Pediatric Therapy

Children's work is their play. Through play, infants through school age children discover the world around them. They learn though touch, movement, smell, vision, hearing and taste. How they put this knowledge together is important in their skill development, self concept, and self esteem.

Areas of Specialty:
  • Autism
  • Torticollis
  • Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing
  • Picky Eaters
  • Problem Feeders
  • Aural Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Sensory Integration
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Positional Plagiocephaly
  • Developmental Apraxia of Speech
  • Handwriting
  • Infant Massage
  • Cleft Palate
  • Reflex Integration
  • Premie Consultation
  • Toe-Walking
  • Wheelchair and Adaptive Equipment
  • Fluency
  • Kinesio Taping
  • Serial Casting for Lower Extremities

Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy Services (SPOTS) is the pediatric therapy program within St. Joseph's Hospital Rehabilitation Services.

SPOTS therapists work with children with special needs and their families, as well as with others who help to shape their lives. As therapists who specialize in pediatric care, we build relationships with each child and their family. In doing so, we strive to weave what we believe to be best practice into the fabric of each child's daily life. We help families understand why their child may have challenging behavior, low self-esteem, or difficulty with developmental skills. Using a secure and successful environment, we work with families to enhance their child's development and establish successful daily routines.

A team approach is proven to be the most effective way to help children and families. We encourage parents to be partners in the therapy planning process to build on the child's strengths and work with community resources to provide additional support and assistance.

Birth-to-Three Program   View more information.

We provide skilled therapy services to children under the age of three in their natural environment (homes, daycares) through the Birth-to-Three in Chippewa and Eau Claire County, and children of all ages at SPOTS on St. Joseph's Hospital campus when medical or community-based needs are not being met by other providers such as the school district.

To refer a child to Eau Claire County Birth-to-Three, call (715) 839-6216.
To refer a child to Chippewa County Birth-to-Three, call (715) 726-7907.
Find out more about the Birth-to-Three Program on the Wisconsin Department Health Services website.

Outpatient Therapy Services   View more information.

We provide skilled physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy services to children of all ages at our outpatient clinic on the campus of St. Joseph's Hospital.

To refer a child to our outpatient services, please call (715) 726-3447.

Developmental Clinic   View more information.

Wednesday mornings are reserved specifically for evaluations that can be used for diagnostics, monitoring yearly progress, accessing local services, individualize intensive in-home autism services, or initiating outpatient therapy services.

To make an appointment with our developmental clinic, call: (715) 726-3447.

Private Pay Groups   View more information.

We offer fun, engaging groups year-round for children with a variety of needs. Groups are structured and led by one of our therapists.

View a listing of classes.    Register now.

Hanen Program - It Takes Two to Talk   View more information.

The Hanen Program is a family-focused program for parents of young children who have language delays. It is based on years of research and addresses the need for early language intervention and the importance of parents' involvement in their children's intervention. It is a 10 week program run by a Hanen certified speech-language pathologist for parents of children who are:

  • Between the ages of birth and four years old
  • Late talkers and/or at risk for having language delays
  • Interested in learning how to best facilitate their child's language

The program includes:

  • An orientation session
  • Five small group sessions to teach parents the skills to improve their child's language delay
  • Four individual consultation visits with a speech therapist that utilize video feedback to provide a personalized approach to each family

Research has demonstrated that children whose mothers participated in the Hanen Program had accelerated vocabulary and language development.

To learn more about our Hanen Program, call (715) 726-3447.

Register now.

Parent Consultation Services   View more information.

We offer private parent consultation on a number of topics such as infant massage, PECS, baby sign language, fluency, behavior management, autism, and sensory regulation. Consultation can take place in your home, at your child's school, or at our clinic.

To learn more about our private parent consultation services, call (715) 726-3447.

 

GROUP CLASSES

We offer fun, engaging groups year-round for children with a variety of needs. Groups are structured and led by one of our therapists and are private pay only.

View a listing of classes.

Register now.

CERTIFICATIONS

   • Sensory Integration and
     Praxis Testing
   • Behavioral Intervention
     for Autism
   • Handwriting Without Tears
   • SOS Feeding
   • Beckman Oral Motor Intervention
     and Assessment

OUR THERAPISTS

Beth Meyer, PT
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Linda Benson, PT
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Nicole Davis, OTR
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Jennifer Dykes, OTR
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Melissa Haas, OTR
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Jennifer Williams, OTR
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Patty Marsnik, CCC-SLP
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Lindsay Pohlen, MS, CCC-SLP
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Mary O'Connell, MS, CCC-SLP
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Nicole McEvoy, MS, CCC-SLP
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Monique Collette, MS, CCC-SLP
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Melissa Kramer, CCC-SLP
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RESOURCES

Birth-to-Three Program

Children & Youth with Health Care Needs Resource Centers

Special Friends

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Communication Disorders Clinic

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Campus Autism Project

Wisconsin School Districts

GET DIRECTIONS

Find directions to SPOTS Pediatric Therapy facilities.

FOR MORE
INFORMATION

Send SPOTS an email.
Call (715) 726-3447

 

Pediatric Therapy