WesleyCare Child Therapy Program in Wichita
Wesley Healthcare is proud to offer a wide range of therapies to pediatric patients who have a variety of needs. Our WesleyCare Child Therapy team members at Wesley Children's Hospital include audiologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists. Our goal is to help each child reach his or her full potential.
For more information, or to make an appointment for outpatient pediatric therapy services, please call (316) 962-8025.
Your doctor may have told you that your child has a specific medical condition, injury or disability requiring rehabilitation therapy. Or, you may simply feel your child is not progressing normally.
The WesleyCare Child Therapy team can help determine if your child may benefit from therapy. We will evaluate your child and create an individual treatment program designed to meet his or her needs.
Wesley considers parents and caregivers key members of the team, and we will teach you how to extend your child's therapy to the home environment.
Our pediatric therapists can help with the following:
- Orthopedic injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Nerve or muscle disorders
- Brain injury or disease
- Physical impairments
- Developmental delays
- Hearing impairment
- Speech and language disorders
- Swallowing or feeding disorders
- Other conditions
Pediatric occupational therapy
Occupational therapists help children develop skills for everyday living. These skills include eye-hand coordination, visual-motor skills, eating, dressing, writing and upper extremity strength and coordination tasks to improve functional activity.
Pediatric speech therapy
Wesley’s pediatric speech-language pathologists are trained to help children develop pre-language skills and improve language comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation of words. They also help children who have difficulty eating or swallowing.
Hearing loss can be caused by a variety of factors, ranging from ear infections to birth abnormalities. Audiologists help evaluate hearing loss and develop a plan for meeting the child’s individual needs.
Pediatric therapy appointments
Your doctor will need to refer you to WesleyCare Child Therapy. A prescription signed by your doctor is required. Families should call their insurance company to assist with determining their insurance benefits. For more information about the clinic, please call (316) 962-8025.
Pediatric pet therapy
Provided by Wesley's child life specialists, pet therapy is an opportunity to provide normalization and socialization for pediatric patients and their families in the hospital. A group of volunteers visits the pediatric units with their canine and equestrian friends.
- Dog therapy is offered Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. in the pediatric unit. Dog therapy is certified through Therapy Dog International (TDI).
- Miniature horse therapy is offered every other Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the lobby of Wesley Children's Hospital.
Per our policy, therapy dogs must be TDI-certified and must go through our volunteer process at Wesley before they are able to visit our patients. This includes a background check and health screening. You too can become a volunteer.
Pediatric music therapy
Wesley's pediatric music therapy program uses evidence-based musical interventions to help accomplish individual patient goals. The program is provided at no cost to families through a partnership with Jordan Lumley, MTBC, a board-certified music therapist.
A hospitalization can cause stress and anxiety for patients and families. It also provides a limited control of a child's environment, in which surroundings can sometimes be intimidating and scary. Music therapy services help a child cope with the hospital environment by expressing emotions in an engaging, non-threatening way and giving back some control over their treatment.
Music therapy should be consulted when:
- A patient is experiencing anxiety or not coping well with hospitalization or a diagnosis
- A patient is experiencing emotional trauma
- A patient is enduring excessive pain and needs alternative management
- A patient has a negative prognosis and is near end-of-life
- Patients and families are experiencing grief
- Patients are in need of appropriate developmental stimulation
- Patients need an appropriate emotional outlet
- To ease pain and anxiety during procedures
- Patients have a limited support system
Music therapy can:
- Assist in pain management
- Elevate mood and counteract depression
- Promote physical movement
- Provide support and distraction during medical procedures
- Help calm and promote sleep
- Counteract fear and anxiety
- Decrease muscle tension and encourage relaxation
- Build emotional intimacy between family members
Music therapy takes place in Wesley Children's Hospital and is sponsored by Wesley Children's Foundation. For more information about Wesley's music therapy program, please call (316) 962-8369 or email Wesley's music therapy program.