Pediatric Therapy

Care and Compassion for Children

Children sometimes require special help as they grow and develop. The Bellevue Hospital’s pediatric rehabilitation program offers a variety of services to help children reach their maximum potential.

Our pediatric rehabilitation therapists provide specialized, comprehensive treatment for our young patients.

Treatment Methods


Physical Therapy

We work with children and their families to improve motor skills, control and strength so children can move safely and independently. Some reasons for pediatric physical therapy may include:

  • Struggles to physically keep up with or play with peers
  • Trouble walking straight or demonstrating other abnormal walking patterns
  • Not meeting developmental milestones such as turning head, rolling, sitting up or crawling
  • Pain or in-coordination with gross motor skills such as walking, jumping or skipping
  • Orthopedic injuries or conditions


Occupational Therapy

Pediatric occupational therapy is used to evaluate and treat issues with a child’s fine motor skills, visual perception, cognition and oral motor/feeding skills. Reasons for pediatric occupational therapy may include:

  • Difficulty manipulating toys or puzzles, using eating utensils, holding a pencil/crayon or cutting with scissors
  • Difficulty dressing and undressing self
  • Trouble with hand/eye coordination such as throwing and catching a ball
  • Upper extremity injury or condition


Speech Therapy

The goal of speech therapy is to improve a child’s speech, language, voice and fluency skills so that they can communicate more effectively. Some reasons for speech therapy may include:

  • Unable to be understood by individuals outside of the family
  • Not speaking as much as peers
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Difficulty communicating basic needs
  • Relying on gestures instead of speech
  • Difficulty with oral motor skills and swallowing


If you are concerned about your child’s development, ask your primary care provider about a referral to The Bellevue Hospital’s pediatric rehabilitation program. Our team will develop a treatment plan tailored to your child. Our rehabilitation department has a dedicated space for pediatric patients that includes a large play gym and two private treatment rooms.


For more information:

Rehabilitation Services                         
102 Commerce Park Drive, Ste. A
Bellevue, OH 44811
419.483.4040, Ext. 4279