Pediatric Rehabilitation Services

At the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, our highly-trained professional clinicians and specialists provide pediatric outpatient therapy services.
Pediatric outpatient rehabilitation services include: Physical, Occupational and Speech and Language Therapies and Audiology.
Our pediatric physical therapists use play activities to engage children in a fun and relaxing environment and help them achieve their highest functional level.
In Physical Therapy (PT), we will work to improve your child’s: 

  • Motor development
  • Range of motion
  • Strength
  • Balance
  • Endurance
  • Coordination
  • Tone
In Occupational Therapy (OT), we will work to improve your child’s:
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as dressing, feeding and grooming
  • Sensory processing
  • Hand strength
  • Fine motor coordination
  • Handwriting skills
  • Play skills
In Speech and Language Therapy, we will work with your child to improve:
  • Receptive/expressive language
  • Oral motor skills
  • Articulation/phonological errors
  • Apraxia
  • Dysarthria
  • Stuttering
  • Auditory processing disorders
  • Voice disorders
  • Dysphagia
  • Behavioral/sensory feeding difficulties
Treatment does not only focus on oral-motor problems, but also on developing skills designed to change the behavior that interferes with normal communication so that a child may communicate at an age-appropriate level.
Our Audiology services include:
  • Tympanometry
  • Acoustic reflex testing
  • Otoacoustic emissions (OAE) testing
  • Sedated and natural sleep auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing
  • Pure tone audiometry
  • Conditioned play audiometry
  • Visual reinforcement audiometry
  • Hearing aid services including bone anchored hearing aids
Common reasons why a child may need a hearing test include:
  • Speech delay
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Not responding to his/her name
  • Poor academic performance
  • Failed hearing screenings
  • Family history of hearing loss

We treat such conditions as birth injury or defects, gross and fine motor delay, difficulty walking, low tone, torticollis, autism, Erb’s palsy, Down syndrome, sensory integration dysfunction, neurological impairment, and more.

For more information about Saint Peter’s pediatric physical rehabilitation services or to make an appointment, call 732.745.8570. A physician’s prescription or a physician referral may be required

Bonnie Sanders

Bonnie Saunders, PT, MPA, DPT
Manager of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
Saint Peter’s University Hospital

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