Child Development Program

Child Development Program

(316) 962-8025

The Child Development Program provides therapy for children who have a variety of special needs. Team members include audiologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech/language pathologists. Their goal is to help each child reach his or her full potential. Each child is evaluated and an individual treatment program is designed to meet the child's needs.

The parents or primary caregivers are considered key members of the team. They are taught how to extend the child's therapy to the home environment.

Your doctor may have told you that your child has a 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.

Some diagnoses the team can help with:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Nerve or muscle disorders
  • Brain injury or disease
  • Physical impairments
  • Sports injuries
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Developmental delays
  • Hearing impairment
  • Speech/language disorders
  • Swallowing or feeding disorders

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/language pathologists

Wesley's pediatric speech/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 the Wesley's Child Development Program. Once the referral is received, call Wesley Occupational Therapy at (316) 962-8025 to make an appointment.