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Speech Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Vision Therapy
Hippotherapy
Aquatic Therapy
Nutrition
Orthotics
Durable Medical Equipment

Speech Therapy

Speech therapy includes
Feeding/Oral Motor Skills Articulation/Phonological Process
Expressive/Receptive Speech Delay Reading Problems
Fluency Issues Pragmatic Delay
Voice/Alternative and Augmentative Communication

Language Processing - A Language processing disorder (LPD) is characterized by difficulty understanding and making sense of what is heard. It is different from hearing loss or deafness. Children with LPD may have normal hearing; however, their brains do not process or interpret auditory information correctly. LPD sometimes occurs with speech and language difficulties, learning disabilities, attention deficits, and developmental disabilities. Children with LPD may have difficulty hearing the differences between sounds in words, even when the sounds are clear and loud enough to be heard. These problems may become more apparent when the child is in a noisy environment, such as a classroom. LPD is broken down into different categories of problems. Often times, children have difficulty in only one area. It is possible for children with LPD to have problems in more than one area.

Interactive Metronome -    The interactive metronome is a PC-based interactive system based on the traditional music metronome combined with auditory and/or visual feedback. Hand and foot sensors are used to objectively measure a user’s planning and sequencing performance during a variety of tapping and clapping exercises. The program analyzes exactly when in time each tap occurs in relation to the reference beat and instantaneously transposes this timing information into special sounds that are heard in headphone and the taps are occurring providing feedback for the trainee. Like training wheels on a bicycle, the sounds are used by the individual to more accurately synchronize his or her tap with the steady metronome beat.

Therapeutic Listening - Therapeutic listening is a structured program of auditory training to spectrally modified music that is individually selected for each client. Your occupational therapist will evaluate your child to determine if your child would benefit from a modified music program and which type of music could be the most beneficial. Although a trial with an auditory program will be completed by the therapist in the treatment session, the greatest benefits from auditory stimulation is seen with carryover of programming in the home or school environment by the child’s caregivers.

Occupational Therapy

Fine Motor Skills
Visual Motor Skills
Oral Motor Skills
Cognitive/Attention Tasks
Self Help
Core/Upper Extremity Weakness and Range of Motion

Physical Therapy

Abnormal Muscle Tone
Coordination
Balance Issues
Overall Weakness
Delayed Milestones (rolling, crawling, standing, walking, etc.)

Vision Therapy

A type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain -- is a highly effective non-surgical treatment for many common visual problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, double vision, convergence insufficiency and some reading and learning disabilities. Many patients who have been told, "it's too late," or "you'll have to learn to live with it" have benefited from vision therapy. In the case of learning disabilities, vision therapy is specifically directed toward resolving visual problems which interfere with reading, learning and educational instruction. Optometrists do not claim that vision therapy is a direct treatment for learning disabilities.

Hippotherapy

Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated intervention program to achieve functional outcomes.Equine movement provides multidimensional movement, which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The horse provides a dynamic base of support, making it an excellent tool for increasing trunk strength and control, balance, building overall postural strength and endurance, addressing weight bearing, and. motor planning. Equine movement offers well-modulated sensory input to vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile and visual channels. During gait transitions, the patient must perform subtle adjustments in the trunk to maintain a stable position. When a patient is sitting forward astride the horse, the horse’s walking gait imparts movement responses remarkably similar to normal human gait. The effects of equine movement on postural control, sensory systems, and motor planning can be used to facilitate coordination and timing, grading of responses, respiratory control, sensory integration skills and attention skills. Equine movement can be used to facilitate the neurophysiologic systems that support all of our functional daily living skills.

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy uses the physical properties of water, including buoyancy and resistance, to aid in rehabilitation and healing. Buoyancy reduces stress on the joints and injured soft tissues, while resistance allows for strengthening of specific muscle groups.The unique physical properties of water make it an ideal and comfortable medium in which to challenge all levels of strength, especially when joints are injured and movement is difficult. When used as part of an individualized treatment program, aquatic therapy allows for functional movement earlier in the therapeutic program by reducing the effects of weight bearing on joints by up to 80 percent.

Nutrition

Feeding Tube/Home Blended
Supplements
Vitamins
Melatonin
Fish Oil (EFA's)
Calorie Boosters
Constipation
Fruit-eze
Diarrhea

Culturelle

Orthotics

Orthotics are used for a variety of reasons including: prevention of joint dislocation and deformity, providing joint stability and proper positioning, and decreasing spasticity.

Common lower extremity orthotics are ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) and supra-malleolarorthoses (SMOs).

Shoes specially made to be worn with orthotics

www.hatchbacksfootwear.com
http://www.markellshoe.com/keepingpace.html
www.zappos.com – New Balance shoes come in XW width and shoes can be returned for free if they don’t fit.

Durable Medical Equipment

Standers
Walkers
Gait Trainers
Strollers
Wheelchairs
Crutches
Positioning chairs
Car Seats/Seat Belts