Kids At Play Therapy provides skilled treatment using play, engaging activities, specialized equipment and caregiver/family education to provide each child an opportunity to succeed. We work closely with our families toward their goals through a supportive and empowering partnership.
Occupational therapy is a form of intervention in which the therapist and child work to develop or improve functional skills for daily living through play and specifically selected activities. Therapy targets skills required for coordination, learning, independent performance, self help skills such as feeding, dressing and grooming, attention and focus, social interaction, eye-hand coordination, self-calming, regulatory behaviors and more. Our occupational therapist’s focus on enabling children to efficiently interpret sensory information from the world around them to be able to efficiently produce appropriate motor and behavioral responses to complete everyday routines including sleeping, eating, playing bathing, dressing and participating in family activities at home and in the community. Occupational Therapists’ use a variety of treatment approaches to help improve motor skills, attention and regulation. Your therapist will provide education and develop appropriate home programs to complement the direct treatment of your child.
Feeding Therapy addresses difficulties with eating for a range of ages due to oral-motor, swallowing and/or sensory processing difficulties preventing the child from adequately interacting with and consuming foods. Approaches used by our therapists during feeding therapy sessions include The Sequential Oral Sensory Approach (S.O.S.), Food Chaining and the Food Scientist approach. Feeding therapy focuses on progressing a child’s eating and learning how to have positive, relaxed and playful interactions with both familiar (preferred) foods and less familiar (non-preferred) foods.
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs or Speech Therapists) evaluate and treat children with communication and swallowing difficulties. Speech therapists work with people of all ages to provide therapy for speech disorders, language disorders, social communication disorders, and feeding or swallowing disorders. Speech-Language Pathologists also provide and prepare augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for people with severe language disorders. Speech therapists help children engage in activities and interact with environments that support communication and progress speech and language development. During therapy, speech therapists use a variety of techniques to address speech disorders like articulation errors and fluency disorders like stuttering. Additionally, speech therapy sessions address language disorders which impact how children understand what they hear or read and also how children express their thoughts and feelings. During feeding and swallowing therapy, speech therapists help children develop skills for safe and enjoyable mealtimes.
Pediatric physical therapists (PT’s) work with children and their families to assist each child in reaching their maximum potential and to promote active participation in home, school, and community environments. Physical therapists have expertise in movement, motor development, and body function (eg, strength and endurance). PT’s also promote health and wellness as they implement a wide variety of supports in collaboration with families, communities, and other medical, educational, developmental, and rehabilitation specialists.
We offer a range of groups to support and progress a child’s therapy plan. These include handwriting, social skills and preschool language groups.
Language groups are designed to improve communication skills through facilitated play-based interactions for children with social and speech-language goals.
Social skills groups are a therapeutic solution to improving your child’s social interaction and communication skills in a small peer group setting. The focus is to work on turn taking, friendship, problem-solving, conversation skills, and more.
Handwriting groups follow the ‘Handwriting without Tears’ curriculum and help a child improve handwriting skills, fine motor strength, dexterity, and attention during seated tasks. Participants will enjoy gross motor play, arts/crafts, games, and activities to improve sensorimotor planning and visual perceptual skills.
Teletherapy is therapy over the internet when the therapist and client are not in the same location. Occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and others can provide teletherapy. Much of the Teletherapy session will be just like a regular therapy session. It is an excellent option when a face-to-face therapy session is not possible. Your therapist will guide you through the therapy session, directing you and your child in selected tasks that work towards treatment goals. You do not need to have a therapy gym at home, your therapist may suggest using some household items such as chairs, cushions, beanbags or other available items to create opportunities for specific tasks. If there are materials that are needed for the session, they are either shared on-screen, made available on the patient portal before the session, or gathered at the start of the session as part of the session plan.
Counseling services help children, adolescents and their families find strategies and skills to face and resolve present and past problems, manage and deal with transitions and upcoming changes they anticipate. Multiple approaches are utilized to create a customizable and personalized therapeutic program that best meets an individual’s needs. Kids and teens may need help and support when problems affect how well they do, feel, or act. Sometimes, entire families need support while trying to communicate, learn, create boundaries and solve problems.