Physical therapy is the treatment of the motor system. Children develop muscle control and balance which helps them to function against gravity to explore their environment. By gaining muscle strength and control a child can learn to roll, sit, stand, and walk independently.
Special education addresses delays in the cognitive domain. Children who have difficulties learning or acquiring new skills can benefit from special education services.
Our nutritionists provide assistance to families with children who exhibit failure to thrive, poor weight gain, or other nutritional concerns. These providers help families plan menus to meet the child's specific needs, contact doctors when necessary, and monitor the child's weight.
Occupational therapy addresses fine motor delays. Children use fine motor skills for reaching, grasping, and manipulating objects. OT also includes sensory integration skills which help a child more successfully adapt to his or her environment in the presence of auditory, visual, movement and touch stimuli.
Our psychologists perform standardized testing to evaluate children who are suspected of having autistic spectrum disorders. These providers remain available as resources for the team providing ABA services.
Social workers deal directly with family members to provide information regarding community resources and programs . In addition they counsel families in need about the challenges of having a child with special needs and the effect on the family.
Speech Therapy and Feeding
Speech therapy addresses delays in both expressive and receptive communication. For children with oral motor planning difficulties (Apraxia) we have speech therapists who specialize in prompt therapy. In addition we have therapists who treat children who are experiencing feeding difficulties.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
ABA is the most widely accepted method for the treatment of children with Autism. ABA therapists are specifically trained in the use of ABA methods, which focus on positive reinforcement for improved behaviors. Children who receive ABA typically receive many hours of weekly treatment from a team of providers. Our team includes a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) who supervises our ABA teams.