Research shows that children succeed best when they are actively engaged and involved in enjoyable “hands-on” experiences. Therefore, our therapy services are designed to be play-based, interactive and fun for your child.
Our therapies include coaching on techniques and methods you can use at home, during everyday routines, to promote and support your child’s optimal development. We understand that as a parent or caregiver you are the most important person in your child’s life and in the best position to help them develop to the best of their ability. We provide therapy services in the classroom and help the child participate in daily activities with their peers throughout their school day.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Available only through our Therapeutic Preschool program.
Applied Behavior Analysis is the only evidence-based practice proven effective in treating autism. Principles and techniques are used to improve communication, social relationships, play, self-care and school performance in children with a variety of needs and diagnosis. Our team works to properly modify behaviors so children can be independent and successful at home, school and the community.
After providing a thorough assessment of skills and preference, our Board Certified Behavior Analyst will develop an individualized plan and goals with emphasis on positive interactions and enjoyable learning. Our ABA implementers break down each goal into achievable sections to be taught step-by-step to mastering a complex skill.
Our team structures the day to provide many opportunities, both planned and naturally occurring, so children can acquire and practice new skills. We provide an abundance of positive reinforcement, when the child demonstrates socially appropriate behaviors and we do not reinforce for negative behaviors.
Your child’s plan may include family goals, so we partner with you to provide coaching and support. Children are the most successful, when the consistency they have at school extends to their home life, so plans may include family goals. Our ABA implements are partners in this journey and will provide coaching and support.
An ABA session here at Children’s TLC might look like:
- Intensive 1-on-1 programming: This is outside of the therapeutic preschool classroom where specific skills need to be broken down and taught in a systematic way.
- Natural Environment Training (NET): This can include activities in the gym, classroom activities (circle time, art activities, etc.), structured “free time”: this allows your child to work on skills along-side their peers and peer mentors, seeing how the skills being taught are necessary for daily interactions.
- Self-Help Training: This includes toilet training, feeding issues, and other activities of daily living.
We use aquatic therapy to further enhance your child’s functional abilities. The warm, buoyant water allows your child to feel free by reducing their body weight by up to 90 percent. Water provides a safe environment and allows for easier movement and skill development than on land with the child’s body working against gravity. Our state of the art pool stays at a temp of 89-92 degrees to provide benefits that may include improved muscle tone, strength, circulation, flexibility, endurance, motor planning, balance, and may decrease pain.
Our occupational therapists address the fine motor, sensory and feeding impairments of children with diagnosis such as autism, sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy or developmental delays. Our goal is to maximize each child’s fine motor ability and independence with self-help skills so they can fully and safely participate in activities at home and school. Our therapist’s assist children in achieving fine motor milestones in daily activities such as independent eating, dressing, toileting and caring for other personal needs. In our Therapeutic Preschool, we work with your child’s teachers and family to develop a plan they follow throughout their day to maximize individual therapy.
Our team of physical therapists evaluates and develops an individualized treatment plans for children with gross motor impairments in order to develop and improve functional mobility. Common diagnoses include, but are not limited to, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental delays and chromosomal anomalies.
We assist children in developing the ability to independently explore their environment by focusing on milestones such as sitting, crawling, standing, walking, running or jumping. Suitable equipment is an important aspect of a child’s success with mobility, both at school and at home. Our therapists work with families to select proper positioning equipment and assistive devices for their child.
Our Lite-Gait Treadmill is one of only a few in the area. The equipment features a comfortable and supportive harness to allow children an enjoyable experience as they safely walk over the treadmill. If appropriate, the Lite-Gait treadmill is incorporated into the child’s treatment plan to help develop a stepping pattern so children can learn to walk.
Speech therapy is common for children with a speech delay, hearing impairment, apraxia and/or autism. Our speech-language pathologists develop treatment plans for children with communication impairments, including receptive (understanding) and expressive (speaking) language, articulation (speech sounds), or feeding and swallowing challenges. We uncover each child’s strengths and weaknesses and help them develop a method of communication that is most effective for their individual abilities. Some methods are verbal, such as talking, while others are non-verbal, such as sign language or the use of an assistive communication device.
Our goal is for each child to independently and efficiently communicate their wants and needs in order to fully participate at home, school, or in the community.