Pediatric Services

Aptus has a been serving the Rio Grande Valley since 1996, offering children high quality care in the areas of physical, occupational and speech therapy. 


Speech Therapy

Our special training and innovative techniques give us a definite edge in the treatment of speech and language pathologies. Our staff of speech pathologists has over 45 years of combined experience. They've been trained in the latest therapy techniques including PROMPT (touch therapy), MORE, NDT, Sensory Integration, and Beckman Oral-Motor Theory.

We treat: 
  • Aphasia / Apraxia

  • Cleft palate

  • Dysarthria / Dysphagia

  • Language disorders / Language of confusion

  • Language of generalized intellectual impairment

  • Delayed language development / Voice Disorders

  • Articulation & Phonological disorders / Stuttering

  • Hearing impairment

  • Cognitive linguistic disorders

  • Swallowing & feeding disorders

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Laryngectomy

  • Assistive communication technology

  • Oral motor

  • VitalStim

Our speech pathologists are accustomed to caring for patients in all age groups, from the youngest children to the oldest adults.


Listed below are only a few of the conditions that we treat:

  • Language disorders

  • Hearing impairments

  • Swallowing and feeding disorders

  • Feeding aversions

  • Cognitive linguistic disorders

  • Vestibular rehabilitation (primarily for vertigo)

  • Orthopedic injuries (muscle, bone, joint, or tendon)

  • Neurological disorders

  • Pain

  • Obesity in children

  • Sports injuries

  • Sensory integration disorders

  • ADHD

  • Developmental delays

  • Autism

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Stroke

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Spina Bifida


Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy isn't only about work. Our techniques and treatments use purposeful activities to overcome physical, mental, and emotional delays in children and adults that can interfere with daily functions.

Our innovative programs include:
  • Sensory integration

  • Modified play therapy

  • Listening therapy

  • Neurological development training

  • Activities of daily living adaptations

  • Upper extremity function

  • Positioning, seating, assistive technology instruction

  • Attention and behavior modulation therapy

  • Customized splinting

  • Aquatic Therapy

We work with many children who suffer from ADD, ADHD, and autism. Our results have been excellent.


Physical Therapy

Our goal is to work closely with your referring doctor to develop a specific individualized program aimed at helping you reach maximum movement and daily function.


We have had outstanding success in:
  • Vestibular rehabilitation

  • Orthopedic (muscle, bone, joint, tendon)

  • Neurological disorders

  • Pain management

  • Gait training

  • Functional testing

  • Therapeutic exercise and plyometrics

  • Sports injuries (school athletes, weekend warriors)

  • Aquatic Therapy

We also provide a number of other specialized treatments and innovative physical therapy techniques including for common problems such as back and neck pain, shoulder and knee problems and arthritis. In fact, no matter what kind of physical therapy you need, you are apt to find it here.


Universal Exercise Unit

The Universal Exercise Unit is a system of pulleys, straps, and splints that are utilized to perform a variety of exercises. The unique grid-like cage along with the pulleys, straps, and splints helps to improve strength, active range of motion, and muscle flexibility. With this system, a therapist can isolate any muscle group and target it. In this situation, the muscle tone (usually increased) does not influence the movement. This allows muscle groups to counteract the spastic muscle. The effects of this type of exercise are reflected in functional gains. Quality of gait, balance, and coordination of movements increases rapidly.


  • Pediatric patients

  • Post-trauma

  • Central Nervous System disorders

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Geriatric population

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Sports injuries

  • Orthopedic patients

  • Vestibular disorders

  • Sensory Integration Disturbances

  • Burns

  • Fractures-early stages in rehabilitation

  • Down Syndrome

  • Spina Bifida

  • Developmental delays

Goals of exercises:

  • To counteract (prevent) muscle atrophies

  • To increase muscle strength

  • To increase active and passive range of motion

  • To improve muscle flexibility

  • To prevent joint contractures


  • Increase strength

  • Increase range of motion (active and passive range of motion)

  • Isolate desired (weakened) muscle or muscle groups and strengthen them to enable function

  • Eliminate gravitational forces acting on the body to facilitate weak muscle groups and active movement

  • Obtain measurable gains in muscle strength and flexibility

  • Improve balance

  • Improve coordination

  • Focus on a particular functional skill

  • Promote developmental milestones

  • Facilitate upright position in any position

  • Partial or full weight-bearing

  • Very early postoperative rehabilitation

  • Promotes motor learning and motor planning

  • Provides a variety of sensory-integration techniques

  • Helps one to also develop a sense of security and success

  • Load or unload the exercised joints (joint distraction or compression)

  • Promotes independence and overall improved physical image-self confidence


TheraSuit Therapy

APTUS is one of few clinics in the United States to offer TheraSuit Therapy. This European approach to therapy offers innovative techniques. Intensive TheraSuit Therapy for patients can have results and improvements that are achieved in less time than traditional therapy.

What is a TheraSuit?

In 2002, physical therapists and parents of a disabled child, (Richard and Izabela Koscielny) designed the Therasuit. The TheraSuit is an actual suit consisting of a cap, vest, shorts, knee pads, and shoe attachments. All of these elements of the suit are connected by a group of elastic bands producing proprioception from the joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, joint capsules, and so on. The TheraSuit worn over a prolonged period of time will correct proprioception and accelerate the progress.


  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Developmental Delays

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Athetosis

  • Spasticity (increased muscle tone)

  • Hypotonia (low muscle tone)

  • TheraSuit Therapy Benefits:

  • Re-trains central nervous system

  • Restores ontogenic development

  • Provides external stabilization

  • Normalizes muscle tone

  • Aligns the body to as close to normal as possible

  • Provides dynamic correction

  • Normalizes (corrects) gait pattern

  • Provides tactile stimulation

  • Influences the vestibular system

  • Improves balance

  • Improves coordination

  • Decreases uncontrolled movements in ataxia and athetosis

  • Improves body and spatial awareness

  • Supports weak muscles

  • Provides resistance to strengthen muscles to further enhance the strengthening

  • Improves speech production and its fluency through head control and trunk support

  • Promotes development of both fine and gross motor skills

  • Improves bone density

  • Helps to decrease contractors

  • Helps improve hip alignment through vertical loading over the hip joint

TheraSuit Contraindications:

  • Hip subluxation greater than 50%

  • Severe scoliosis

  • TheraSuit Precautions:

  • Heart conditions

  • Uncontrolled seizure activities

  • Hip subluxation

  • Hydrocephalus (VP Shunt)

  • Diabetes

  • Kidney problems

  • High blood pressure

As A Service To Parents And Educators

APTUS is available to host free in-services to provide useful information and education concerning deficits in children. To schedule an in-service for your staff or parent body please contact our office at 956-668-7133 or email us at Info@aptustherapy.com