All Programs are designed for typical and A-typical children alike. Programs offered in a group format are designed to help children who may have difficulties learn to interact with other children in a supportive environment. Programs are designed by members of the skilled therapy team but may be administered by other staff depending on individual children’s needs and the goals of the program. Individual programs are also offered for children who are in need of more individualized education.
All handwriting programs are based on the Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum but are designed to meet the needs of each child. While some may feel handwriting is a lost art with the use of computers, laptops and tablets today. Handwriting teaches more than simple written language.
Handwriting programs are designed by skilled occupational therapists who are trained to identify and treat fine motor, visual and perceptual difficulties in children. Many of the skills needed for proper handwriting are also needed for reading and math calculations.
Handwriting was once a skill that every child was drilled on in school, but that does not happen any longer. Children are often faced with an expectation of handwriting excellence when they have never had a day of instruction. After school, handwriting programs can help children gain added confidence to succeed in school.
We use Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) Therapy to improve children’s auditory processing abilities. Some children receive iLs during Occupational Therapy, but not every child is appropriate for iLs. For some children we recommend iLs as a home program. At times we will recommend iLs simultaneously with OT or Speech Language Therapy if we feel that simultaneous listening and OT or SLP is the most efficient method of providing sensory input to optimize listening function.
Many children with developmental, physical and mental delays experience difficulties with making and maintaining friendships. During individual therapy sessions children learn skills that are needed for joining peer play and they develop motor skills to participate in typical peer interactions. Social groups give children an opportunity to practice their skills in a safe environment. Children will be given opportunities to play and interact in a natural setting with adult support to facilitate interaction.