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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.

Social skills training
A major goal of social skills training is teaching children about the verbal as well as nonverbal behaviors involved in social interactions. There are many people who have never been taught such interpersonal skills such as making "small talk" in social settings, or the importance of good eye contact during a conversation. In addition, many people have not learned to "read" the many subtle cues contained in social interactions, such as how to tell when someone wants to change the topic of conversation or shift to another activity. Social skills training helps kids to learn to interpret these and other social signals, so that they can determine how to act appropriately in the company of other people in a variety of different situations.

Pragmatics refers to the social language skills we use in our daily interactions with others. They include what we say, how we say it, our body language and whether it is appropriate to the given situation. Pragmatic skills are vital for communicating our personal thoughts, ideas and feelings.

Social language is the simple, informal language we use when talking face to face with family members and friends. It allows us to use contemporary or slang terms like “cool,” “awesome,” or “dude.” We can also communicate feelings, needs, and wants using symbolic hand gestures for drink, eat, hot, cold, hurt, or tired.

Reflex Integration
Reflexes are an inherent part of typical development. They allow us to generate the necessary muscle tone to protect ourselves, to come up against gravity, and to orient to the environment. In the case of the early protective patterns, such as the Moro response, they contribute to an individual’s autonomic regulation. These early reflexes are triggered by sensation. In infancy, specific sensory input triggers an increase in tone in certain muscle groups. This increase in tone causes the infant to move in a corresponding predictable pattern (a reflex). The infant will then move in these predictable patterns for a window of developmental time. As other motoric competencies emerge, the child will be able to move against the pattern or use any component of the pattern as necessary to meet a goal in the most efficient and adaptable way. The persistence of primitive (unintegrated) reflexes can contribute to issues with balance and coordination, energy levels, impulse control, sensory processing, regulation of biological rhythms, focus and attention and social/emotional and intellectual learning. 

Reflex integration therapy consists of: 

  • Releasing congestion and muscular tension throughout the body
  • Stimulating the proprioceptive system
  • Opening up communication among the muscles, tendons and ligaments
  • Adjusting receptors of deep touch and pressure
  • Stretching the trunk and limbs
  • Rotational movements of joints
  • Crossing midline

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