech-language pathologists analyze the oral and pharyngeal structures and movement in relation to each other during eating, breathing, and swallowing.
During a VFSS, events before, during, and after the swallow can be observed, helping to determine which food and liquids an infant or child may eat or drink safely.
A VFSS may be appropriate if your child:
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 888-847-8823.
The Virtua Aqua Buddies Swim Program offers three sessions per year to teach children with special needs how to swim. Children above the age of 2 are welcome. Children who are not potty-trained must wear a swim diaper. A parent or guardian must accompany the child in the pool for instruction and carryover.
All sessions are group classes taught by a licensed physical and/or occupational therapist who will help your child:
The Aqua Buddies Swim Program receives a grant from the New Jersey Pediatric Patients’ Charitable Trust Fund, Inc., which allows qualified participants to receive a reduced class fee. The grant money is available on a first come, first served basis to children who qualify.
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