UCHealth Children’s Therapy Services - Fort Collins

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Hours
Monday: 7:30am – 6:15pm
Tuesday: 7:30am – 6:15pm
Wednesday: 7:30am – 6:15pm
Thursday: 7:30am – 6:15pm
Friday: 7:30am – 4pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Your team
Ellie Lemmon, MS, OTR/L
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Rehabilitation Therapy - Occupational Therapy

Kathryn Ewert, OTR/L
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Rehabilitation Therapy - Occupational Therapy

Jennifer Fudge, MA, CCC-SLP
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Rehabilitation Therapy - Speech Therapy

Jill Chambers, MOT, OTR/L
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Rehabilitation Therapy - Occupational Therapy

Carol Reilly, MA, MPT
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Rehabilitation Therapy - Physical Therapy

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A family-centered therapy approach

At UCHealth Children’s Therapy Services, we provide family-centered therapy programs to meet your family and your child’s needs. Each child’s success depends on caregiver involvement. Therapy does not stop when your child leaves the clinic but continues at home.

Conditions we treat

We provide care for many conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Articulation/phonological disorders
  • Apraxia of speech/motor speech disorders
  • Auditory processing disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Balance and coordination impairments
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cleft palate/cleft lip
  • Concussion/brain injury
  • Developmental delay
  • Down syndrome
  • Executive function disorders
  • Failure to thrive
  • Feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Fine and gross motor difficulties
  • Gait disorders
  • Genetic disorders
  • Hearing impairment
  • Infant development
  • Language disorders
  • Limb differences
  • Modified Barium Swallow Study
  • Neurological disorders
  • Nonverbal communication/AAC
  • Ocular motor deficits
  • Orthopedic disorders
  • Pain management
  • Psychosocial skills
  • Torticollis and plagiocephaly
  • Vestibular disorders

Specialty programs and services

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Our Developmental Care team includes OT, PTs, and SLPs that are part of the UCHealth NICU/Special Care Nursery team at Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Greeley Hospital, and Long’s Peak Hospital. Our team is dedicated to providing the best developmental care to premature and medically fragile infants through individualized care.

Developmental follow-up visits

If your child has been cared for in a NICU setting or if your child requires ongoing assessment of infant development, a therapist from our developmental care team (OT, PT, SLP) will follow up with you and provide ongoing therapies as needed.

Feeding Team

Our interdisciplinary feeding team can provide individual or group therapy. Our team of experts can evaluate and treat:

  • Child’s diet
  • Behavioral management
  • Feeding aversion
  • Oral motor skill development
  • Poor weight gain
  • Transitioning from tube to oral feeds
Pediatric Modified Barium Swallow Studies – MBSS

Children’s Therapy Services can complete modified barium swallow studies for appropriate patients at Poudre Valley Hospital.

  • Patients less than 6 months should be concurrently referred for a clinical feeding assessment at CTS with Speech Pathology or Occupational Therapy, to be completed prior to scheduling swallow study.
  • Patients should be referred to, or involved in feeding therapy prior to and post swallow study.

Scheduling line: 970-495-8284. Please leave message and staff will contact family for more information/scheduling

  • Patients age 6 months to 5 years will be scheduled through Children’s Therapy Services.
  • Patients age 6 years and over will be scheduled through radiology. Please contact 970-495-8666
Multidisciplinary Cleft Care Clinic

We understand that learning your baby has a cleft lip or palate can be very difficult. Rest assured that our entire team of specially trained and experienced cleft specialists is here for you.

Located in the Children’s Therapy Services office just south of Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, the Cleft Clinic is made up of over 13 team members dedicated to caring for these unique patients. The nationally recognized team was established in 1997.

Children born with cleft lip and/or palate are often followed through to adulthood by their cleft team. In addition to regular appointments, such as speech therapy, the children typically come to the Cleft Clinic for an annual appointment, where they see all their specialists in one visit. The team assesses their development and addresses any ongoing needs. The timing of different interventions can thus be properly and optimally coordinated.

The UCHealth Cleft Clinic of Northern Colorado is registered with the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association.

Questions?

For more information or to ask questions about cleft lip and palate, call the PVH cleft palate team coordinator at 970.495.8780.

Integrative Autism Assessment Clinic

The Integrative Autism Assessment Clinic provides autism testing, diagnosis, and care planning.

Early diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ensures your child receives the services he or she needs to thrive. One in 68 children are on the autism spectrum, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Diagnosing can start as early as two years old. Areas of concern may include:

  • Echolalia
  • Not responding to his/her name
  • Poor eye contact
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Speech and language disorder
  • Unusual sensory interests
  • Upset by minor changes in routine

(Note that these areas of concern are not exclusive indicators of ASD, and people without ASD may display some of these symptoms as well.)

Questions and answers

  • How do I get my child evaluated? Contact your child’s primary care doctor for a referral. Please fax the referral to 970.495.8799. Once we receive the referral, we will contact you to schedule an appointment.
    • Note that some insurances will require authorization prior to services.
    • Our clinic receives several referrals daily, so please allow one week for us to process your request.
  • My child is scheduled for an evaluation. What can I expect? Our office requires that you complete a questionnaire prior to services. Also, we will conduct a parental interview, so be prepared to provide childcare during this time. We perform multidisciplinary ASD testing, and provide same-day results.
Rehabilitation clinic

This comprehensive rehabilitation clinic is led by a physical medicine and rehabilitation physicianfrom Children’s Hospital Colorado to support patients with conditions including but not limited to:

  • Movement and developmental disorders
  • Neurodevelopment conditions (cerebral palsy, muscle disorders)
  • Neurologic disorders (concussion, TBI, seizure disorders)
Concussion team

Our team of occupational, speech, and physical therapists work with your physician to determine the problems your child has with their concussion.

We treat the physical, emotional, cognitive/thinking, and sleep issues that come with a concussion to help your child safely return to doing their typical daily activities.

Group therapy

We provide a variety of interdisciplinary group therapy options to treat our children amongst their peers. We offer:

  • AAC (Assistive, Augmentative, Alternative Communication) groups
  • Movement groups
  • Preschool groups
  • Social skills groups
Psychological, behavioral, cognitive and social therapy

Our program provides services for children, adolescents and young adults who are having difficulties with daily functions.

Services provided by Poudre Valley Hospital.

Our team

Our therapists are licensed and certified, and many have special training for specific areas. They use play-based therapy to evaluate and treat your child.

Your child’s therapy team may include:

Music therapists

The music therapist leads groups, using musical activities to focus on arm and leg strength, coordination and balance and/or to work with hands, learn body awareness, practice speech and social skills.

Occupational therapists and COTAs

Our OTs provide services related to fine motor impairment, emotional and behavioral concerns, hypersensitivities, self-care activities, feeding, executive functioning skills, and mental health.

Physical therapists

Our PTs help children who have problems moving and performing other physical activities. They treat injuries, pre-existing conditions and problems caused by illnesses or diseases. Additionally, our PTs recommend medical equipment as well as provide treatment for neurological and orthopedic disorders.

Registered dietitian/nutritionist

Our RDN provides individual counseling for infants, toddlers, and children relating to nutritional needs such as, but not limited to, failure to thrive, feeding problems, picky eaters, food allergies and nutritional needs/deficits related to medical disabilities.

Speech-language pathologists

Our SLPs provide services related to speech (articulation, phonology and apraxia of speech) and language disorders. Our SLPs also work to improve feeding disorders, social communication, and non-verbal communication.