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Child Development

The child development program at Wesley includes audiologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech pathologists who help children with special needs reach their full potential. Each child is evaluated and an individual treatment program is designed to meet the child's specific needs.

Our experienced team of medical professionals understands treatment options can be difficult on a family, and we are here to help you and your family make healthy, informed decisions to help your child grow. We believe parents or primary caregivers are key members of the child development team, and teach parents to extend the child's therapy to the home environment.

Your doctor may have told you about your child’s specific delay or disability, or you may simply feel your child is not progressing normally. In either case, Wesley's child development program can help determine whether your child could benefit from therapy.

Specialty services include:

  • ABR testing without sedation
  • Acute and outpatient trauma rehab
  • Autism therapy
  • Cerebral palsy management
  • Feeding and swallowing evaluation
  • Gait training
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Orthotics management
  • Orthopedic and sports rehab
  • Speech and language evaluation
  • Upper extremity splinting
  • Voice disorder treatment

Pediatric occupational therapists

Occupational therapists help children develop skills for everyday living. These include eye-hand coordination, visual-motor skills, feeding, dressing, writing and other fine motor skills.

Speech therapists and language pathologists

Wesley's pediatric speech and language pathologists are trained to help children develop pre-language skills, language comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. They also help children who have difficulty eating or swallowing.

Physical therapists

Pediatric physical therapists help children develop or relearn movement skills, including walking, balancing, coordination and strength.


Hearing loss can be caused by a variety of factors, ranging from ear infections to birth defects. Audiologists help evaluate hearing loss and develop a plan for meeting the child's individual needs. They may work with your doctor if medical care is needed, or fit the child for a hearing aid.

How do I make an appointment?

Your doctor will need to refer you to Wesley's child development program. Once the referral is received, call Wesley Occupational Therapy at (316) 962-8025 to make an appointment.