Occupational Therapy (OT) focuses on developing motor skills, sensory processing abilities, eye-hand coordination, peer interaction, play and self-care skills to participate in daily life activities. Through direct service, home programs and assistive technology, therapists help children develop fine motor and sensory motor skills for school, work, play, leisure and self-help tasks.
Physical Therapy (PT) provides increased strength, improved range of motion, coordination and balance, with the ultimate goal of empowering children to be as independent as possible in their functional gross motor abilities. We can also assist in the acquisition/modification of adapted mobility equipment, splints, braces and wheelchairs.
Our Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are skilled at treating children with impairments in respiration, articulation, voice, fluency, oral-motor deficits and receptive-expressive language skills. SLPs are also trained to work with non-verbal children using sign language, augmentative communication devices and custom communication systems. SLPs take a total communication approach to therapy to provide each child practical tools to communicate their wants, needs, feelings, thoughts and ideas.
Clinical research shows that 80% of children with special needs will have some type of feeding and swallowing disorder, compared to 20% of typically developing children. Some of the feeding challenges we address include oral motor and swallowing difficulties, mealtime routines, behavior, tube weaning and transitioning to solid food, oral defensiveness and aversions, and failure to thrive.
Our pediatric team of occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and behavior analyst are specially trained to evaluate and provide individually designed interventions to address pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. We work closely with your child’s doctor and other providers to coordinate care and determine a plan that will best fit your child’s needs. Emphasis is placed on training the parents/caregivers in how to implement these interventions at home to improve skills across all settings.