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Pediatric Occupational Therapy evaluates the performance skills of children and helps them to develop the fine and gross motor skills that are necessary for activities of daily living. The primary goals of childhood are to grow, learn, and play. It is often through play that children learn to make sense of the world around them. Through the use of play, the objective of occupational therapy is to improve body coordination, upper and lower body strength, muscle tone, posture, reflex action, balance, body awareness, and perceptual motor skills including hand-eye coordination, auditory-motor integration and tactile discrimination.
Pediatric Physical Therapy is concerned with the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention of children, aged birth through adolescence, who are experiencing functional limitations. Our team of physical therapists aim to help children restore function and achieve independence at all levels. Physical therapists work to improve muscle strength, range of motion, reflexes and coordination. Physical therapy can help children with sports injuries, orthopedics, orthotics, splinting, casting, balance, coordination, and Neurodevelopmental Treatment.
Pediatric Speech and Language Therapy focuses on receptive language, or the ability to understand words spoken to you, and expressive language, the ability to use words to express yourself. It also deals with the mechanics of producing words, such as articulation, pitch, fluency, and volume. For our precious children, it generally involves pursuing milestones that have been delayed. Some children only need help with language, others have the most problems with the mechanics of speech, and some need every kind of speech help there is. Our caring speech-language pathologists will work to find fun, sensory enhanced activities to strengthen your child skills. For mechanics, this might involve exercises to strengthen the tongue and lips, such as blowing on whistles or licking up Cheerios. For language, this might involve games to stimulate word retrieval, comprehension or conversation.
Oral-Motor/Feeding Therapy helps the child to gain better awareness of, and control over the muscles in their mouth. Many different types of fun and interesting techniques are used to address the individual child's needs. The ultimate goal is to facilitate clear speech production and safe feeding ability, as well as decrease drooling and stress on the teeth which may result in significant orthodontic problems down the road.
Early Intervention addresses the needs of children aged birth through three years old. In some cases, a child’s developmental problems may be evident from birth. In other instances, it may take several months to realize that developmental milestones are not being met. Intervention is vital during this very early time because there a child learns and develops at the fastest rate during the first few years. It's important not to miss out on this crucial part of your child's development, as it may be more difficult to teach skills to your child as he or she gets older. At three, children generally become eligible for other educational services.
BrainGym is an educational model used by our therapists to promote play and the joy of learning; draw out and honor innate intelligence; build awareness regarding the value of movement in daily life; emphasize the ability to notice and respond to movement-based needs; encourage self-responsibility; leave each participant appreciated and valued; empower each participant to better take charge of his own learning; encourage creativity and self-expression; inspire an appreciation of music, physical education and the fine arts. To learn more about BrainGym visit: www.braingym.org
ALERT is a program which defines steps for teaching children self-regulation awareness. Our therapists are trained in ALERT and utilize it's concepts during therapy sessions with your children. Visit www.alertprogram.com for details.
Bal-A-Vis-X is a series of Balance, Auditory Vision eXercises of varied complexities, most of which are deeply rooted in rhythm. The exercises enable the entire mind-body system to experience the natural symmetrical flow of a pendulum. These encourage full-body coordination and focused attention. The program utilizes beanbags, racquetballs, balance boards, and multiple principles and activities from Educational Kinesiology. It demands cooperation, promotes self-challenge. It is just plain fun for our kids as the therapists incorpate these exercises into their sessions.
Fast ForWord is a reading intervention program designed for K-12 education institutions and clinical specialists, whose students are struggling and reading below grade level. www.scilearn.com
PROMPT is a multidimensional approach to speech production disorders. It integrates all domains and systems towards a positive communication outcome. It may be used, with varying intensity and focus, with all speech production disorders from approximately 6 months of age onward. www.promptinstitute.com
Interactive Metronome (IM) is an assessment and treatment tool used in therapy to improve the neurological processes of motor planning, sequencing and processingis. It assists children in reaching greater functional gains in a shorter period of time. We have therapists which have experience and are certified in IM. www.interactivemetronome.com
Therapeutic Listening. Listening is a function of the entire brain and goes well beyond stimulating the auditory system. Children (as well as adults) listen with their whole body. In order to fully help our children improve their listening , our therapists attend to the listening functions of both the hearing ear and the body ear. The main idea is to emphasize integration of the auditory and vestibular systems together. Since there is such a close connection with visual functioning, visual processing also will likely improve.
We specialize in very young babies (including preemies), toddlers, pre-schoolers and children from elementary to high school ages. If you notice signs of difficulty in communication, feeding, behavior, handwriting, activities of daily living, balance, strength or coordination, we welcome your call to discuss if therapeutic intervention is appropriate for your child.