In-Home & Clinical Care
Reach Pediatric Therapy strives to provide high quality Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy to our patients in all settings. By offering our services in both the Home Health and Clinical environments we offer maximum flexibility to determine the best option and maximize outcomes for your child.
If Home Health Therapy is the best option we are able to provide these services to our young patients in their home, a caregiver’s home, a daycare or a Head Start/school setting. Providing services in the child’s natural environment has many potential benefits.
If Clinic Care is the right choice, we have three locations in Houston and the greater Houston area to provide services for patients who may need a more structured clinical environment to achieve optimum growth and progress.
Home Health vs. Clinic
Your child’s primary health provider will work together with Reach’s therapists to help determine if Home Health or Clinic Care is the best setting for physical, occupational and/or speech therapy for your child. We encourage the family to work with their therapist on the right location for therapy, whether at home or in the clinic, and allow that to determine the child’s therapy plan. However, sometimes having family limitations such as young siblings, challenging school schedules and transportation difficulties may lead to the home environment as the best solution. If the needs of the child change or the family decides to choose a service location for therapy, Reach can support a transition into the clinic setting.
Regardless of place of service our therapists will work with the most important member of your child’s healthcare team…YOU! Our parents and caregivers are integral partners in helping our patients achieve the highest level of skill and healthcare outcomes. Your child’s progress in therapy will be discussed with you during or after each therapy appointment. You will be given ideas to follow through with the progress made in therapy that you can implement in your own home. This facilitates the “carry over” of the skills learned in speech, occupational or physical therapy.
PEDIATRIC THERAPY – HOME – Many families feel home is the right location for services in the following instances:
- Your child has a complex medical condition requiring nursing care
- Medical fragility
- Your child has a compromised immune system
- Child is very young
- Medical equipment needs and/or difficulty transporting medical equipment
- Transportation limitations
- Your child does not react well to other children or higher levels of stimulation
Services at home may help your child feel more relaxed and at ease which can be very beneficial for some types of therapy. For example, a baby at home learning to eat or become more mobile may be able to tolerate more challenges during their therapy session if they are allowed to continue their daily routines in a familiar place. In addition, the therapist has the benefit of seeing the child in the environment they need to function in. As an example, a child who uses a wheelchair could get the therapists help in developing skills to transfer in and out of his/her bed. Small changes in a situation like this can make a big difference when using the right bed height, door opening, and furniture placement.
The home environment may be the best option for a child when there are young siblings, challenging school schedules and transportation difficulties. If the needs of the child change or the family decides to choose a service location for therapy, Reach can support a transition into the clinic setting.
PEDIATRIC THERAPY – CLINIC – A child may be better served in our Clinic setting if they are in need of a more specialized environment, specialized equipment or a consolidated therapy schedule between multiple therapy types. We have three outpatient locations in Houston and the greater Houston area. The pediatric clinics offer specialized equipment that cannot be taken into a Home Health setting such as Therasuit and other specialized equipment to meet a child’s sensory needs. This would also include Aquatic Therapy. Children seem to benefit from Clinic Therapy in the following instances:
- Child may be a little older (about 2 – 3 years) and need a more physical environment
- Your child needs the structure a therapist can put in place in the clinic setting
- Your child needs to have multiple therapies on the same schedule day
- There are no home distractions so your child can better focus on therapy
- Your child seems to need a bigger challenge in therapy to make more progress
- Home space doesn’t allow for the needed equipment to enhance therapy treatment
- Your child and caregiver benefit from the social aspect of similar peers
The clinics are designed and equipped to optimize therapy time and create a higher level of challenge for your child. When entering a Reach Therapy Clinic, it is easy to see how much thought we have put into creating a wonderful therapeutic environment. There are many different spaces throughout the clinics to fit exactly what the therapist requires to work with your child. They include:
The sensory gym is a space where children can explore different sensations that challenge their sensory system. Vestibular and proprioception are key parts of sensory activities and the gym is equipped with swings, huge therapy balls, ball pit, and zip lines to either fill the child’s need for this input or gradually increase the amount of movement they can tolerate. In addition to pure sensory therapy, these same activities are used to help children gain strength, balance, coordination and confidence to move through the world like their peers.
The PT gym is a space that often has many mirrors, floor mats, weights, therapy balls, and perhaps parallel bars or stairs. Physical therapists have the added benefit of using this equipment to help your child increase their strength and mobility. Especially as a child gets older or space in the home might be limited, the use of the gym can assist the therapist to increase how hard a child is working during certain activities.
Aquatic therapy is available at our central location and has numerous therapeutic benefits. The heat of the water at 90 degrees assists in relaxing muscles and improving circulation. Water creates a weightless effect that allows you to move and exercise muscle groups that are weakened or working less efficiently in order to gradually gain strength. Balance and stability are also affected in an aquatic environment. The water can help hold the body up and assist the therapist to increase control to facilitate movement. At the same time, using floats or other objects can challenge balance and increase the demand for strength.
Some children may just need a quieter space to work and concentrate. We have many individual treatment rooms set up with Speech and Occupational therapy activities to help improve fine motor or speech concerns.
For many of our families, the outpatient clinic becomes a second family. They get to know other families and see familiar therapists who are there to help their child. Many children seem to make friends easily at the clinic when this can often be challenging for them in other environments. In addition, the clinic provides families a chance to interact with other people who understand their challenges and provide support and encouragement.
What our parents have to say…
“Reach provides a fun, safe environment for kids to learn and master lifelong skills. Occupational therapy has helped my child improve hand-eye coordination and motor skills. Julian’s therapist has done an excellent job on helping him improve his quality of life.” (Julian’s mother)
“I really love that the therapists include my personal goals for my son into his therapy goals. They work not just on fulfilling standardized tests but also to make home life easier.”