Services We Provide:
Family Training/Coaching: Family Training is not exclusive to families of children with special needs. Even the most “typical” families can find themselves faced with challenging behaviors that require a special set of skills to help address their needs. Compassionate, sensitive and non-judgmental assessment of family dynamics in the home is often key to helping a child address negative and/or disruptive behaviors. Family trainers help parents understand the patterns that may inadvertently be exacerbating some of the challenges their child is facing and helps the parent to make shifts in their language and behavior. Often this will result in a reduction in maladaptive behaviors, which ultimately result in a happier child. Family trainers address children’s issues such as severe temper tantrums, not sleeping independently, rude or disrespectful behavior, messy kids, children with poor self-esteem, poor sibling relationships or other issues that create stressful home environments. Family training and coaching is extremely beneficial for both typical and Special Needs children. This service is invaluable to families looking for more peace in the home.
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA): ABA is an evidence based, intensive method of home based therapy that addresses areas of development such as communication, play skills, academics, fine and gross motor, behavioral and self help. It is an exceptionally effective method of instruction that is used to develop skills and positive behaviors while equally effective in decreasing maladaptive behaviors such as self stimulatory or aggressive behaviors.
Social Skills Groups: Small group settings allow children to practice their social, listening and language skills as well as behavioral skills. With a vast array of topics to discuss, children often need help initiating conversations, asking questions and staying on topic.
IEP Meeting Advocate: IEP Meetings can be overwhelming and intimidating for parents new to their role as advocates for their special needs child. These meetings determine the therapies or evaluations offered, along with the number of hours of a given therapy your child will be given. Despite you knowing your child best, the professionals in the room will be the ones determining what education and services your child receive. We prepare you for these meetings by providing the information and skills that will increase the odds of achieving the best outcome for your child.
At your request we will also attend the IEP meetings in order to provide support, offer expert opinions and recommendations and do so in a way that will achieve the best result for your family
Home and Community Settings: We provide therapy in a variety of settings- typically in the home or at school. Depending on the unique needs of your child, we provide therapy and support in parks, restaurants, libraries, grocery stores or others settings your child needs.
Phone Appointments: Phone Appointments can be scheduled with those who receive family training or social skills therapy and require ongoing support and guidance or for patients that are unable to attend in person appointments. Visit our Contact Us page to learn more.
Play Therapy: Special Instruction Play Therapy addresses a myriad of necessary skills for a child’s development such as attention, cognition, fine motor skills, reciprocal language and social/emotional skills.
Full or Half day ABA Therapy: Full or Half Day ABA Therapy within the home and outside to help students function more appropriately with daily living, adaptive and coping skills. These intensive teaching periods address moment to moment functioning, reduce maladaptive behaviors, help organize children so they can approach activities with more ease, provide support for more challenging daily living tasks and help parents identify how challenges can best be addressed.
Skills We Help Build
Adaptive Skills: Adaptive skills are learned behaviors that develop over time. These skills allow an individual to effectively and independently function in one’s environment and community. Examples of adaptive skills in children include: self-care skills such as dressing, feeding, toileting and grooming.
Communication Skills: Communication skills are simply understanding and using expressive language.
Social skills: Social skills define the ability to relating interpersonally with others, understanding social cues and emotions, and understanding and obeying rules and laws.
Social – Emotional Development: The ability to recognize one’s own feelings, to accurately read non-verbal cues along with the emotional states of others, to develop empathy and manage the expression of one’s own strong emotions and to develop and maintain appropriate relationships.
Non-Verbal Communication: Non-verbal communication is the process of conveying meaning without the use of language. Examples include using gestures, signs, facial expressions and eye contact.
Play Skills – Learning and Problem Solving: Children learn and problem solve through play. Interactive play promotes the understanding of new ideas, concepts such as colors, numbers and shapes, physical skills such as gross and fine motor skills. Language skills often emerge through interaction during interactive play as do social skills when a child plays and engages with others.