Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapy

Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy (PT)

Physical therapy is designed to meet each client’s specific needs and conditions (related to genetic, neurological and orthopedic disorders) to reach his or her appropriate developmental milestones, and work to develop beneficial exercises, therapy and experiences.  Through the therapy, each client is challenged to explore and stimulate motor ability:

  • Neural centers: groups of the nerves that work together to produce movement
  • Vestibular system: the sensory system that controls balance and coordination with movement
  • Sensory organs: ears, eyes, mouth, skin and nose
  • Muscles

Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)

Articulation refers to the way we produce speech sounds. An articulation disorder refers to errors in our speech sounds by mispronouncing, substituting, omitting, or adding sounds. We use all of our articulators to produce speech sounds; lips, teeth, tongue, cheeks, vocal tract, jaw, soft palate, and uvula. It is in the way we utilize our articulators that affects our speech intelligibility.

Speech Language Pathologist help to:

Improve functional communication (Basic Communication)

Early intervention speech therapists are not concerned with how clearly a toddler is able to produce sounds and word, they are concerned with how well a toddler is able to get their wants and needs met; that is how functional is their communication? Some children may not be ready or able to use words to communicate, they may benefit from alternate forms of communication, such as signs or picture exchange programs.

Improve language comprehension

Speech therapy is not all about using words, it is also about how a toddler understands language. Are they able to follow simple routine directions, can they find/show the correct object when asked, do they respond to their names, do they seem to understand new words? If a toddler is having difficulty understanding language they will have difficulty using language to get their needs met.

Improve social interactions/engagement

We use more than words to communicate. We use gestures, body language and facial expressions. Children who are not engaging with others by including them in their play, using gestures (i.e., pointing, reaching, showing, etc.), or taking turns during social games (e.g., peek-a-boo), will need to learn these skills before they can be expected to communicate functionally.

Occupational Therapy (OT)

CARE recognizes the importance multidisciplinary services for individuals with developmental, sensory, & cognitive disabilities and therefore, supports and promotes acquisition of independence within "occupations," or daily activities.  Some of these occupations include focus on academics, play and leisure, social participation, self-care skills and transition/work skills. Occupational therapy’s expertise includes activity and environmental analysis and modification with a goal of reducing the barriers to participation by offering prevention, promotion, and interventions.

We provide services for children and adolescents with a variety of diagnoses, including Autism, ADD/ADHD, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, as well as many other developmental delays.

Occupational Therapist tailors around an individual’s specific needs and levels of ability.  OT utilizes creative, evidence-based intervention approaches to develop client centered treatment plans to help children, teens, and young adults increase their independence and participation in daily activities:

  • Self-Care
  • Delay Gratification
  • Sensory Processing
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Balance & Coordination