To that end, our staff of full-time, professional therapists support and educate children from birth to age three who are experiencing, or are at risk for, developmental delays or have other special needs. Our therapists don’t simply work with these children, they work with the children in their world.
That means we provide therapies in the child’s natural environment… be it in the home, at childcare, in the classroom, in the community, or in another familiar setting. The goal is to make the therapy a seamless part of the child’s everyday routine. Our therapists also work closely with family members and childcare providers to coach them, firsthand, on how to incorporate therapy strategies into their day-to-day lives.
Our Early Intervention services include:
An Occupational Therapist (OT) addresses fine motor (small muscle) skills such as the child’s use of his hands during play, grasping and releasing, and object manipulation. The OT focuses on self-care skills, such as dressing and feeding, as well as on motor skills, such as puzzles, pre-writing, and cutting. Additionally, the OT works on sensory integration issues dealing with the child’s ability to interact with the environment.
A Physical Therapist (or PT) addresses the gross motor (large muscle) skills such as sitting, crawling, standing, walking, jumping, climbing, etc. The PT also addresses flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, endurance, and motor planning. A PT can also assist with the selection and acquisition of orthotics and adaptive equipment.
A Speech Therapist (ST) addresses language skills such as vocabulary, following directions, word and sentence production, and the production of individual sounds in language. The ST may also focus on a child’s interactions with adults and peers using his or her language skills. A child’s way to communicate may include gesturing, signing, using pictures, talking, or using a communication device. The ST, along with the OT and Registered Dietitian, addresses feeding issues which may include difficulties with swallowing, managing textures, and or behavioral issues.
A Special Instructor (SI) addresses cognitive, social, play, and self-help skills. The SI is a certified teacher who plans and implements a consistent program and works cooperatively with the family and other therapists to integrate the child’s goals into daily activities. The SI’s role is to facilitate thinking and problem solving skills, as well as social interaction.
The addition to our staff of a licensed Registered Dietitian completes the cycle of support provided by our therapists. The dietitian and therapists work together with family members and doctors to assess nutritional risks and address issues early on. These may include:
- Identifying and correcting calorie or nutrient deficiencies or excesses
- Assessing growth and addressing genetic diagnoses
- Providing education about special diets or general healthy eating
- Troubleshooting with picky eaters
- Addressing barriers to healthy eating
- Assisting with weaning and feeding transitions
- Communicating concerns and recommendations with the health care team