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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between occupational therapy and physical therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) facilitates health, wellness, and independence by using tasks and purposeful activities, whereas physical therapy uses exercise and mobility. OT can help kids improve their motor skills, sensory processing, self-care and cognitive skills, and enhance their sense of accomplishment all through everyday activities. PT preserves, enhances, or restores movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disease, injury, or disability. PTs help children improve gross motor skills, strength, and endurance to allow them to participate in age-appropriate activities at home and at school.

Why do Speech-Language Therapists treat Feeding Disorders?

Speech-language pathologists have extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and functional aspects of the respiratory and upper digestive tracts for swallowing and speech and of the underlying medical and behavioral causes of swallowing and feeding disorders. In addition, they have expertise in all aspects of communication disorders that include cognition, language, and behavioral interactions, many of which may affect the diagnosis and management of swallowing and feeding disorders. Because of the complexities of assessment and treatment of swallowing and feeding disorders, speech-language pathologists and other professionals work as a team with families, caregivers, and patients.