Occupational Therapists work with children to attain the highest level of independence and be the most successful in adapting to and participating in everyday life. Each child is unique which is why we have a versatile staff with specialized training and skills for a variety of needs. Areas that are typically addressed in treatment include: sensory processing disorders, self-regulation, postural control, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, visual perceptual and visual motor integration, attention and organizational skills, self-help skills, oral motor skills, and feeding.
Specialized Programs include:
Therapeutic Listening, Listening Program, Masgutova Reflex Neuro-Sensory Integration (MNRI), Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Approach (SOS), Beckman Oral Motor Therapy, Handwriting without Tears
Speech therapists work on communication skills and language skills necessary for a child to participate in play, interact successfully with family members and friends, express themselves, and understand others. Children are often referred for speech therapy if there are concerns with:
· Articulation or difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying words incorrectly to the point that other people can't understand what's being said. Decreased intelligibility may or may not be caused by physical impairments such as cleft lip and palate, hearing loss, craniofacial abnormalities, or velopharyngeal insufficiency.
· Fluency disorders include problems such as stuttering, the condition in which the flow of speech is interrupted by abnormal stoppages, repetitions, or prolonging sounds and syllables.
· Resonance or voice disorders include problems with the pitch, volume, or quality of the voice that distract listeners from what's being said.
· Expressive Language: child’s ability to share thoughts and feelings, use appropriate sentence length and structure, utilize vocabulary and word finding skills, ask questions, use non-verbal gestures, and engage in social interactions with adults and peers.
· Receptive Language: child’s ability to understand others, process auditory information, understand basic concepts such as “wh” (what, where, when, why) questions, follow directions and sequences, and read non-verbal cues such as body language and facial expressions.
Motor Speech Disorders
· Childhood Apraxia- problems saying sounds, syllables, and words. This is not because of muscle weakness or paralysis. The brain has problems planning to move the body parts (e.g., lips, jaw, tongue) needed for speech. The child knows what he or she wants to say, but his/her brain has difficulty coordinating the muscle movements necessary to say those words.
· Dysarthria is a neurological motor speech impairment characterized by slow, weak, uncoordinated movements of the oral/speech musculature.
· Auditory Memory
· Problem Solving
· Understanding Social Boundaries