Pediatric Therapy




Helping your little ones get back on their feet
Freeman Pediatric Therapy offers highly specialized treatment to children from birth to 21 years of age. Our skilled, certified therapists evaluate and treat children with a varying range of physical, developmental and neurodevelopmental disabilities (disorder of brain function that affects emotion, learning ability, self-control and memory). We focus on working with the child to help build strength, improve movement, and strengthen skills through individualized treatment sessions.

Mom and dad are vital team members in their child’s treatment and progress. We teach parents how to use exercise activities at home to improve the child’s progress between sessions.

Freeman Pediatric Therapy is unique in that our therapists provide treatment to infants who are patients in Freeman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Treatment in this outpatient setting ensures that infants receive therapy as quickly as possible.

We provide specialized therapy in three areas:

  • Occupational therapy 
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy

Occupational Therapy
Our focus is developing the motor skills children need to function at home, school and play. We strive to help children achieve independence in all areas of their lives.

Freeman pediatric occupational therapists evaluate and treat children who have experienced:

  • Developmental delays
  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Orthopaedic surgery or injuries, including sports injuries
  • Visual impairment
  • Traumatic amputations
  • Severe limb injuries, including brachial plexus injuries (injuries that occur in the network of nerves that sends signals from your spine to your shoulder, arm and hand)
  • Chronic illness
  • Burns
  • Brain injury
  • Cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological diseases
  • Cancer
  • Autism-related disorders

Treatments focus on:

  • Range of motion
  • Bilateral coordination
  • Fine motor, visual motor and visual perceptual skills
  • Sensory processing skills
  • Dressing and grooming skills
  • Handwriting skills

Our occupational therapists can also evaluate a child’s need for splints, wheelchairs and sensory aids, as well as daily bathing and dressing equipment.

Physical Therapy
Freeman pediatric physical therapists work with children with medical or developmental disabilities to help them perform skills and tasks needed to resume daily activities. Children learn specific exercises designed to help them regain strength and range of motion, while relieving their pain. They also learn how to prevent a recurring injury.

Our therapists provide evaluation and treatment for:

  • Amputations
  • Cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, spina bifida, and other neurological diseases
  • Developmental motor skills
  • Joint mobility
  • Orthopaedic injuries
  • Postsurgical therapy
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Splinting and bracing
  • Torticollis (tilted head or difficulty turning neck)
  • Wheelchair and therapeutic needs

Treatments focus on:

  • Balance and coordination
  • Endurance
  • Strength improvement
  • Posture
  • Range of motion

Speech Therapy
Freeman pediatric speech therapists provide evaluation and treatment to help children raise their skills to an age-appropriate level. Depending on the child’s age and medical problem, therapy may be short- or long-term.

We offer treatment in the following areas:

  • Articulation and stuttering
  • Augmentative communication selection and training
  • Central auditory processing disorder
  • Expressive and receptive language and speech sound disorders
  • Feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Oral-motor difficulties
  • Voice therapy

Treatments focus on:

  • Learning new sounds or words
  • Modifying behavior that interferes with social interaction and vocabulary skills
  • Improving speech through muscle stimulation
  • Improving language skills
  • Retaining skills at risk due to disorder or disability
  • VitalStim® Therapy to improve functional swallow

VitalStim® Therapy, an electrical stimulation modality, is often combined with swallowing exercises to accelerate and restore swallowing functions. We are proud to offer this therapy service to patients in the Four States.
We partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States to provide families with much-needed help and support.

Freeman Pediatric Therapy
932 E. 34th St.
Joplin, Missouri 64804
417.347.6635