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Nicklaus Children's Dan Marino Outpatient Center

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Pediatric Therapy

The Nicklaus Children's Dan Marino Outpatient Center team serves children in need of rehabilitation due to neuro-developmental deficits, autism and related disabilities, neuromuscular and muscular skeletal diagnoses, as well as congenital disabilities.

Aquatic Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Speech/Language Pathology Therapy
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Verbal Behavior Therapy
Music and Movement Therapy
S.M.I.L.E. Structured Multimodal Interactive Language Enrichment

Aquatic Therapy and Swimming Instruction Programs

Aquatic Therapy Aquatic Therapy utilizes the properties of water coupled with traditional therapy techniques to provide comprehensive intervention. Aquatic Therapy is used as a medium to treat children on a one on one basis and is designed specifically for the child's individual needs. Aquatic Therapy may compliment existing Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy services, or it may be provided as the sole means of therapy. Swimming lessons are also offered. Teaching plans are individualized and all children, including infants and children with special needs, will be able to learn from our team of highly trained instructors. For more information, please click here. (PDF)

Occupational Therapy

Pediatric Occupational Therapists (OT) provide evaluations and treatments utilizing therapeutic exercises, sensory integration, and motor control strategies to assist children in learning how to self regulate their attention and arousal, develop fine motor coordination, age appropriate play and everyday living skills such as: interpersonal interactions, feeding, dressing and grooming. In addition, our OTs also provide hand/upper extremity therapy and splinting services.
Physical Therapy

Pediatric Physical Therapists (PT) provide evaluations (including specialized adaptive equipment evaluations) and treatments with basic gross mobility skills, neuro-developmental techniques, balance, coordination, motor control and orthotic management. PT intervention also includes pre/post Botox­® treatments, kinesio-taping, electrical simulation, and/or sensory motor approach in order for each child to perform age appropriate gross motor skills and function within their home and school.
Speech/Language Pathology Therapy

Speech/Language Pathologists (SLP) provide evaluations and treatments to assist children in learning to listen, follow instructions, and functionally communicate their wants, needs, and feelings appropriately. SLPs treat children with poor verbal communication skills, voice disorders, developmental delays, hearing impairments and auditory processing disorders. Our team also provdes feeding and swallowing evaluations and treatments for children with feeding difficulties, feeding tubes, as well as with a diagnosis of failure to thrive.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Verbal Behavior Therapy

This program is designed for children 21 years and younger with a diagnosis of developmental delay and mild to severe maladaptive behaviors; behavioral assessments, behavior reduction programs, and verbal behavior programs are developed and implemented by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA); caregivers are involved in all aspects of assessment and treatment; behavioral services will primarily be provided at the Nicklaus Children's Dan Marino Outpatient Center; community-based services may be provided as well. Benefits of the program include: decrease/eliminate behavior problems; increase/acquire functional replacement skills such as imitation, requesting, motor skills, cooperation, social interactions; increased compliance. For more information, please call (954) 385-6274.
Music and Movement Therapy

A 10-week Saturday Group Program for children of all ages, this program promotes positive social skills, improved motor and cognitive skills, and increased attention span and memory skills. Therapeutic sessions will include musical games, physical activities, playing various instruments and singing.  To reserve space in the program, a non-refundable deposit is required prior to the first session.


Dan Marino Center - S.M.I.L.E. Structured Multimodal Interactive Language Enrichment

Two groups twice weekly from 8:30AM-12:00PM, Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. A language based preschool program designed to provide children ages 2 to 3 years old with a stimulating and interactive way to develop language skills in a specially customized therapeutic social environment. Highlights of the program include experience in the areas of peer interaction, language/cognitive stimulation, gross/fine motor and social skills. Sessions are limited to six children to one Speech-Language Pathologist and a rehabilitation aide. If you know a child who could benefit from S.M.I.L.E., please call Megan Joyce at (954) 385-6285.


For more information on any of our therapy programs, or to make an appointment, please contact the Nicklaus Children's Dan Marino Outpatient Center at 954-385-6200.

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Monthly Community Outreach Programs
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Pediatric Neuroscience Program
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