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Pediatric Therapy Services

What is Occupational Therapy?
A pediatric occupational therapist serves children with neurological, orthopedic and developmental conditions and will assess a child to determine underlying factors that are limiting independence with daily tasks. An occupational therapist may address: muscle weakness, visual and fine motor coordination difficulties, delayed developmental milestones, feeding / eating issues, sensory processing problems, difficulty walking, and delayed social / emotional skills. The goal of occupational therapy intervention is to achieve increased functional outcomes to ensure the child’s success within the school, home and community environments.

Individual Occupational Therapy
Therapy services can be billed through private and /or state based insurance plans, as well as through private payment plans. A physician’s prescription is required for an Occupational therapy evaluation.

Therapy staff members demonstrate expertise in the following:
  • Sensory Processing Evaluation and Treatment
  • Core Strengthening
  • Traumatic Injuries / Fractures / Sprains
  • Auditory Processing Difficulties
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Neuro-Developmental Treatment
  • Food Intolerances / Nutritional Influences on the Nervous System
  • Chronic / Acute Pain Syndromes
  • Sports Injury
  • Balance and Coordination Problems
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Social Skills Training / Pragmatics
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Toilet Training
  • Brain Gym / Educational Kinesiology

Aquatic Therapy
This program is provided as part of the child’s therapy plan of care. The use of water can be an effective therapeutic medium for various individuals with but not limited to: sensory processing disorders, neurological and orthopedic conditions, developmental delays, muscle weakness, balance problems, and muscle tightness or spasticity.

Pediatric Massage / Soft tissue mobilization
Massage or manual therapy relaxes tense muscles, enhances tissue elasticity and flexibility, and increases range of motion in joints. This makes it easier for your child to move and pursue all the activities that he or she wants. Soft-tissue injuries (such as muscle pulls and strains, tendonitis, ligament sprains, and whiplash) heal faster with specifically targeted massage.  One common reason some children don’t meet their developmental milestones is due to muscle imbalances.  Massage and muscle mobilization help to properly align your child’s body.  Massage also reduces spasm, pain, swelling, and formation of excess scar tissue.  Soft tissue mobilization breaks up excess scar tissue and adhesions (stuck together tissue) that weakens muscles and contributes to further injury.  Rib cage mobilization or massage to the respiratory mechanism can increase sound production, volume, and physical endurance (due to increased air exchange).

Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)
Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) is an advanced therapeutic hands-on approach practiced by Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Speech and Language Pathologists. This approach is used on adults and children who have difficulties in controlling movement resulting from neurological damage (such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological conditions). NDT strives to appropriately and adequately stress the central nervous and muscular systems to create, maintain, and reinforce the sensorimotor pathways to enable efficient motor control.

Astronaut Training®
A sound activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol
Astronaut training is a sensory integrative tool for improving function in the vestibular-auditory-visual triad. This program targets key sensory systems, to engage eye and body musculature 3-dimensionally, for proper alignment and adaptive movement through space. Astronaut training provides precise input to all five vestibular receptors, along with auditory and visual input to create a comprehensive treatment protocol that integrates these three sensory systems. Core activities provide opportunities for an adaptive response to sensory input, which completes the sensorimotor neurological circuits underlying all function.

QuickShift® Audio Selections
QuickShifts are auditory therapeutic activities based on binaural beat technologies and the phenomenon of entrainment. The QuickShift series utilizes sensory integrative components to improve self-regulation, self-calming, and auditory processing. The binaural beat is used to entrain specific neural rhythms through the frequency following response (FFR). The FFR is then utilized to entrain a specific cortical rhythm.

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