Rehab Services for Kids
Occupational Therapist Alyssa Lucas, MS, OTR/L, celebrates with a patient after success on St. Luke’s in-house pediatric climbing wall.
How physical, occupational and speech therapists work together to help kids at St. Luke’s in Duluth
“Seeing your child struggle can be really stressful,” said St. Luke’s Occupational Therapist (OT) and Certified Lactation Counselor Alyssa Lucas, MS, OTR/L. “That’s where our team comes alongside families to help.”
Alyssa is part of St. Luke’s Pediatric Rehab team. This group of occupational, physical and speech therapists works with children, from newborns to 18-year-olds, to overcome their struggles and live more confidently.
“We are a close team and work really well together,” said Alyssa. “We put a family’s needs first and figure out the best ways to get their child all the services they can benefit from.
In addition to seeing families in the clinic, they often assist with coordinating outside resources. This can include things like getting equipment at home or working with teachers and schools.
As an OT, Alyssa helps with emotional regulation and sensory processing, as well as fine and gross motor skills. As a Certified Lactation Counselor, she works with fellow Certified Lactation Counselor and St. Luke’s Speech Therapist Haley Day, MA, CCC-SLP. Together they help caregivers and babies with breastfeeding, bottle feeding and transitions to solids.
St. Luke’s Physical Therapist Dani Edin, DPT, works to promote a child’s functional mobility. This can range from assisting with infant repositioning for head symmetry to a toddler taking their first steps to helping a teenager after a sports injury.
Physical Therapist Dani Edin, DPT, loves helping little ones be the best they can be.
She also serves pediatric patients who have higher complexity conditions. “The best part of my job, by far, is seeing the kids’ reaction when they accomplish something for the first time, and then seeing the caregivers’ reaction,” she said.
No matter the age or the challenge, St. Luke’s Pediatric Rehab team helps kids participate by keeping it fun. “We do a lot of play-based activities,” said Alyssa. “Not a lot of people say they have rock climbing walls and swings in their offices, but we do!”
Dani loves that play is part of her job. She also finds a lot of fulfillment in helping kids be their best. “Being a pediatric physical therapist is an extremely rewarding career,” said Dani. “I get to laugh, be silly and play games daily while helping little ones conquer the world.”