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 enviromeant. 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 tables today, but 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.
If the word “homework” starts a battle in your home, your child may need a little extra help. Students should feel a proud of their ability to complete homework tasks, but it its difficult it may create a nightly battle. Many families find that their children are resistant to help and advice from their parents when they are struggling. Having someone willing to help, and offer encouragement can often make a world of difference.
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.
Children who are living with a neurological, physical or developmental delay often are not given the chance to participate in organized sports teams. We are offering these children the chance to play sports just like everyone else. Teams allow both typical and atypical children to participate to our clients, siblings, and friends can work together to play a team sport in a fun and supportive enviroment.
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.
Families of special needs children often are not able to enjoy a night out without the kids due to fear of leaving children alone with a babysitter. Many babysitters also are not comfortable caring for a child with special needs. All baby sitters registered with JLD Therapy have been screened for a background check, experience working with special needs populations, and have been provided training and support for continued education.