Early Intervention &
Therapy for all Ages and Needs

Types of Therapy

Aquatic Therapy
Provided by a licensed therapist or therapy assistant in a water-filled pool, Aquatic Therapy helps to manage children's muscle tone and motor control, increase exercise tolerance and endurance, decrease pain, increase strength and tolerance to touch, and improve position management.

Behavioral Support
Behavioral support provides families, caregivers, and others with positive strategies that will result in the child's development of appropriate social, emotional and/or communication skills. Positive behavior support is an approach for helping children develop social and communication skills, while creating a positive environment for learning and growth. Essentially, positive behavior support is a package of strategies, not just one intervention. It is a collaborative process that involves multiple approaches:

  • solving problems
  • creating positive environments
  • teaching new skills
  • changing systems

Occupational Therapy (OT)
Occupational Therapy focuses on developing the child's ability to perform activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and feeding. A specialized pediatric therapist evaluates and treats children who have motor or sensory difficulties. He or she helps the child develop fine motor, visual perceptual, and self-care/self-reliance skills. The therapist works to improve the child's upper extremity range of motion and sensory development. He or she also handles splinting needs to prevent deformities of the upper extremities.

The occupational therapist also treats Sensory Integration Dysfunction – problems with the sense of touch, smell, hearing, taste and sight. The child may also have difficulties in movement, coordination and sensing where his or her body is in a given space. He or she may be overly sensitive to certain textures, sounds, smells, or tastes. The occupational therapist provides sensory input, often involving planned, scheduled activities, to help the nervous system function more efficiently.

Physical Therapy (PT)
Physical Therapy focuses on enhancing or restoring mobility. A specialized pediatric physical therapist evaluates the child and uses exercises, specialized techniques, and assistive devices to treat gross motor development, range of motion and joint mobility, muscle strength, posture, ambulation and gait, and ability to transfer. The therapist also handles splinting and bracing needs.

Play Therapy
A play therapist uses play to help children handle psychological or social difficulties. Play therapy is a technique by which a child's natural means of expression, play, is used as a therapeutic method to assist him or her cope with emotional stresses. The activity brings hidden emotions to the surface so the child can learn to deal with them.

Respiratory Therapy
Respiratory Therapy provides a full range of treatments for breathing disorders in inpatient and outpatient settings. Services include: mechanical ventilation, non-invasive monitoring, stat blood gas laboratory analysis, oxygen administration, aerosolized drug delivery, and postural drainage/percussion and vibration.

Speech/Language Therapy
This therapy helps children who have difficulty saying sounds and/or understanding what is being said to them. It includes services for children who use communication other than speech. Children seen by a speech / language pathologist may have a variety of medical conditions, including seizures and other neurological disorders, head injuries, developmental disabilities, tracheotomies, hearing loss, meningitis, respiratory disorders (ventilator dependency), and/or be at risk for hearing loss or speech and language development disorders. Audiology services identify, assess and manage hearing impairment. Often, a child will see an audiologist prior to a speech/language pathologist evaluation in order to examine the effect of hearing on speech/language development. Audiologist identify, assess and manage hearing impairment.

Therapeutic Feeding
For infants and children who have difficulty eating for physical or behavioral reasons, feeding programs aim to help children eliminate tube feedings, accept foods in the mouth, improve safety of swallowing, learn to chew, progress from baby foods to table foods, and gain weight and grow. A feeding team of clinicians with expertise in feeding disorders may help parents learn techniques to help manage children's eating in a step-by-step process.

Therapeutic Listening
Also called Auditory Integration Therapy, it uses electronically altered music on CDs, along with Sensory Integration activities, to improve motor control, attention, self-regulation, and regulation of sensory information.

Vision Therapy
Overseen by a trained optometrist (sometimes called a "developmental optometrist"), vision therapy employs exercises to improve eye movement control, focusing control, and eye coordination. Vision therapy is considered controversial among medical and education professionals, and is distinct from vision education, which uses adapted materials and teaching techniques to help children maximize the use of their vision.