Do you often wonder if your child is meeting his/her developmental milestones?
Do you know the developmental milestones for your child and their current age?
Do you have questions concerning playtime activities you can create for your child’s development?
Being a parent means asking yourself these questions and the Puzzle Pieces Pediatric Therapists are here to help you answer them.
Puzzle Pieces Pediatric Therapy specializes in maximizing each child’s potential and development through play.
Their unique and creative approach is evidence-based and customized to your child’s specific needs and goals. The team is dedicated to working not only with your child but your family to ensure the brightest future for them.
What Therapy Looks Like
Therapists work closely with the patient and the patient’s family to create individualized treatment plans promoting the brightest future. A behavioral health therapist is available for all Puzzle Pieces Pediatric patients to support change using a variety of evidence-based strategies.
Play at it’s finest! Therapy sessions can include but are not limited to:
Physical Therapy: Pediatric physical therapy helps children to fully participate in their environment at home, school, and in the community by improving their gross motor skills. We work with the patient, parents, and family to guide the treatment goals.
Occupational Therapy: The occupational therapist helps children with physical, cognitive, or sensory difficulties be as independent as possible in their daily lives. Through the use of play and daily tasks the OT can help the child develop skills to better function in their world.
Speech-Language Therapy: The Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP’s) at Puzzle Pieces Pediatric Therapy work with children of all ages who may have trouble speaking, listening, reading, writing, thinking, and/or swallowing/feeding difficulties.
Integrated Health: Children and teens with intellectual, physical, or speech-related limitations are more likely than the general population to experience stress and anxiety, or to develop other mental health issues such as depression, aggressive behaviors, and emotional withdrawal. Without appropriate intervention these issues can affect their overall quality of life, and often carry over into adulthood. Psychological assessment and therapy are provided in our program because of the possibility of related emotional or behavioral problems, and to promote success and emotional well-being.
Bryan Felker, PT, DPT
Bryan has 7 years of experience as a physical therapist. He graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. He also performs aquatic therapy, outpatient therapy, and outpatient and inpatient treatment. Making therapy fun yet beneficial is one aspect he loves about working with kids.
Tara Voss, OTD, OTR/L
Tara has 10 years of experience as an occupational therapist. She has experience working in the pediatric outpatient, school, aquatic, and hippo therapy settings. Tara has been trained in Handwriting Without Tears as well as the Beckman Oral Motor approach and enjoys working with children of all ages.
(402) 759 – 3167 ext 570
Cindy Haggadone, MS, CCC-SLP
Cindy has over 20 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist and is ASHA certified to diagnose and provide speech therapy services. She has experience working in the pediatric outpatient setting and school setting. Her interests include articulation, language development, apraxia of speech, voice disorders, pediatric feeding, and swallowing.
Jillyan Schmidt, MA, LIMHP, LPC
I’m a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner who has many years of experience working with all ages, but my specialty is working with children. I have experience in child development, attachment, behavioral disorders, and emotional regulation. I believe in using play therapy to engage and communicate with children in a language that they understand. I’m passionate about helping children find their voice through healing, empowerment, and the development of a positive self-concept.
(402) 759 – 3192 ext 713
Jill Speece, Occupational Therapy COTA
I was born and raised in Harlan, Iowa and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in my late teens to become a medical assistant. I enjoy spending time with family and being outdoors. In 2008, my first child was born and then is when my journey began caring for a child with special needs. Through the trial and tribulations that come with raising a child with multiple needs, I was introduced to occupational therapy. This is when my passion began to grow for occupation therapy, as I understood the importance it serves in bettering others’ lives. After 14 years as a medical assistant, I decided it was time for a career change.
I graduated in May 2019 from the Central Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program and am certified through NBCOT. My career started at Fillmore County Hospital and I enjoy the multiple settings the rural community offers.
Being a child at heart, I understand the importance of fun and play in a child’s life. From a therapy standpoint, I understand the importance therapy serves for a child in need and how blending the two together needs to be functional and fun for success!!
(402) 759 – 3167 ext 570