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At Abilities, we value a proactive approach in treating infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with the philosophy that early treatment for difficulties promotes optimal outcomes and may prevent current developmental concerns from becoming more severe.
Individual Therapy Sessions
We offer one-on-one occupational therapy and speech language pathology in a specialized sensory gym environment or private treatment areas. We provide services to children who are experiencing developmental difficulties. Some commonly seen conditions are are Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, developmental delays and muscle tone abnormalities. We offer specialized programs such as handwriting remediation, "handwriting without tears program", therapeutic listening, and interactive metronome.
A child’s role in life is to play and interact with other children. Pediatric occupational therapy helps children gain independence while also strengthening the development of fine motor skills, sensory motor skills, and visual motor skills that children need to function and socialize.
Speech & Language Therapy
Speech Language Therapists are trained to help children effectively communicate their wants and needs. They are also trained to help with feeding and swallowing difficulties.
Sensory Integration Therapy
Our occupational therapists offer a wide variety of programs to address each client’s individual motor, social, and educational developmental needs. There are 3 types of primary diagnostic groups under the umbrella of Sensory Processing Difficulties:
- Sensory modulation
- Sensory discrimination
- Sensory-based motor
Our therapists utilize a treatment approach based on Sensory Integration theory in order to address many of our clients’ functional deficits from a sensory standpoint. Sensory integration is a neurological process in which sensations are organized for functional use in everyday activities. Our brain receives information from our body and the surrounding environment through our external and internal senses. When working efficiently in a typical nervous system, this information is then processed and organized in such a way that we are able to appropriately respond to our environment, often without conscious effort. Here at Abilities, each child’s unique “sensory profile” is determined through extensive observation and evaluation methods. Our occupational therapists then tailor an individualized treatment plan in order to facilitate improved awareness of and response to the sensory stimuli that are encountered on a daily basis, so that the child has more refined adaptive responses in his or her own environment.
Children can be over-responsive to stimuli, including foods, or have oral motor difficulties that make it hard for them to chew and swallow. As a result of these difficulties, a child can develop a negative response to feeding. We specialize in behavior modification and sensory related strategies to overcome those feeding challenges.