Specific Therapies Offered for Children
In addition to general therapy, we offer a variety of specific therapeutic programs. This page contains a detailed, but not exhaustive, list of the therapies we offer for children. Each program must be administered by a trained therapist. If you have any questions about a therapy listed here, or something not listed here, please contact Sheila.
Integrated Listening System
Integrated listening System – ILS is a multi sensory program that combines individualized auditory training with visual and balance exercises. The program can help those with sensory, motor, processing, speech-language, and concentration or attention difficulties. ILS often has the effect of jump starting developmental changes in children with challenges. For additional information, please see www.integratedlistening.com.
Sensory Integration Therapy - pioneered by Dr. Jean Ayres
The setting in which sensory integration treatment takes place provides a variety of sensory experiences, including tactile, vestibular (pull of gravity) and proprioceptive (body awareness and movement) input. The therapist structures the session to follow the child’s ideas and leads to make the activities as meaningful as possible. The frequent use of an imaginative play theme can enhance the child’s willingness to engage in desired or challenging activities for longer periods of time. The therapist is always working to develop the just-right challenge, while giving the child ample opportunities for enhanced sensory input and success to build a stronger foundation for skills.
The Zones of Regulation Program: A Concept to Foster Self-Regulation & Emotion Control
The Zones of Regulation is a systematic cognitive behavior approach to teach students how to adjust their level of alertness to improve self-regulation, problem solving abilities, and social success. This program was designed by occupational therapist Leah Kuypers, OTR/L, M.Ed. For further information, please see www.zonesofregulation.com.
Alert Program - "How Does Your Engine Run?"
The Alert Program is an innovative program that educates children, parents, and teachers how to use appropriate stragies to change or maintain the child's states of alertness and improve self-regulation. For further information, please see www.alertprogram.com.
The Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) Approach
CO-OP approach is a client centered meta-cognitive approach that employs collaborative goal setting, dynamic performance analysis, problem solving and cognitive strategies, identified through a process of guided discovery, to enable skill acquisition, generalization and transfer. For further information, please see www.ot.utoronto.ca/coop.
Handwriting Without Tears
The Handwriting Without Tears printing and cursive program provides developmentally-appropriate, research-based, multi-sensory tools and strategies for children to master handwriting as a more comfortable skill. For further information, please see www.hwtears.com.
Loops and Other Groups
A cursive writing program that implements a kinesthetic system for improved letter analysis and more efficient motor and memory learning cues for children. For further information, please see www.proedinc.com.
Social Thinking - Michelle Garcia Winner
Woven into the sensory processing therapy sessions are key concepts of social thinking, especially "Thinking About You, Thinking about Me" and the "Incredible Flexible You" curriculum. For further information, please see www.socialthinking.com.
Social Stories by Carol Grey
We utilize the Social Story method to further help children understand challenging social situations. A social story can be a written or visual guide describing various social interactions, behaviors, skills, or concepts. For further information, please see www.thegraycenter.org.
Mind Reading & Let's Face It! Program (Yale University)
These programs are for children who have difficulty recognizing emotional expression in others.
Interactive Metronome (IM) Program
IM is not used in isolation in our practice, but rather as a tool to blend with many other foundational and engaging techniques and activities. IM is used to help kids learn to follow their own "internal timing." The Interactive Metronome program is a computer-based training program shown to improve attention, coordination, and timing in individuals with a wide variety of cognitive and physical difficulties. Research studies have demonstrated that it is particularly effective in treating individuals with ADHD. Studies have demonstrated that individuals who completed Interactive Metronome training had improved attention and focus, motor control and coordination, language processing, improved self-regulation, and improved reading and math fluency. For further information, please see www.interactivemetronome.com.
Perceptual Enrichment Program
The PEP is a non-academic cognitive and sequenced perceptual program. It is designed to improve a child’s visual perception, problem solving, sequencing, and spatial organization by teaching parts to the whole thinking. PEP facilitates a balanced coordination of the brain hemispheres, to help children develop abstract reasoning and creative problem solving in the frontal lobe.