Children's Intensive Therapy NW - Specialists in Habilitation and Rehabilitation


Children's Intensive Therapy NW is a RESULTS driven clinic that has one of the most extensive and respected
Physical Therapy Programs Specializing in
Habilitation and Rehabilitation services
in the Pacific Northwest.
With our 44 years of collective experience in
Pediatric Intensive Physical and Orthotic Suit Therapy
we are the clinic of choice.

Children with Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke or Neuro Muscular Disorders do not reach the preferred level of functional independence in traditional Physical Therapy. Even with years of therapy, a child with the potential to walk could still be confined to a wheelchair. When the neuro pathways that the brain uses to create motor control (body movement, balance awareness and speech) are inhibited or damaged before birth, through illness or injury after birth, body control is limited to the neurological level of the child’s brain. The therapies we use at CITNW uses the brain’s ability to create new neural pathways and develop function through repetition. This is known as neural plasticity. The brain is particularly easy to (RH)Habilitate or train through consistent and continuous repetition. This consistent and continuous repetition creates new neural pathways in the brain, giving the child function.

  "My daughter never made gains with her traditional one time per week physical therapy. I knew it was time for a change when the therapist told me that my daughter has no motivation and will never walk. Since coming to Children's Intensive Therapy NW the encouragement has been nothing but positive. Intensive therapy has given my daughter tremendous strength, stamina, and best of all the confidence that she can and will walk independently someday. Thank you Children's Intensive Therapy NW for giving us hope".
Colette Strawn

We will see any patient at any age

In addition to our Intensive Therapy Program, We also offer hourly, daily and weekly Therapy Sessions.

Suit Therapy: Creates a breathable orthotic. The Therasuit is to improve and change proprioception (pressure from the joints, ligaments, muscles), reduce patient's pathological reflexes, restore physiological muscle synergies (proper patterns of movement) and load the entire body with weight (process similar to a reaction of our muscles to the gravitational forces acting up us for 24 hours). All of the above normalizes afferent vestibulo-proprioceptive input (information arriving to the vestibular system). The vestibular system is a very important center. It processes, integrates and sends back all the information that arrives from muscles, joints, tendons etc. It influences muscle tone, balance and the position of the body in space. Suit therapy is typically done for 1-2 hours per day.

    Conditions We Treat
    Neurological disorders
    Cerebral Palsy, Cerebrovascular Accident
    Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury
    Brachial Plexus, Spina Bifida
    Orthopedic conditions
    Acute and chronic
    Muscle tone disorders
    Low muscle tone
    High muscle tone
    Spasticity and Dystonia
    Gross motor delay
    Unable to achieve gross motor milestone at appropriate age
    Down Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome Genetic and Chromosomal disorders /musculoskeletal problems
    Movement disorders
    Chorea, Athetosis, Ataxia
    Post-surgical and medical rehabilitation
    Osteotomies, muscle lengthening, Dorsal Rhizotomy
    Post-Botox, Post cochlear implant, Balance disorders, Oncology
    Near Drowning and Torticollis

    Specialized Services We Offer

    Chronic Pain issues:

    Pain treatment can be accomplished through physical therapy involves the treatment, healing, and prevention of injuries or disabilities. PT helps to relieve pain, promote healing, and restore function and movement.

    Craniosacral therapy or cranial osteopathy:
    Craniosacral therapy or cranial osteopathy is a skull massage technique used on infants or children to reduce the symptoms of cerebral palsy.

    Includes sessions with the Therasuit®, Exercise Cage, and Bunge cage.

    Myofascial release:
    Under the direction of John Barnes and Anatomy Trains. This is a gentle means of getting the muscle and surrounding tissues lengthened which increases flexibility and range of motion.
    Neuromuscular Electrical:
    Electrical stimulation therapies (TES, FES, or NMES) use very low levels of electrical current to trigger muscle contraction. These treatments are used to relieve symptoms of joint stiffness and muscle tightness (spasticity) and may be most helpful for a rapidly growing child.

    Threshold Electrical Stimulation (TES):
    Nighttime electrical stimulation designed for Cerebral Palsy patients that can increased muscle mass and strengthening
    Strengthen individual muscles/muscle groups. Cardiovascular endurance, Increased range of motion,    Balance, Agility, Coordination, Motor control, Pain reduction.
    Mobility / Gait Training:
    We provide therapies for rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, walking, use of walkers/assistive devices and Assistive device training. CIT also employs a overhead track GAIT system that helps simulates real walking. 
                                  Children’s Intensive Therapy Specializes in Changing Lives
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