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Pediatric Therapy

As a parent, you want the best for your children and you want to see them grow up to be successful adults with a successful and fulfilling life. At Bryan, we understand that an injury or challenge, either from illness, injury or a condition presented at birth, is unique and requires special care.

We appreciate and acknowledge your interests and goals and incorporate them into your child’s treatment plan through appropriate activities and games to maximize their success. It is important to us that they are able to return to school or work and have the life skills training they need to return to their community, friends and family.

Our Areas of Specialty Include:

  • Developmental disabilities
  • Neurological or chromosomal impairments
  • Torticollis
  • Autism/PDD
  • Speech
  • Risks for delays due to prematurity
  • Brain injuries
  • Feeding
  • Sensory dysfunction
  • Visual perceptual impairment

Pediatric Physical Therapy

Your child's physical therapist evaluates and treats:
  • Developmental motor abilities
  • Strength
  • Range of motion
  • Tone
  • Lower extremity abnormalities

Developmental therapy works on helping your child achieve age-appropriate motor skills. Assessing lower extremity abnormalities consists of treatment and appropriate referral for bracing as needed.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Your child's occupational therapist evaluates and treats:
  • Developmental impairments
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Neuromuscular impairments
  • Sensory impairments
Treatment may include motor and/or sensory activities, visual/perceptual activities and parent education and home program activities. Your child's therapist also can complete car seat fittings for children with special needs, address handwriting deficits, and complete splinting and or casting after specific treatments or therapies. 

Pediatric Speech Therapy

Your speech language pathologist evaluates and treats:
  • Speech
  • Language
  • 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.

Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Services:

If your child experiences an injury or illness that requires inpatient rehabilitation, we provide:

  • Thorough intensive therapy
  • Interdisciplinary treatment
  • Weekly treatment meetings to discuss your child's progress
  • 24-7 rehabilitation nursing care
  • Advanced technology to enhance treatment in addition to hands-on care
  • Immediate access to a broad range of medical services and physician specialties, often allowing your child to receive specialty care while remaining on the rehab unit and limiting interruptions to therapy and recovery
  • Technology allowing you and your child to stay connected to family and friends while you are away from home
  • Comfortable and spacious rooms and amenities

Bryan inpatient rehabilitation is accredited by the Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Schedule an Appointment Today

Bryan Medical Center Pediatric Rehabilitation: 
To schedule or confirm an appointment, call 402-481-3316

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Julie McDaniel, speech pathologist

Julie McDaniel, MS, CCC-SLP, received her bachelor’s degree in education and master's degree in speech and language pathology from the University of Nebraska. Since graduating she has worked in skilled nursing, acute care and outpatient pediatrics, including working with alternative and augmentative communication devices and children with autism. She also has worked in acute rehab with stroke and traumatic brain injury patients, and helping those with swallowing and speech difficulties, and memory and cognitive deficits. Her work passions include working with premature infants and children with swallowing disorders and feeding tolerance issues.

Provides therapy at: Bryan East Campus

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Kindra Fox, occupational therapist

Kindra Fox, OTD, OTR/L, received her bachelor's degree in biology with emphasis in wildlife and fisheries from South Dakota State University. She then worked in the wildlife and fisheries field for several years before earning her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Creighton University. Kindra has a passion for working with children from birth to 18 years and has spent most of her OT career working with a variety of diagnoses in outpatient pediatrics and school settings. In addition to working with children she has spent some time working with adults in the skilled nursing setting. Kindra has earned her Level 1 certification from Handwriting Without Tears and has training in Therapeutic Listening.

Provides therapy at: Bryan East Campus

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Stacey Anderson, occupational therapist

Stacey Anderson, OTR/L, CPST, received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She has been part of the Bryan team since 2011. Stacey has worked with adults and children in a variety of settings and brings extensive pediatric experience to our team. She has worked with children as on the pediatric unit, the pediatric ICU and the neonatal intensive care unit. In her outpatient practice Stacey has treated children from birth to the early teen years with a variety of diagnoses. She uses many treatment methods including water therapy, and is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician specializing in safety restraints for special needs children.

Provides therapy at: Bryan East Campus

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Brandy Escamilla, physical therapist

Brandy Escamilla, PT, DPT, received a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Nebraska Wesleyan University and her doctorate degree in physical therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has spent the majority of her career working with pediatric patients. Her passion is working with children from birth to 18 years old and their families to maximize their function in a fun and meaningful way, no matter what their diagnosis. Prior to joining the therapy team at Bryan she practiced at a pediatric therapy clinic in Lincoln called Leaps and Bounds, which she co-owned for 7 years prior to its closing. She is excited to have the opportunity to meet your child’s individual needs.

Provides therapy at: Bryan East Campus

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NaTosha Siemek, physical therapist

NaTosha Siemek, PT, DPT, received a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a doctorate of physical therapy degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Since graduating she has worked primarily in outpatient pediatrics. NaTosha has been a member of the Nebraska National Guard since 2002, and spends time outside of the therapy world completing training as a Guard soldier. NaTosha is excited to join the Bryan Medical Center rehabilitation team to help her patients and their families reach their functional goals ¬ and promote wellness and health no matter the diagnosis.

Provides therapy at: Bryan West Campus

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Ashley Yates, speech language pathologist

Ashley Yates, MS, CCC-SLP/L, received her bachelor's degree in business administration and master's degree in speech and language pathology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has worked in a variety of settings including school-based early intervention, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. Ashley has helped pediatric and adult patients regain skills for speech, language, cognition, augmentative and alternative communication, and feeding/swallowing. She has attended many feeding and swallowing courses to enhance her clinical skills for working with pediatric patients with feeding and swallowing diagnoses and premature infants. Ashley is a Certified Vital Stim provider and has been trained in the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding. She also has taught feeding and swallowing courses to graduate students and other professionals.

Provides therapy at: Bryan East Campus


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