All 169 children at Elizabeth Seton Children’s Center receive rehabilitation services in physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology to optimize each child’s potential.
Physical therapists maximize each child’s ability to interact independently within their environment and develop functional gross motor skills, normal movement patterns, increased strength and endurance, range of motion and coordination. Therapy includes the evaluation and fitting of orthotics and prosthetics, ambulation training, standing programs and the use of assistive devices.
In physical therapy, we offer clinical affiliations for students at local colleges and universities including: Columbia University, Hunter College, Ithaca College, Mercy College, New York Medical College, New York University, Northeastern University, Nova Southeastern University, Sacred Heart University, Seton Hall University, Stony Brook University, Touro College, Utica College, the University of Scranton and the College of Staten Island.
Our occupational therapy program focuses on the development of fine motor skills, coordination, sensory and perceptual motor processing and cognitive functioning, as well as on skills related to activities of daily living to instill a sense of security, confidence and independence in every child.
In occupational therapy, we offer clinical observations and affiliations for students at local colleges and universities including: Bay Path College, Columbia University, Dominican College of Blauvelt, Eastwick College, Ithaca College, Mercy College, New York University, Quinnipiac University, The Sage Colleges, Seton Hall University, Stony Brook University, Utica College, York College and the University of Scranton.
Speech Language Pathology
Speech language pathologists conduct diagnostic evaluations in speech, language and feeding. By utilizing language-directed play and structured language-based activities, therapists are able to enhance children’s communication skills, which may include using sign language and augmentative communication systems and devices.
We designed a comprehensive feeding program to address nutritional needs and oral-motor functioning. Creative activities and group play are woven into the dining experience to seamlessly enrich and improve feeding skills.
We provide clinical affiliations in speech therapy for students at local colleges and universities including: Columbia University, Iona College, Ithaca College, Lehman College, Mercy College, New York Medical College, Pace University and Seton Hall University.
Our Nutrition Department is comprised of a team of registered dietitians, food and nutrition supervisors and dietary aides and cooks who prepare our children’s meals and tube feedings.
Collaborating with speech language pathologists, occupational therapists and our medical and nursing teams, we provide the best nutrition to our children, whether they learning to eat by mouth (PO) or whether they require long term nutrition support (nasogastric tubes or PEGs). Guided by evidence-based, best nutrition practices, we ensure our children thrive.
We regularly host dietetic interns from Columbia Teacher’s College and the James J. Peters VA Medical Center.
The benefits of hydrotherapy are vast from creating effortless movement to relaxation and pain relief. By blending therapy and fun, we are able to improve children’s joint integrity, strength, balance and coordination. Hydrotherapy is also particularly effective for those recovering from orthopedic surgery.
In addition to our therapy offerings, building a comfortable environment for our children is critical. We provide adapted seating systems and wheelchairs to fit each child’s body and sitting position so they can explore their world safely and comfortably. Our technicians also offer adaptations for toys, beds, cribs and more.
We have specialized audiology, orthotics, orthopedic, rehabilitation medicine, wheelchair and adaptive equipment clinics on-site.