Pediatrics


Paramount Programs are Custom Designed for Children

Providing therapy for children requires more than just scaled-down equipment. At Paramount, we understand that children have unique concerns and needs. We have therapists who specialize in providing Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Neurological Rehabilitation, and Speech Therapy to pediatric patients from newborns to 21 years old.

In our Bay City facility, a fish tank in the waiting room keeps kids entertained while parents complete paperwork. Treatment takes place in rooms covered in bright murals and filled with toys. For children who have difficulty taking in, sorting out, and connection information, we turn to our innovative and calming Sensory Room. The Sensory Room helps children organize their vestibular and proprioceptive systems.

Below is a sampling of our programs uniquely designed for pediatric patients. We draw on parts of all these programs to customize treatment plans that meet the unique needs of each of our patients.

Alert Program teaches children strategies for handling emotions that lead to behavioral issues. Therapists help children understand their emotions and work with them to develop positive ways of facing uncomfortable feelings. The Alert Program fosters sensory integration and regulation, emotional control, social thinking, and executive functioning skills for children with challenges such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, learning disabilities, and more.
The Astronaut Protocol – a sound-activated, vestibular-visual protocol – helps strengthen an individual’s ability to balance and move while simultaneously looking or listening. This relationship between movement, listening and looking is called the Vestibular-Auditory-Visual Triad. Strengthening that relationship often helps children who struggle with conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing disorders or motor apraxia.
Uses assisted movement and stretch reflexes to quantify response to pressure and movement, range, strength, variety and control of movement for the lips cheeks, jaw, tongue and soft palate. Can be used to help children with drooling, gagging, tooth brushing difficulty, tooth grinding, and swallowing patterns.
Cognitive Rehabilitation focuses on enhancing function and independence while improving quality of life.
Handwriting Without Tears draws on multisensory tools and strategies to help children master handwriting. This program helps children who thrive on different learning styles.
Feeding and Swallowing is improved when patients do swallowing exercises designed to improve oral motor movement and function. VitalStim also helps facilitate swallowing.
The Integrated Listening System is comprised of a bone conduction headset that filtrates classical music of varying frequencies via air conduction while the child is participating in therapy. Research on the ILS demonstrates improved body organization, fine motor control, gross motor skills, balance, attention, coordination skills, sensory processing skills, emotional regulation, social skills and self-regulation.
Interactive Metronome is a computer-based program that helps children with motor coordination or attention difficulties including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, motor apraxia, and other similar conditions. With this treatment, children perform bilateral movements in time to a metronome, helping build motor coordination skills.
Neuro Plus helps individuals exercise their brains and practice vital attention skills. The child wears a headband while following visual stimuli on a screen. Gradually, the stimuli are increased. The headband uses neurofeedback signals to monitor how well the child is paying attention. The screen shows real-time, visual indicators of the child’s attentiveness level. That immediate feedback helps the child improve focus, body self-control, and impulse-control.
Our Occupational Therapists create individualized Sensory Diets for children to incorporate into their everyday routines. The “diets” consists of proprioceptive, tactile, vestibular, oral-motor, visual auditory, and gustatory activities to help the brain learn to regulate attention and appropriate levels of arousal. Paramount also offers extensive parent education and collaborates with schools so the sensory diets are incoprorated into the child’s routine.
Serial Casting is a non-invasive procedure that helps the range of motion using plasters or fiberglass casts.
Wilbarger Therapressure Protocol consists of brushing to upper and lower extremities, in order to reduce sensory or tactile defensiveness in children. It is used for conditions such as Sensory Processing Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Some of the benefits include improved ability to transition between daily activities, improved attention span, decreased fear or discomfort of being touched, and enhanced coordination and self-regulation.
Wilbarger Joint Compression Protocol consists of joint compressions, is completed in conjunction with the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol. These compressions provide children with the proprioceptive input that is required for self-regulation.
VitalStim and Oral Motor therapy involves placing external stimulation on specific locations of the throat and face. This stimulates impaired muscles during exercise. It also facilitates swallowing.
V.O.I.C.E. is a method therapists teach to help patients effectively communicate and interact with others. It focuses on improving vocal quality through exercises, education, and behavioral changes.

When we create a personalized treatment plan for your child, we draw on a variety of state-of-the-art technology and techniques, including:

Pediatric Therapy helps patients whose daily living is impaired by:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Balance and Coordination Disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebral Vascular Accident
  • Fine and Gross Motor Delay
  • Head Injury
  • Non-Verbal Learning Disorder
  • Sensory Integration Disorder
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Sports Injuries