About Us » History
As a practitioner, Shelley Portaro, MS, OTR/L recognized a need for more pediatric therapy services in the Charlotte area. In 2004, Shelley opened Crossway Pediatric Therapy as a sole provider. Shelley chose the name “Crossway” to demonstrate the journey made by families and children with special needs. The image of the bridge symbolizes the child’s path which ultimately leads to their dreams and independence if provided with the appropriate supports. Through this vision, Shelley has expanded her services from a sole provider to a multidisciplinary team with an office of nearly 5,000 square feet of therapeutic space. Through the support and dedication of the therapists and specialists, Crossway Pediatric Therapy continues to grow to meet the demands of the Charlotte area—most recently this growth included the opening of Crossway Academy. The team at Crossway believes in using multidisciplinary and educational approaches to facilitate the desired goals for each child and their supporting family.
Many children develop typically. They need only love, nourishment, and a gentle guiding hand to help them develop into successful adults. On the other hand, some children need a little extra support to reach milestones necessary to develop into successful and independent adults. Crossway Pediatric Therapy facilitates development and supports families through occupational therapy, learning specialists, speech and language pathology, and physical therapy.
Keep in mind that each family comes to Crossway at a different point in their journey. We are here to help and support your child and family to the best of our abilities. At times the therapists will make recommendations for services provided within Crossway as well as to outside sources. Some children require the support of only one discipline, while other children need the support of various therapists in addition to supporting disciplines such as neuropsychologists, neurologists, psychologists, etc.