Skills for Everyday Life!
In its simplest terms, occupational therapy providers help people over come the barriers of participating in the things they want and need to do in life through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). They look at what's the thing they need to do (self care skills, social skills, participation in school etc.) and what's keeping them from that (attention, sensory integration, motor skills etc). Treatment addresses both the underlying challenge and the functional skill.
Here are a few signs your child could benefit from Occupational Therapy:
- Easily Distracted
- Overly Sensitive to Touch, Movement, Sounds or Sights
- Clumsy / Uncoordinated
- Picky Eater
- Difficulty Holding a Pencil or Handwriting (3+)
- Poor Social Interaction
- Inability to "Unwind" or "Self-Regulate" emotions
Picky Eater or Problem Feeder?
Feeding therapy, is provided by a trained occupational or speech therapist to teach your child how to eat or eat better. During the evaluation process, we will discover your child’s underlying issues to eating. This may be sensory, motor, or a combination of both.
Here are common reasons while children get feeding therapy:
- Picky Eater
- Difficulty Chewing
- Chokes / Coughs while eating
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Poor Nutrition
- Only eats one texture or food type
- Poor self regulation at meal time
Flourishing in Life Through Participation
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a therapy based on the science of understanding and improving learning and behavior.
Behavior analysis helps us understand:
- How behavior works
- How behavior is affected by the environment
- How learning takes place
The goal is to increase behaviors that are helpful and decrease behaviors that are harmful or affect learning.
ABA can help with the following difficulties:
- Self Injury
- Tantrums and Outbursts
- Decreased attention
- Poor social skills
- Poor memory
- Challenges with academics
Talking, Understanding, & More!
On the surface level, the process of communicating seems very simple. However, it is actually a very complex process. Breakdowns can happen at many levels. When breakdowns happen, a child may have difficulty developing age appropriate speech or language skills. Often this causes children frustration and even sadness when they are not understood.
Speech Therapy can help children meet their age appropriate goals in the following areas:
- Sound Production
- Social Communication
- Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)
- Hearing/ Aural Rehabilitation
- Swallowing and Feeding
Strength, Movement, & More!
Physical therapy helps children reach their maximum potential of movement, motor development, strength, and endurance.
Physical Therapy can help with:
- Delays in development, such as walking without falling.
- Movement and mobility
- Motor and strength developmental milestones.
- Recovery from sports- and non-sports-related injuries
- Posture, positioning, and lifting objects.
- Muscle weakness or imbalances.
- Nerve/muscle conditions, such as Cerebral Palsy.
- Cardiopulmonary endurance.
- Orthotics and prosthetics.
Experiencing a Life You Love!
Parenting is a hard job! TheraTree provides Mental Health Therapy (sometimes called Counseling) for both children and parents of children who receive any type of therapy at TheraTree. Mental Health Therapy is an ongoing, collaborative process. The therapist offers a safe space for a client to feel heard without judgement or criticism.
The client and therapist work together to:
- Decrease Depression
- Reduce Stress and Anxiety
- Increase Self-Esteem and Self-Worth
- Develop new and strengthen existing relationships
- Discover inner strengths and abilities
- Identify and process negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions
- Regulate mood and express emotions appropriately
- Better communicate personal wants and needs
- Create new habits and routines that help to feel more productive and accomplished
- Regain control of your life
Sensitive Santa is an event for families with children with all spectrums of special needs, providing a more controlled and welcoming environment to visit The Santa Photo Experience.
Simple adjustments are made to reduce sensory stimuli (muted lights, music, and waiting to visit Santa at activity tables) to create a calming environment.
Join us December 3rd from 9 a.m.-12 P.M. The event is free, and Santa photo packages will be available for purchase.