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Explore pediatric therapy at Root Pediatrics in Bozeman, MT. Tailored care for your child’s growth.

Root pediatrics

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Root Pediatrics stands as a beacon of comprehensive care, offering an integrative approach to occupational, physical, and speech therapy for children. Specializing in addressing an array of developmental concerns, the clinic operates on the principle that each child’s journey is unique and deserves personalized attention.

With a dedicated team of experts, they aim not only to alleviate immediate challenges but also to nurture a foundation for enduring growth and progress.

Root Pediatrics fosters a supportive environment where families find solace, guidance, and tailored interventions, ensuring that every child can thrive in their developmental journey.

What we treat.

"Empowering Young Lives, One Step at a Time."

At Root Pediatrics, we specialize in crafting personalized treatments designed specifically for your child’s unique needs within a comforting environment. Our individualized, one-on-one sessions allow us to focus entirely on your child’s well-being, delivering the highest quality of care.

Your Child Is Our #1 Priority

Our team at Root Pediatrics comprises specially trained therapists in the field of pediatric therapy. They skillfully integrate a diverse range of engaging and age-appropriate activities into therapy sessions, ensuring a fun and interactive experience for children. Our therapists are well-versed in being sensitive to the emotional, psychological, and physical needs of young ones, creating a nurturing and comforting environment that encourages growth and development during each session.

Feeding Difficulties

Feeding can be challenging for children. It's a complex process that involves all our organs, muscles, and senses. This complexity is coordinated by different parts of the brain, requiring a lot of effort.

If your child faces feeding difficulties, our pediatric occupational therapists at Root Pediatrics can help. We offer assessments, treatment, and strategies for at-home care. Our approaches consider the physical, psychosocial, and environmental aspects of eating. We focus on your child's strengths and work on sensory processing, oral motor skills, posture, fine motor skills, behavior, and creating an engaging eating environment.

In summary, feeding is intricate, and if you're struggling, our occupational therapists are here to assist your child in achieving their feeding goals. Don't miss our Parent Workshop for additional support and insights. For more information, visit our website to explore our OT programs.

Gross Motor Skills

Our pediatric physical therapists help babies and children reach their developmental checkpoints as they grow. Some of the gross motor milestones include rolling, crawling, sitting, standing, walking, jumping, climbing, and throwing.

Communication Difficulties

Speech therapists address a multitude of concerns related to your child’s speech and language skills by addressing expressive and receptive language skills (the ability to speak or hear what you are saying), working with stuttering and fluency disorders, and also helping with communication devices as needed. By assessing your child’s speech and language deficits, pediatric speech therapy can help your child with their language needs so that they are able to improve their written and verbal communication skills, among other things.

Speech therapy can also address:
● Hearing loss
● Neurological disorders
● Autism
● Auditory Processing disorders
● Swallowing/dysphagia
● Reading and spelling
● Other complex communication disorders/needs

Sensory Processing

If your child showing signs of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)? SPD, also known as sensory integration disorder, this can disrupt a child's daily routines and activities. It affects how they process sensory information and react to it. Sensitivities can involve various senses, like hearing, vision, touch, smell, and taste, and more.

When there's miscommunication in the sensory system, it can impact a child's development and independence. Some common observations associated with SPD are if your child has trouble focusing or sitting still, moves around a lot, or gets overwhelmed by their environment. SPD may manifest itself as:

  • Eating issues 
  • Resisting cuddling
  • Delayed motor skills, such as crawling, standing, walking, or
    running
  • Sensitivity or overreaction to stimulation, such as not liking certain
    noises, smells, or touches
  • Seeming clumsy or awkward
  • Craving rough-housing, tackling, or wrestling games
  • Seeming overly distracted in the classroom or when learning new tasks

Our Occupational Therapists can help! We assess sensitivities and work with your child and family to develop coping mechanisms and treatment plans. We use a play-based approach to create a safe environment for exposure to various stimuli, helping your child thrive.

Self-Care Skills

Children naturally strive for independence as they grow. Occupational therapists focus on self-care skills, known as activities of daily living (ADLs). These skills encompass tasks like brushing teeth, dressing, bathing, grooming, self-feeding, and toileting.

Key factors in developing self-care skills include executive functioning skills, fine motor skills, language, sensory processing, coordination, and motor planning. Children develop these skills at their own pace, and early intervention is vital if issues arise.

Milestones for self-care skills include:

6-12 months

  • Drinking from a cup
  • Holding a bottle or cup independently
  • Using tongue to move food around mouth
  • Feeding self small crackers or other small pieces of food

1-2 years

  • Settling themselves to sleep at night or during the day
  • Attempting to brush teeth
  • Removing own socks
  • Cooperating with dressing by extending an arm or leg

2-3 years

  • Using toilet with assistance and having daytime control
  • Attempting to manipulate large buttons
  • Distinguishing between urination and bowel movements, and names them
  • correctly
  • Using a napkin to wipe face and hands
  • Feeding self simple meals using a fork or spoon
  • Taking socks and shoes off

3-4 years

  • Unbuttoning and buttoning large buttons
  • Feeding self without difficulty
  • Tolerating different clothing textures, seams, tags etc
  • Toileting independently
  • Brushing teeth independently or with supervision only
  • Dressing and undressing self (only requiring assistance with laces, buttons, and
  • other fasteners in awkward places)

4-5 years

  • Choosing weather appropriate clothes
  • Dressing self independently
  • Attempting to bathe and groom with supervision only

5-6 years

  • Dressing independently
  • Able to manage morning and night time routine with supervision only
  • Settling independently for sleep
  • Able to manipulate more difficult fasteners and tie shoes

6-7 years

  • Showering or taking a bath independently
  • Independently toileting during the day and at night
  • Preparing simple meals (i.e. cereal)
  • Independent grooming (combing hair, brushing teeth, flossing)

7-8 years

  • Showering independently
  • Taking on more responsibilities (i.e. chores)
  • Preparing simple meals and helping with more complex meals (i.e. making a
  • sandwich, using the microwave, spreading condiments, pouring from a larger
  • container into a cup)
  • Interest in taking on more complex grooming tasks – nail cutting, tolerating hair
  • cuts, styling hair

Occupational therapists can help by establishing routines, improving fine motor skills, addressing sensory sensitivities, adapting tools, enhancing executive functioning, and providing caregiver training.

Root Pediatrics offers expert occupational therapy for children with self-care difficulties. We focus on making therapy engaging, age-appropriate, and evidence-based to support your child's development and independence.

Social Skills

Occupational therapists employ various strategies to enhance a child's social skills, including:

  1. Tailoring to Interests: Recognizing that play is not just fun but also a way to develop social skills, OTs incorporate a child's interests into activities. Adapting to the child's age and stage of play is crucial for a well-rounded social experience.
  2. Environment Assessment: OTs understand that a child's surroundings impact social development. They identify sensory challenges in different environments, such as noisy or crowded places, and offer strategies to help children cope effectively.
  3. Task Simplification: Some children struggle with understanding the progression of play and recognizing social cues. OTs break down tasks, providing guidance on expected behavior in social settings.
  4. Role Play: Role-playing offers practical examples of appropriate social behavior. OTs use this engaging method to teach essential concepts like boundaries, sharing, and introductions.
  5. Modeling: Adults play a significant role in children's social development. OTs collaborate with families to raise awareness of how their behavior influences their child's actions.

These strategies help children improve their social skills in a purposeful and enjoyable way.  

Functional Mobility

Pediatric physical therapy serves as an invaluable resource in enabling children to achieve their optimal mobility. Its focus lies in facilitating children to maneuver their bodies freely and effectively.

This therapeutic approach utilizes a range of aids like walkers, gait trainers, crutches, braces, orthotics, and wheelchairs, tailored to suit each child's unique needs. Through careful assessment and guidance, pediatric physical therapists adeptly select and customize assistive devices to empower children in attaining their utmost potential for independent movement.

By employing these tools and interventions, therapists ensure that every child receives personalized support, enabling them to navigate the world with confidence and autonomy.

Balance & Coordination

Balance and coordination training stands as a crucial intervention when addressing a child's frequent stumbling or clumsiness. When a child experiences repetitive falls or seems clumsy, therapists implement targeted strategies to enhance their coordination and equilibrium.

Through engaging and playful techniques like obstacle courses and structured play-based activities, therapists aim to challenge and refine the child's balance and coordination skills. These activities are meticulously designed to not only improve these motor skills but also to keep the child motivated and enthusiastic about their therapy sessions.

By integrating fun and purposeful exercises, therapists can effectively address the child's individualized goals while fostering a positive and enjoyable environment for skill development.

Strength

Pediatric physical therapy plays a pivotal role in addressing muscle weakness or low muscle tone in children, aiming to bolster their strength and stability essential for mastering gross motor skills. By targeting these specific muscular challenges, therapists work to enhance a child's ability to perform fundamental activities like walking, running, climbing stairs, getting up from the floor, and jumping.

Through tailored exercises and interventions, therapists systematically build strength and endurance, empowering children to navigate their physical environment with increased confidence and proficiency. This specialized therapy not only focuses on addressing muscle weaknesses but also cultivates the necessary foundation for children to achieve their developmental milestones in gross motor skills.

Flexibility & range of motion

Enhancing flexibility and expanding the range of motion stands as a vital component in facilitating easier and pain-free movement for children. This specialized intervention aims to alleviate discomfort and enable smoother mobility. It proves beneficial for various scenarios such as assisting a child who toe-walks, post-surgery recovery, managing symptoms arising from medical conditions, injury prevention, or rectifying improper movement patterns.

Through targeted exercises and therapeutic techniques, pediatric therapists endeavor to increase a child's flexibility and range of motion, thus fostering improved physical function and mitigating potential limitations. This approach not only aids in reducing pain but also promotes healthier movement patterns, enhancing a child's overall mobility and comfort in daily activities.

Gait Training

Gait training serves as a pivotal strategy in assisting children with standing and walking, particularly in circumstances following injury, illness, toe-walking tendencies, or when affected by neurological, genetic, or medical conditions impacting independent ambulation.

Our therapists employ this specialized training to address and improve a child's walking abilities. By employing various techniques and assistive devices, therapists facilitate the development of a more functional gait pattern while ensuring the child gains increased independence. This comprehensive approach aims to enhance a child's mobility, fostering their ability to stand and walk more confidently, enabling them to navigate their environment with greater ease and autonomy.

Foot Management

Pediatric foot management encompasses a specialized therapy tailored to address any foot or ankle-related concerns in children, catering to the needs highlighted by families or medical providers. Within this scope, therapists offer various services, including the creation of custom orthotics designed to provide optimal foot support.

Additionally, therapists may develop personalized night stretching splints to enhance ankle range of motion, provide gait training, and administer targeted strength training exercises. These interventions are meticulously crafted to address specific foot or ankle issues, aiming to optimize mobility, alleviate discomfort, and enhance overall foot health for children. Through a comprehensive approach encompassing custom-made aids and therapeutic exercises, pediatric foot management aids in promoting improved foot function and better overall movement for children.

Pediatric Orthopedic Concerns

If your child has broken their arm or leg, or gotten hurt playing a sport or on the playground at school, our therapists are here to help! By strengthening your child correctly, we can ensure that they can return to the activities they enjoy and decrease the likelihood of re-injuring themselves. We pride ourselves on understanding how a child’s growth and development are different from an adult, and treat each child according to what their body is capable of doing in that stage of their development.

Kezia is the absolute best physical therapist I have ever seen. She provides a nurturing and comfortable environment. This is the first time that I actually look forward to my appointment. I highly recommend Root Therapy, everyone is welcoming and you will leave satisfied with your overall experience.

– Lisa L.

“I have had a wonderful experience at Root Therapy and Wellness and have been recommending so many people to it! After a massive knee injury and surgery, these PTs and OTs have been complete game changers in my healing. They’ve helped my body release in ways my other PTs weren’t focusing on that have been instrumental in getting off a month of crutches, and healing things that have been bothering me for years (way before my knee injury). I’m so glad I found them and can utilize their wealth of knowledge as a major part of my healing team. Thanks Root Therapy + Wellness!!”

– Jessica C.

I’ve had consistent results and improvement over the 3 years attending therapy here. It’s the only therapy that has given me continued relief and improvement in my quality of life.

– Carol L.

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Rooted in Care.
Grown in Health.