(Dianna, Jessica, Angela)
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.
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.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach to understanding behavior. ABA refers to a set of principles that focus on how behaviors change, or are affected by the environment, as well as how learning takes place. The term behavior refers to skills and actions needed to talk, play, and live. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is best known for its success in treating individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (e.g., Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities). Treatment in this area is effective across an individual’s lifespan (i.e., childhood, adolescence, adulthood). In young children with developmental disabilities such as ASD, the goal of intensive, comprehensive intervention is to improve cognitive, language, social, and self-help skills. Decades of research have shown that intensive ABA treatment is the most successful approach for children with autism, and it is widely recognized by a number of sources including the U.S. Surgeon General, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Institute of Mental Health.