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Gastrointestinal Disease and Disorders

There are a large number and variety of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders diagnosed in children. Diagnoses can include Short Gut Syndrome, Gastroschesis, GERD/GER, and Malrotation. Children with these diagnoses often must undergo extensive, and often multiple, surgeries and procedures and can be on long term medication. Due to the systemic nature of these diagnoses, children are often at risk for developmental delay due to long term hospitalizations, feeding difficulties, and sensory processing disorders.
The primary goal of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy for these children is to assist with the development of age-appropriate gross and fine motor skills, to progress patient to taking full feeds by mouth, to provide intervention for any underlying sensory processing difficulties, and to educate caregivers on providing patient with opportunities to grow and develop to their best potential within their given environment. Patients with GI disorders are seen for both inpatient and outpatient therapy.


PT Treatment

  • Gross motor skills
  • Strength and Endurance

OT Treatment

  • Oral Motor/Feeding skills
  • Sensory Processing
  • Fine/Visual motor skills


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