Pediatric Therapy in a Family Oriented + Child Friendly Center
We are proud to offer a pediatric therapy program with a team of experts that is dedicated to helping infants, toddlers and adolescents meet life, prepared for success.
The Rancho Bernardo clinic provides pediatric and adolescent outpatient therapy in a family oriented, child-friendly environment. Our services include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, ABA therapy (applied behavior analysis), feeding therapy and diagnostic evaluations. Our knowledgeable and compassionate therapists incorporate various treatments to help children reach their milestones with confidence. With a collaborative approach to therapeutic and support services we use evidence-based practices to ensure the highest quality outcomes for children.
Our team combines the expertise of psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and educational specialists to comprehensively evaluate and diagnose a wide range of developmental disorders
ADHD Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder
Learning Disabilities: Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia
Mental Health Disorders: Anxiety, Depression
Our approach to pediatric therapy is centered around the family. We work with both your child + your family to help your child overcome obstacles for success at home, at school, and in the community. At our Rancho Bernardo clinic, you can expect true coordination of care between all of your child’s therapy providers with a variety of pediatric therapy services — all under one roof. Our multispecialty team of talented Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), registered behavioral technicians (RBTs), speech-language pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists (OTs) and physical therapists (PTs) develop individualized, evidence-based, and family-centric treatment plans to support your child + family.
What is ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)?
ABA is a therapy based on the science of learning and behavior.
How Does ABA Therapy Work?
ABA helps us understand behavior, learning, and how a child’s environment affects both. It aims to increase helpful behaviors and decrease behaviors that are harmful or that affect learning. Clinical oversight and supervision is provided by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. People with ASD often have problems with social communication and interaction, and restricted or repetitive behaviors or interests. People with ASD may also have different ways of learning, moving, or paying attention.
Which Therapy is Right for My Child?
Autism is a complex diagnosis. Our board certified and state-licensed clinicians have extensive training in assessing the individual needs of a child. Our multidisciplinary approach helps identify what’s best for your child and family.
ABA Therapy Can Include:
• 1:1 intensive ABA individualized for all needs + abilities
• Small group instruction with peers
• Pre-K prep steeped in functional communication
• Social + functional living skills: supplementary support with life skills such as self-care, socialization, money management, job prep, household maintenance, and more)
Developing and enhancing communication techniques through verbal language, sign language, or language through assistive technology, speech therapy can help your child effectively interact with family and friends. It can also address the function of facial muscles and structures necessary for speech, feeding, and swallowing.
Speech Therapy Can Include:
• Expressive language/Receptive language
• Auditory processing disorders
• Articulation + phonological processes
• Late talkers, preschool language disorders
• Augmentative + alternative communication
• Childhood apraxia of speech + dysarthria
• Selective mutism
• Pragmatic language disabilities + social skills
• Orofacial myofunctional disorders
Occupational therapy helps children improve sensory, cognitive, physical or motor skills in addition to addressing social, psychological or environmental factors that may affect a child’s development. Occupational therapy focuses on helping children become independent with daily activities such as playing, eating, dressing, practicing handwriting, or maintaining balance.
Occupational therapy can include:
• Pre-writing skills
• Cognitive skills
• Sensory integration
• Fine motor skills (grasping a toy or pencil)
• Balance + coordination
• Assessing or adjusting equipment
• Visual motor skills
• Daily routines (bathing, dressing, brushing teeth)
• Feeding techniques
• Oral motor coordination
The pediatric physical therapists at HealthPRO Pediatrics provide compassionate care to the children + their families. They develop individualized treatments plans to help children gains strength, flexibility, increase range of motion and improve overall movement so that children can complete daily activities with success. Physical therapists identity, diagnose + treat movement impairments to improve quality of life for children of all ages + abilities. Our Physical Therapists can assess and provide treatment in the following areas:
- Gross motor skill progression
- Coordination + motor control
- Balance + posture control
- Strength + endurance
- Gait training + mobility
- Torticollis + plagiocephaly
- Pain management
- Posture + positioning
- Range of motion
- Seating, equipment + orthotic consultation
Individual feeding treatment is typically provided on a weekly basis by an occupational therapist or a speech language pathologist. The goal of treatment is to address the individual goals of the child as well as to support families, provide resources + help parents / care-givers establish an effective home-based program since feeding disorders often deveople from a combination of medical/physiological, developmental, behavioral, and psychosocial factors, our trained feeding therapists have experience working with children with a variety of medical diagnosis (i.e. gerd, FTT, cardiac, pulmonary, cleft palate/lip), breastfeeding concerns, oral motor delays, sensory-based feeding disorders and other contributing factors that may need to be supported during therapy intervention.
A referral for a Feeding Evaluation is recommended if…
- Food range of less than 20 foods, especially if foods are being lost over time with no new foods incorporated
- Typically require more than 30 minutes to complete meals
- Demonstrate stress, anxiety, or noncompliance during meals
- Difficulties with chewing and swallowing
- Negative mealtime experiences (i.e. meals are not enjoyable and feel like a battle)
- Aversion or avoidance of all foods in specific texture, colors, smells, or food group
- Gag, retch or vomit before/during/after meals
- Delays transition to baby food and/or solid foods
- Exhibit frequent upper respiratory problems (illness, coughing, congestion)
- Steadily lose weight, struggle to gain weight, or below growth curve for their age
These evaluations are conducted through use of a specialized battery of instruments designed to thoroughly investigate symptoms and behaviors characteristic of ASD. In conjunction with evaluations of intellectual functioning and adaptive skills, our multi-disciplinary team [Psychologist, OT, PT, SLP] utilizes these diagnostic tools:
- Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2)
- Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R)
- Social Responsiveness Scale, Second Edition (SRS-2)
- Childhood Autism Rating Scale, Second Edition (CARS- 2)
Get Started with HealthPRO Pediatrics in Rancho Bernardo!
Our highly skilled, compassionate clinicians are dedicated to helping your child reach his or her highest level of independence.
To make an appointment or learn more about our services, complete our inquiry form or contact us at (858) 673-5437.
Building Community Through Opportunities + Inclusion
We want everything for your child too! We understand that every child has unique needs and it is our mission to provide your child with the opportunity to learn and grow in a supportive environment. Our team of pediatric specialists have a higher calling and are dedicated to helping children become more independent with daily activities and to reach their developmental milestones, setting them up for success. We believe that success for children and families mean success for our communities as well. We are proud to serve your family at our Rancho Bernardo Clinic.
Visit our Rancho Bernardo Clinic
Rancho Bernardo Clinic
11838 Bernardo Plaza Ct #110
San Diego, CA
Phone: (858) 673-5437
Fax: (858) 673-5434