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We start with the idea that play is children’s work. We believe the best results will come when children participate in activities that are engaging and meaningful to them. That often includes play in a variety of ways. Our treatment spaces are set up to be motivating and encourage activities such as: climbing (for strengthening, body control, and calming) and swinging (for calming, regulating/organizing our body, coordination, postural control and balance), to name just a few. Our highly skilled therapists strive to meet the “just right challenge” while building confidence and improving motor development.
Our Occupational Therapy staff focuses on children and young adults. The occupations of infants include sleeping, eating, and exploration of their physical, social and cultural worlds. As we grow, we add occupations such as play, socialization, self-maintenance, and school. Adolescent and young adult occupations also add preparation for employment, community involvement, and managing tasks of life independently such as money management and transportation and survival skills.
After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, Rebecca provides treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives.
Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words.
Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.
Successful communication involves the ability to hear a message, process the information, formulate a response, initiate and motor plan a response verbally in a socially appropriate manner. Breakdowns can occur in any of these areas.
Our licensed speech and language pathologists are highly trained to work with children of all abilities. Our specialties include children with Autism, Apraxia of speech, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, food aversions, g-tubes and feeding problems. We perform thorough evaluations and develop individualized treatment plans to address the child’s specific needs.