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Blythedale is proud to offer medically fragile patients the services of New York State’s largest hospital-based pediatric therapy department, including physical, occupational , speech and respiratory therapy. Every therapist is state-certified and most have many years of experience in treating children with a wide variety of complex diagnoses and injuries. Blythedale’s physical, occupational and speech therapy departments also provide out-sourcing to school districts in the greater metropolitan region to provide therapeutic services to students.

Physical Therapy
Blythedale’s physical therapy department provides therapeutic evaluations, screening and services to help restore function, improve ability, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Treatment plans often include exercise for patients who have been immobilized and lack flexibility, strength, or endurance. In addition, pediatric physical therapists promote development of normal components of movement and gross motor skills.

Augmentative therapies provided by Blythedale’s physical therapy department include treatment and consultation in orthopedics, neuromuscular disorders, developmental delay and sports medicine, aquatic therapy, lower extremity orthotic fabrication, and durable medical equipment recommendations.

Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy at Blythedale helps patients build skills needed to accomplish meaningful activities, or occupations, that are part of daily living—from brushing teeth and using feeding utensils, to holding a paintbrush and typing on a computer. Occupational therapists use these everyday activities therapeutically to develop, improve, or restore independence in children who have an injury, illness, disability or other dysfunction.

The Hospital’s staff of 30 occupational therapists provide evaluation, treatment and consultation in areas such as cognitive-adaptive skills, developmental skills, daily living skills, equipment services, gross and fine motor coordination, orthotics and prosthetic training, perceptual-motor skills, rehabilitation technology and computer access, sensory-motor integration, therapeutic feeding, upper extremity skills, and wheelchair mobility skills

Speech Therapy and Pathology
Blythedale’s pediatric speech therapy department provides therapeutic evaluations and interventions for patients with feeding, communication and information processing issues. The Hospital’s speech therapists often employ assistive technology and augmentive communication devices to help children reach their developmental goals and take steps towards more independent lives.

Respiratory Therapy
Blythedale has a staff of 18 full-time pediatric respiratory therapists to provide services to inpatients and Day Hospital patients. Our therapists evaluate, treat, care, and provide consultation for infants, children and adolescents with breathing and other cardiopulmonary disorders as part of the Hospital’s multi-disciplinary clinical team. Areas of the department’s expertise include pulmonary rehabilitation, ventilator management, nebulizer treatment and caregiver training.

In collaboration with our pulmonology department, the respiratory therapy department successfully weaned more than 90 percent of ventilator patients, who were placed on protocol for at least 12 hours per day. The department has also been a multi-year recipient of the American Association of Respiratory Care’s "Quality Respiratory Care Recognition,” which is awarded to less than 10 percent of hospitals nationwide.

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