Superflex®: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum

Superflex®: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum  – More info to come!

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Interactive Metronome®

Children’s Therapy Associates, Inc. has offered the Interactive Metronome® since 2000 (IM). Studies have found that training with the IM favored enhanced learning, attention, motor planning, rhythmicity, and coordination.

The IM programming typically consists of 10-15 minutes sessions, depending upon individual client needs and goals. A recommended minimum scheduling of 10 to 15 sessions. Sessions may last 45 minutes to 1 hour each. Participants are provided with full therapeutic support throughout their sessions.

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Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system (the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord). Restrictions in the craniosacral system prevent the rhythmical flow of cerebrospinal fluid, which may compromise functions in the central nervous system. This dysfunction can manifest itself in poor health, behaviors, and attention. At CTA, Craniosacral Therapy can be used within the context of an OT session or as a separate modality.

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MPS Therapy-Microcurrent Point Stimulation

MPS therapy is the world’s first integrative therapy developed exclusively to eliminate pain. MPS therapy is based on biologically sound EBM, firmly grounded in the concepts of  acupuncture, modern neurology, micro-current stimulation, structural realignment and myofacial release(muscular relaxation) techniques. Integrating these approaches.

MPS applies non-invasive concentrated micro-stimulation (CMS) to above stages in order to isolate nerve impingement sites and myofacial restrictions & joint articulations responsible for a patient’s condition. MPS can produce superior results over traditional pain therapy techniques in a fraction of the time. Please inquire fi you feel this is something which is right for your child.

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Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS)

The SOS Approach to Feeding is a Transdisciplinary Program for assessing and treating children with feeding and weight/growth difficulties. It has been developed over the course of 20 years through the clinical work of Dr. Kay Toomey, in conjunction with colleagues from several different disciplines including: Pediatricians, Occupational Therapists, Registered Dietitians, and Speech Pathologists/Therapists. This program integrates motor, oral, behavioral/learning, medical, sensory and nutritional factors and approaches in order to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems. It is based on, and grounded philosophically in, the “normal” developmental steps, stages and skills of feeding found in typically developing children. The treatment component of the program utilizes these typical developmental steps towards feeding to create a systematic desensitization hierarchy of skills/behaviors necessary for children to progress with eating various textures, and with growing at an appropriate rate for them. The assessment component of the program makes su re that all physical reasons for atypical feeding development are examined and appropriately treated medically. In addition, the SOS Approach works to identify any nutritional deficits and to develop recommendations as appropriate to each individual child ‘s growth parameters and needs. Skills across all developmental areas are also assessed with regards to feeding , as well as an examination of learning capabilities with regards to using the SOS program.

As part of the SOS approach, CTA’s therapists  will work with professionals involved with your child’s feeding related issues.

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Therapeutic Listening™/Bone Conduction Assessment & Home Program

Therapeutic Listening™ is a form of auditory integration, which stimulates brain processing. Using headphones, a child can listen to specially filtered music tailored to their needs. A Therapeutic Listening™ assessment may include standardized and non-standardized evaluations. Specific CD’s are recommended and detailed information is provided on home programming with Therapeutic Listening™. Music delivered by a specialized Bone Conduction unit, may also be utilized in the clinic. A brief report can be written with this service.

After a Therapeutic Listening™ Home Program is begun, there may be an initial 2-3 week follow-up appointment and follow-up appointments every few weeks to monitor progress. Follow-up contacts are determined on a case-by-case basis. Phone consultation is also available as needed.

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Differential Screening Test for Processing

When parents, teachers and physicians have concerns regarding a child’s processing skills, often the Speech Language Pathologist is consulted.  As stated in the 2016 ASHA Scope of Practice, SLPs are experts at screening individuals for possible communication disorders. SLPs can create and implement effective screening programs and make appropriate referrals, which facilitates referral for appropriate follow-up in a timely and cost-effective manner (http://www.asha.org/policy/SP2016-00343/).

At CTA, the Differential Screening Test for Processing(DTSP) is administered by the Speech Language Pathologist to children suspected of experiencing challenges in processing.  The DSTP is a standardized screening tool that differentiates among levels of processing to identify deficit areas for referral or for further evaluation.

The DSTP screens 3 levels of processing:

  •  Central auditory processing
  • Processing involving the sound-symbol relationship of language
  • Language processing.

The DSTP is a valuable screening tool used as part of a complete language evaluation.  If your child is experiencing language/literacy difficulties and you are concerned regarding your child’s processing skills, please contact us.