Occupational Therapy DoodleAt Emerge Pediatric Therapy, our Infant Development Team consists of highly qualified Occupational and Physical Therapists who have extensive training and expertise in working with infants. Our therapists are equipped with the tools to help support infants reach their early developmental milestones. Infants may receive occupational or physical therapy at Emerge to address delayed early developmental milestones (such as rolling, sitting upright, or crawling), torticollis and/or plagiocephaly, feeding difficulties, parent/child bond, and more. Emerge offers a variety of programs for infants including one-on-one sessions, consultative services, infant massage training, and parent workshops.

Your baby loves to learn from you! Our occupational and physical therapists help you to maximize your interactions and support your baby’s developing brain and body. The first few months of life are critical for establishing a baby’s foundation in development that will help them to grow for years to come. Infants may receive occupational or physical therapy at Emerge to promote typical developmental milestones, address delayed developmental milestones (such as rolling, sitting upright, or crawling), treat torticollis and/or plagiocephaly, assess difficulties with feeding (including breastfeeding, bottle feeding and purees), support a healthy parent/child bond, and more. We value empowering parents in their role and enjoy helping parents to feel confident in caring for their little one.

Your infant may benefit from Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy services if…

  • You want to support your baby’s healthy development!
  • You’re looking for guidance on positioning to support body, head and facial symmetry 
  • Quality sleep is a challenge for you or your baby
  • Tummy time is a struggle
  • Your baby is having trouble with feeding or weight gain
  • You are having difficulty with breastfeeding or baby latching onto a bottle
  • You want to improve communication with your baby, and get support to interpret stress signs
  • You’re interested in learned sensory-based soothing strategies
  • You want to expand your ideas for fun, multi-sensory play
  • Your baby spent time in the NICU or special care nursery
  • Your baby is at-risk due to any of the following: premature birth, birth trauma, diagnoses of torticollis, plagiocephaly, brachiocephaly, colic, developmental delay, failure to thrive, or others

Click out the information below to learn about the different infant therapeutic services Emerge has to offer!  If you are not sure what you need or want, fill out our Initial Inquiry form (the red “Get Started” button on this page will take you there) or give us a call to speak with a therapist.

Individual Therapy

Individual Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Feeding Therapy provide one-on-one support in meeting developmental milestones including fine motor, gross motor, feeding, regulation and more.

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Individual therapy sessions are led by our occupational or physical therapists. Sessions can be in-person or virtual through our telehealth platform. Complete an inquiry form and we will be in touch to determine which therapist is the best fit for your infant’s needs. Your infant may be appropriate for individual therapy sessions if he/she is delayed in gross motor milestones such as sitting, crawling, or walking or fine motor skills including bringing hands to midline, pinching small objects and using two hands to push and pull. Our feeding specialist can address difficulties with breastfeeding, bottle feeding, transitioning to purees and to solids. Research shows that participation in therapy early on in a child’s life can improve development long term and achievement of age appropriate milestones. If you have questions about your infant’s development, don’t wait! Give us a call today to see if individual therapy may be right for your family.

Infant Massage

In this 5-session program, parents/caregivers will receive direct instruction in infant massage strokes and the associated benefits. Infant massage programs are offered in a variety of formats depending on the need.  

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The program can be run in-person or virtually; on a individual basis or in a group.  Complete an inquiry form to contact us and discover what is available. Infant massage begins early in life, but the benefits for both caregivers and babies last a lifetime! Connecting with other parents and caregivers of infants also provides an invaluable support system for your baby’s early life.  In the program you will also have access to consult with an occupational therapist about concerns on an individual basis, if needed.  In addition to unlocking the lifelong benefits of infant massage, parents/caregivers will also have the opportunity to participate in discussion and share strategies related to relevant topics, for example: sleep troubles, balance stress as a new parent, time management, play skills, developmental milestones, communication, and overall health and wellness.

 

Consultation Packages

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