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Welcome to Rock Valley Pediatrics!

Rock Valley Pediatrics offers an inter-disciplinary clinical approach specializing in infant and child development. We offer PT, OT, and SLP services to bridge the gap in pediatric development and care to assist patients as young as a couple of days through 21 years old achieve their goals. At Rock Valley, we are “Making Better Lives,” consistently striving to provide a collaborative approach between the patient, their family, and their entire health care team. Our clinicians are held to a high standard, constantly attending and completing continuing education courses to ensure patients are provided the latest, evidence-based practices for your child.

Any child who experiences trouble functioning in his or her daily life will benefit from a consultation. We offer free developmental screens by all three disciplines without requiring a physician referral. For children, there is a large variety of challenges experienced including, but not limited to, delays in movement, behavioral challenges, delays in speech and language skills, and picky eating. For children with complex medical needs, we coordinate adaptive equipment, bracing, and other mobility device provisions with our local assistive technology practitioners and orthotists.

Pediatrics Physical Therapy:

Our motto in pediatric therapy is “The Earlier, The Better!” because we believe in addressing developmental delays as early as we can! We find that if delays are addressed as soon as they are identified, it prevents those kiddos from falling behind on the next set of milestones. Our current marketing campaign, “Birth to Five – Watch Me Thrive!” is working to help the infants and children in our community meet their goals and achieve their milestones as early as possible! Please see our Upcoming Events tab for the exciting opportunities we are offering our community’s infants and children and their parents!

Any child receiving AEA services may still qualify for outpatient therapy. We work with the AEA to meet developmental and other goals of your child. In fact, children who receive both services often have a better chance at obtaining ideal outcomes with more opportunity to work on the skills challenging him/her. 

Some of the common medical diagnoses that we see include, but are not limited to:

  • Torticollis
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Diastasis Recti (often seen in infants and toddlers who experienced an umbilical hernia)
  • Early Developmental Delays (in rolling, crawling, walking, etc.)
  • General Developmental Delays (including balance, coordination, and strength)
  • Gait Abnormalities
    • Toe Walkers
    • Frequent trippers/fallers
    • In-toers and Out-toers
  • Orthopedics including: fractures, soft tissues, sports-related, growth plate issues (Calcaneal Apophysitis, Osgood Schlatter’s, etc.)
  • Developmental Delays associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Hypotonia (“Floppy Baby Syndrome”)
  • Ehlers Danlos Syndrome ( and other Hypermobility Disorders)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida
  • In Utero Strokes and other causes of Hemiplegia
  • Scoliosis
  • Constipation and other pelvic floor dysfunction/Core weakness
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Down Syndrome
  • Poor posture
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Concussion
  • Amputations
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Pediatric Occupational Therapy:

Pediatric occupational therapy is designed to help children meet there developmental goals through daily occupations. The primary occupations or jobs of infants, toddlers, and young children are playing, learning, and interacting with caregivers and, eventually, their peers. Occupational therapists address developmental milestones such as (but not limited to), facilitating movement to sit, crawl, or walk independently; learning to pay attention and follow simple instructions; developing the ability to eat, drink, wash, and dress independently; learning to cope with disappointment or failure; reducing extraneous environmental stimuli (Sensory Processing Deficits), such as noise for a child who is easily distracted. As well as address turn taking skills, sharing and playing with peers; using toys and materials in both traditional and creative ways; and participating in age appropriate daily routines. Referenced from  

Some of the common medical diagnoses that we see include, but are not limited to:

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy

Pediatric Speech Therapy:

Pediatric speech and language therapy focuses on three main domains: speech sound production, language use, and social language (pragmatics). Speech sound production is an individual’s ability to clearly produce phonemes (individual sounds) that make up spoken words. Language use refers to a child’s ability to both understand the words of others as well as their ability to use words to effectively communicate their wants and needs. Social language development begins at birth. Social language (pragmatics) includes skills such as: body language, facial expressions, gestures, eye contact, communicative intentions, and discourse-topic maintenance. While the majority of the patients we see for pediatric speech and language therapy are preschool age and up, we have a growing number of young patients aged 15-24 months who are seeking early intervention services. We believe that children benefit from early intervention speech services to decrease the likelihood of the patient falling further behind in age appropriate milestones.

Some of the common diagnoses we work with include, but are not limited to:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech
    • Difficulty motor planning for oral movement and speech
  • Phonological Disorder
    • Difficulty producing speech sounds characterized by decreased intelligibility, unusual articulation errors, and common patterns of speech errors.
  • Articulation Disorder
    • Difficulty with production of certain speech sounds (ie: r, th, f, s, etc.).
  • Expressive Language Delay
    • Minimal use of words
  • Receptive Language Delay
    • Difficulty understanding words/verbal directions of others
  • Mixed Receptive-Expressive Language Delay
    • Difficulty with both use of words and understanding of others language