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Occupational Therapy

Pediatric Services' occupational therapists are licensed professionals in helping children develop the skills needed for participation in their daily activities of play and self help. Heartspring occupational therapists work closely with parents, families, physicians and other specialists to help children achieve and gain a higher level of independence. Occupational therapists concentrate on areas of development such as visual motor, fine motor coordination, bilateral coordination, functional usage of hands, general play skills, handwriting, creative solutions for activities of daily living (e.g., dressing, eating) and sensory processing. Early treatment is imperative to helping children become confident in their abilities and helping them achieve their highest level of success.


Children Served (FY16)

Our occupational therapy services include assistance for:

  • Visual Motor and Fine Motor Skills
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Sensory Processing Skills
  • Play and Leisure skills
  • Handwriting

Specific treatment approaches implemented in an occupational therapy session may include:

  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Sensory Processing
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Hand Splinting


Of children demonstrated gains upon their six month re-evaluation appointment.


Of children's therapy goals were achieved by their six month re-evaluation appointment.

Physical Therapy

Pediatric Services’ physical therapists are licensed professionals who specialize in gross motor skills. They work with children who have conditions affecting motor function and movement. Heartspring physical therapists work closely with parents, families, physicians and other specialists to address deficits in the following areas: strength, range of motion, endurance, balance, coordination and motor control in order to improve a child’s independence, functional mobility, posture and safety. Physical therapists at Heartspring provide treatment to enhance quality of life by improving independent, functional mobility and allowing children to explore their environment more effectively.


Children Served (FY16)

Our physical therapy services include assistance for:

  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Gait Training
  • Torticollis and Plagiocephaly (Tight Neck Muscle and Abnormal Head Shape)
  • Aquatics
  • Wheelchair, Seating and Equipment
  • Orthotics

Specific treatment tools implemented in physical therapy sessions could include:

  • Partial Body-Weight Treadmill Training
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Physiotools Exercise Programs
  • Gait trainers, Kaye Walkers, Tripod Canes for Gait Training
  • Virtual Reality and Biofeedback- Wii Gaming System with Balance Board and Xbox with Kinect
  • NDT (Neuro-Developmental Treatment)
  • Orthotic Assessment, Casting and Fitting
  • Protokinetics Movement Analysis Software For Gait Analysis
  • Strength Training
  • Endurance Training
  • Wheelchair and Equipment Management
  • Myofascial Release (MFR)
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Neuromuscular Electronic Stimulation (NMES)
  • Wheelchair and Seating Clinic in Conjunction with Children’s Mercy Hospitals, Kansas City, Mo.


Of children demonstrated gains upon their discharge appointment.


Of children's therapy goals were achieved by their discharge appointment.

Speech Therapy

Pediatric Services’ speech-language pathologists are licensed professionals in working with children who have communication deficits. They are trained to work with verbal and non-verbal children, using verbal language, sign language and alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) systems as appropriate. They address deficits of articulation, receptive and expressive language, fluency, voice and oral motor skills. Our therapists also provide treatment for children who have difficulty eating and swallowing. Heartspring speech-language pathologists focus on early diagnosis and intervention for each child served. Therapists work together with parents, families, physicians and other specialists, in order to improve outcomes and intervention success.


Children Served (FY16)

Our speech therapy services include assistance for:

  • Articulation and Speech Sound Disorders
  • Receptive and Expressive Language Deficits
  • Language Learning Deficits
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Stuttering
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Oral Motor / Feeding Difficulties
  • Social/Pragmatic Language Deficits

Specific treatment approaches implemented in speech therapy sessions could include:

  • Auditory Verbal Therapy
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • Buffalo Model
  • Earobics
  • Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices and Systems


Of children demonstrated gains upon their discharge appointment.


Of children's therapy goals were achieved by their discharge appointment.


The Diane Ellis Pediatric Hearing Clinic is a full-range audiology facility offering specialized audiological services to the pediatric population. Services include newborn and pediatric hearing screenings, audiological evaluations, comprehensive central auditory processing evaluations, the fitting and programming of hearing aids and aural rehabilitation/speech and language therapy for children with hearing loss. Heartspring offers cochlear implant mapping with coordinated aural rehabilitation for children dependent upon listening technology to maximize spoken language outcomes. Interagency communication and interaction with local school districts is considered an integral part of the services provided by the clinic. The clinic also provides the My Listening EARS: Early Reading and Access to Spoken Language program for children ages two to four who use hearing aids or cochlear implants. Heartspring offers financial assistance to help cover the cost of therapy, assistive listening technology and FM systems in order to make services affordable to families that qualify. The Diane Ellis Pediatric Hearing Clinic strives to maximize the auditory potential of each child in order to develop independent communication and interact fully and safely within the community.

Our speech therapy services include assistance for:

  • Hearing Evaluations
  • Pure-Tone Testing
  • Tympanometry
  • Video Otoscopy
  • Hearing Aid Evaluations
  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Swim/Noise Plugs
  • Cochlear Implant Mapping
  • Auditory Processing


Children Served (FY16)


Of children receiving speech therapy/audiology services demonstrated gains on a standardized assessment from intake to one year of therapeutic intervention.

Heartspring’s audiology staff:


Pediatric Services’ psychology staff are licensed professionals offering a full range of psychological services. These include objective assessment, intervention recommendations and goal-oriented, evidence-based individual and family therapy including cognitive-behavioral and exposure therapy. The primary focus is on children and childhood disorders. However, parents and caregivers are an integral part of assisting with changing the child’s circumstances and, therefore, are included in the programming. The psychology staff are skilled in the treatment of a variety of childhood behavioral and emotional disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, intellectual disability, anxiety disorders, affective disorders, learning disorders, trichotillomania, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette’s disorder and challenging behaviors.

Our psychology services include assistance for:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Toileting and Constipation Issues
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Sleep Issues
  • Feeding and Eating Concerns
  • Family Therapy and Parent Training
  • Medical Compliance and Adjustment
  • Education Assessment
  • ADHD Assessment and Treatment


Children Served (FY16)

Heartspring’s psychology staff:

Karla Hartlep

Marriage and Family Therapist

Haley York



To complete your registration you will need a username and password. This ensures that your data is secure, and it also allows you to save and return at a later time. Once you complete your registration information, a Heartspring Service Coordinator will be in contact with you to discuss scheduling options. Please feel free to contact us with specific questions. A physician order will be required prior to your initial evaluation to oversee your therapy interventions. Most therapies require an authorization for weekly therapy. Heartspring will obtain these documents for you but may require your assistance to ensure documentation from your primary care physician is received in a timely manner.

Please have the following information available when completing your registration to ensure you can thoroughly complete the information: employer information, insurance information, physician contact information, specialty physician contact information, child’s developmental history.



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