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Pediatric Therapy

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Areas of Specialty Include:

  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Neurological or Chromosomal Impairments
  • Torticollis
  • Autism/PDD
  • Risks for delays due to prematurity
  • Brain Injuries
  • Other diagnoses (ie: ADHD, behavioral diagnoses)
  • Feeding
  • Positioning
  • Sensory Dysfunction
  • Visual perceptual impairment
  • Handwriting

Pediatric Physical Therapy

A physical therapist provides evaluation and treatment of developmental motor abilities, strength, range of motion, tone, and lower extremity abnormalities.  Developmental therapy works on helping children gain developmental motor milestones and work toward becoming age appropriate.  Assessment of lower extremity abnormalities consists of treatment and appropriate referral for bracing as needed.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy

An occupational therapist provides evaluation and treatment of developmental, cognitive,  neuromuscular and sensory impairments.  A comprehensive evaluation is completed based on the child’s needs.  Treatment may consist of motor and or sensory activities, visual perceptual activities, parent education and home program activities. In addition the therapist is able to complete car seat fittings for children with special needs, address handwriting deficits, complete splinting and or casting post botox injections or for constraint induced movement therapy. 

Pediatric Speech Therapy:

A speech language pathologist provides evaluation and treatment of speech, language, and swallowing abilities. Speech assessment and treatment consists of articulation, phonological development, fluency, and motor control of speech musculature. Language therapy addresses both receptive and expressive components by either utilizing verbalizations, use of signs or augmented and alternative communication systems.  Swallowing therapy may address oral motor development, strength and coordination as well as feeding or texture intolerance, diet advancement and impairments in both the oral and pharyngeal phases of the swallowing mechanism.


Julie McDaniel, MS, CCC-SLP

Julie obtained her BS in education and MS in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska.  Since graduating she has worked in a variety of settings including skilled nursing, acute care and outpatient pediatrics which included working with alternative and augmentative communication devices and children with autism. She has also worked in acute rehab with stroke and traumatic brain injuries, assisting these patients with swallowing difficulties, speech issues as well as memory and cognitive deficits.  Her work passions include working with neonates and children with swallowing disorders and feeding tolerance issues.  She also has skill and interest in working with both outpatient adults and children who have fluency and voice issues. Julie states, “Every patient and family has their own unique story.  I believe it is important to build upon their past experiences and knowledge to create a therapeutic environment that is individualized to each specific patient. I enjoy using toys, music, books or whatever it takes to provide patients with the incentives and motivation so they can achieve their goals and have a little fun at the same time. Often times it can be challenging and frustrating as we work towards acquiring new skills or returning skills that were lost and it is my job to provide my patients with the resources and strategies in order to achieve these skills. In working with both pediatrics and adults we are not just working with the patient, but believe that it is equally important to provide support, education, and training to their parents and family as well and I strongly encourage parents and family members play a very active role in therapy process.”

When not working with clients, Julie loves raising her 3 daughters and is a huge Husker fan. She also enjoys outdoor activities, kick boxing, scrapbooking and taking pictures.

Stacey Anderson, OTR/L, CPST

Stacey obtained her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in St.  Louis.  She has been a therapist for 12 years and has been part of the Bryan team since 2011. During her 12 year career Stacey has worked with adults and children in a variety of settings.  She brings extensive pediatric experience to our team and has worked with children as in-patents on the pediatric unit, the pediatric ICU and the Neonatal ICU.   In her outpatient practice Stacey has treated children from birth to the early teen years with a variety of diagnosis.  She has used numerous treatment interventions including aquatic therapy and is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician specializing in safety restraints for special need children. Her passion has always been for the pediatric population. She enjoys working with all kinds of pediatric diagnoses including: neuromuscular, developmental, feeding, and sensory. 

When not at work she enjoys spending time outdoors with her 7 year old son

Barb Wagner, MS, DPT

Barb received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Doane College where she played basketball and then went on to graduate from Creighton University with a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in 1998.  Since graduating she has worked with children of all ages in various settings including the school system, home health, and in an outpatient setting. Barb has been at Bryan Medical Center for the past 6 years.  She currently splits her time between the Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation unit at Bryan West and the outpatient pediatric area on the East Campus and consults in the NICU and the pediatric floor at Bryan East. Barb believes not only in facilitating treatment with children, but also working closely with families to help their children reach their full potential.

Outside of work, Barb enjoys spending time with her husband and keeping up with her 3 children and their activities.

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