Lakeyn met a great milestone. One of her goals we had been working on is to be able to sit and have fun on the swing. She met that goal. Here she is sitting on the swing and having fun. She also is having fun building the potato head. Her family just got her a swing and mom reported that she loves to swing. The swing helps to calm her down. We are very proud of her !
When Samuel started with therapy he was not able to do simple tasks for himself. He was not able to make himself a snack when he was hungry. He would wait for his mom to make him a snack. One of his goals was for him to be able to make himself a snack. He can make a sandwich for himself (peanut butter and jelly) as well as he can make mac and cheese in the microwave. He is showing improvements in following the instructions as well as using safety precautions with the microwave. I observed how his confidence is growing and he is becoming a more independent young man
Jayleigh is doing big things in occupational therapy. We have been working in previous weeks on getting her comfortable sitting on the therapy ball to do activity. Today Jayleigh was sitting on the ball and reaching in different planes to obtain pieces to a game! She was happy and cheerful for the duration of the activity. Jayleigh even layed supine on the ball to reach game pieces that were in the floor behind her. This was a task that was very scary for Jayleigh but today she was able to overcome that fear and layed back not once..but twice on the ball!! We are so proud of this accomplishment!Great job Jayleigh!
Winston has improved his verbal and social skills tremendously since beginning his treatment at TheraTree. This week we began working on statements, as Winston will verbalize one word indicators, but has not yet figured out how to put a statement together. Winston and his Therapist played with a toy dinosaur and practiced hugging the "stuffy" and verbalizing, "I love you.", "You are so sweet.". Within an hour, Winston began mimicking holding the dinosaur like a baby and verbalized, "So, sweet!". Way to go, Rockstar! 💫
Haley began her journey with TheraTree eating less than 20 different foods and with concerns for her nutrition. She was unable to remain seated at the table for mealtimes, preferring to snack throughout the day. Now she is eating a wide variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, and meat. She is also able to stay seated at the table during her mealtimes and overall enjoys her meal. We are so proud of you Haley! Congratulations on your graduation from TheraTree!
"We LOVE TheraTree! Ms. Neal has been nothing but great to Lila! Lila absolutely loves Ms Neal. We've been going for near a year now & I've seen so much progress in Lila & I can't wait to see the growth she continues to make as we continue to go here!"
Henry met a goal today! When we started he was not able to maintain his balance in the swing. He would just fall out of the "hammock" swing . He would get loud when moving in the swing and would not be able to do activity in the swing. Today he met a goal. He was able to move his body in the swings without losing his balance. He was also able to find objects placed between the different layers in the swings . He showed great attention and the ability to follow 1 step verbal command. What a achievement for him!
My child began Theratree a year ago after being dismissed from services due to not progressing and that was a blessing in disguise! The entire Theratree staff, Jordan, Neal, and Toni has made a huge positive impact on my child’s life! They are always encouraging and exceeding beyond from speech to OT, sensory and behavior needs. Theratree truly cares for my child and devote themselves to my child needs as well hear my concerns and educates for home care needs! My child was completely nonverbal and now communicates using sign language/verbally communicate and express sensory needs. They are continuing working and pushing my child to learn greater! Theratree has been such a positive experience for my child! Always Great! Staff is always very friendly! It’s amazing to see the compassion each staff member has for their clients! You definitely won’t regret choosing TheraTree!
This was a great milestone. Weylin was willing to play with the fake snow in our sensory bin. He did not get upset or shook the snow flakes everywhere. He was able to play with his brother. He was also smiling!
The Hoge Family
Battling the spread of COVID-19 has been difficult for everyone. Schools are closed, only essential employees are working, and the community is practically quarantined while practicing social distancing.For my autistic daughter this time has been especially difficult. Her routine has changed, she's stuck at home, and I have been terrified of regression.
Elijah came to TheraTree struggling with rushing through every task to be able to "play", as he does not like to complete anything he considers "work". We have been working on completing a puzzle for weeks, but Elijah consistently lets his emotions get the best of him, which has resulted in zero completed puzzles over the course of several weeks. Well, that was until today!! Let's all take a moment to celebrate Elijah for completing not only one puzzle today, but two!! 🙌🏼 WOOOHOOO!! We are so proud of you Elijah, for reaching this milestone! This is such a HUGE accomplishment for you! ♥️
Bethany and Landry
Telehealth has truly provided my 19 month old great help on learning new words. She started with maybe 1 or 2 words and now she has 8-9 mastered words and a few others she is starting to say! Telehealth has provided wonderful strategies for me to use at home, while having her therapist also be able to provide me feedback and also see my daughter in her home environment. If we didn’t have telehealth with TheraTree we would not have the progress that we have today!
Bree was able to use her right and left hand to put the wreath on the wall! She used less compensation movements (meaning her movement is better). She also needed NOT support from her right shoulder!! So proud of you!!
Jamie, Rocky's mom
Winston continues to blow us away with passing milestones this month! Little man is on a roll!! 💥Winston and I have been working on puzzles all week long and he has continued to become frustrated while working on the puzzles. Winston would begin crying when he could not match the next piece and push the puzzle away. He was prompted each practice to ask "Help, please", if he needed help. I am happy to announce that today after 4 days of prompting, Winston manded "Help, please", when he got stuck on his puzzle and then, asked "Help, please", AGAIN when he could not get his lunchbox open! WOO HOO!! Keep crushing your goals little man!! We are beyond proud of you, bud!
I couldn't be more grateful for the stability that our weekly TheraTree appointments have provided during the unpredictable ups and downs of 2020 and beyond. The quick adaptation toward telehealth has given us a solid touch point in our week that we could count on when everything else was cancelled! It made a world of difference for Evan to have a safe space to share whatever was on his mind and to work through the challenges the year brought. I have continued to be impressed with the professionalism of Evan's therapists. They are clearly very well trained in how to engage with kiddos who aren't sure how to express their struggles and frustrations. They continue to bring varied activities to the online sessions even after a year. Evan's interactions with TheraTree have always been positive. I sincerely believe his therapy sessions have helped him to identify, express, and deal with social, emotional, academic, and even physical frustrations. We are thankful to have access to services.
Maverick graduated!! In 5 months he met all of his goals for playing with others, strengthening his hands, and toileting. Maverick was such a fun and playful kid we loved watching him grow and shine during his time with TheraTree. You're awesome Maverick!
The Nix Family
I personally want to say how thankful I am for the speech therapy that my son Ledger Nix has been receiving before and during the Covid-19 outbreak. Ledger is only 3 and I was concerned about his speech once he started to try to speak and I as well as others couldn’t necessarily understand him. He would get frustrated because he was trying so hard and knew what he was trying to say and we couldn’t decipher most of it. He rocked it immediately and it’s because of Mrs. Toni’s patience and willingness to listen to my concerns. For only going 30 minutes a week, Ledger really picked up fast In my opinion.
When the office was closed down I was nervous at first about how the telehealth was going to work for him because of him being 3 and around his things to play with. I was afraid he wouldn’t give his full attention and there have been times he hasn’t, but I feel he’s doing a lot better with his attention span and he focuses during the session because of his teacher!!! I feel he has grown even more now. He has hit several milestones and he tries super hard to master a word or sound. I am beyond grateful for this opportunity to improve my child’s speech with the help of Mrs. Toni and TheraTree.
Thanks Again from the Nix family.
Mrs. Alyssa has been working with a Tanner, who has had challenges with various textures on his hands, including wet and sticky textures. Now he is now able to finger paint, as well as make hand prints with paint! This skill is important because it impacts his diet and ability to complete self-care tasks. I'm so proud of his success and can't wait to see what he accomplishes next!
Mrs. Alyssa has been working with Xander, who has had challenges with avoiding obstacles and moving too fast when in the gym. He can now move his body on his stomach on a scooter board without hitting any obstacles! This skill is important because it helps him to navigate his environment at an appropriate speed and know where his body is. We are so proud of his success and can't wait to see what he accomplishes next!
Melissa Bellows, mother of Samantha
My daughter started working with Dale over three years ago because I was concerned about her ADHD and fine motor skills. He tested her and began working with her while she was in Head Start. Soon after, Candi took his place and my daughter loves her. They do puzzles, color, games, paint, cut, shoe tying and much more. Not only are fine motor skills being worked on, but her attention skills are too. I am able to call her OT for any concerns or problems that I may have. An example was when I was concerned about her sensory problems so a sensory profile was done on her. They helped my daughter get over most of her sensory disorders by showing me techniques to work with her on and they gave me a sensory brush to use on her body. I am very pleased with this company. She feels welcome and the therapist are always positive with the children and the parents. Thank you for all you do for Samantha, we love this company.
Dani achieved a HUGE milestone in occupational therapy! She completed the ENTIRE box of sorting bears, which has over 90 bears of various colors. She did this task with minimal redirections and no aversions. She stayed at the table for the entire task!
Dani used to really struggle with sorting. This task would become overwhelming for her, and would often lead to her avoiding the task or having a meltdown. Dani was able to utilize deep breaths and hand squeezes to stay calm and get the job done today! We are so, so proud of you Dani.
Keep working hard. You are going to do great things!
April, mother of Gannon
What a HUGE success this week has been with OT! Gannon met not one, not two, but THREE goals! He continues to work hard everyday and today he showed exactly what he is capable of. I am so proud of him! It is truly a blessing to see just how far he has come.
I can not thank Shante enough for stepping in and through telehealth continuing his care with so much love and support. I am grateful for these sessions and all the hard work you put into this. Telehealth has allowed me to be even more hands on, to ask questions, to learn new techniques, and to continue teaching new skills at home.
These circumstances are not easy. It is because of OT’s like Shante, ALL of the staff at Theratree, and the dedication of parents/caregivers that these children, like mine, will succeed.
Keep up the great work and stay safe,
April and Gannon.
Today Kentley rode the scooter around the hallway of the clinic to find pieces to the potato head and put them in the potato. Last week, I attempted to get Kentley to sit on the scooter and he ran away from it and began playing with all the other toys. He has had difficulty with attending to a specific task for any given period of time. However, when on the scooter today, Kentley rode the scooter around for 4 minutes. He did require some verbal cueing to continue but he was able to follow cues and attend to the task and remain on the scooter. This is such a great accomplishment! Way to go Kentley!
Jayleigh is doing so well in therapy! Yesterday, Jayleigh was able to move around in the ball pit more independently. In previous sessions, she would stand up in the ball pit and walk over the balls to find objects that were placed in the ball pit. Today she sat down in the ball pit and even buried herself under the balls. She even demonstrated looking for hidden objects by placing her head under balls to look deeper into the ball pit. This is such a great success as she demonstrates increased movement without upset. Great job Jayleigh!!
Solomon has been going to Occupational Therapy for a short period. He experienced difficulty with attention and to move his body in the ball pit with less impulsivity. Not getting too excited and toss the balls every where and then just dart off to do something else. Today he met that goal - improved attention to activities, enjoying moving his body in the ball pit and not getting "scared". Also able to complete a task when he needed to move his body in space. This is important for him to be able to participate in social activities. He is such a great young man!!!
Sawyer been working on maintain his balance while playing. We had been working on moving his body on the swing without crying or falling off. He was able to come up with the activities. Sawyer showed the ability to reach for objects on the floor and the turn his body around and put it on the "worm" on the other side. He shows positive emotions and is having fun. THis improved skills help him to run and jump without losing his balance. This is improving his play skills with his peers and siblings. What a great accomplishment
This young girl is amazing. Here we are working on accuracy on control as well as stability from her shoulder girdle to her wrist. We work on scooping with the spoon without increased rotational movements of her wrist. Caidence also was working on control of pouring the content into the right containers. As well as crossing her midline and use her left hand for support. She was very proud of herself. We use this task to work on her ability to do more activities independently at home. Today she was less aware of the textures and that she could get dirty. She was very willing to follow the instructions and she wanted to be successful!
Adonis came to TheraTree unable to follow directions without several requests from an adult. When transitioning to another area, Adonis would often throw a tantrum if he did not want to leave the current area he was in. Today we practiced completing an activity and then immediately transitioning to another area. Adonis was able to transition to another area without any significant behavior in ten out of ten trials today!! Adonis also followed the instructions "This way, please.", in ten out of ten trials with only one verbal request from his therapist! Way to go little man!! We LOVE watching you GROW here at TheraTree! 🥳
Wendy Fitzgerald, Andy’s Mom
"My son started at TheraTree almost 2 years ago. At the time he was missing milestones and I could tell he had some sensory issues. TheraTree has helped Andy in so many ways. He has overcome challenges in his everyday life and has overcome some sensory issues. Cole has helped him at first to brush his teeth correctly and overcome sensory issues such as hair cutting, using a toothbrush and food textures. Cole has also been helping my son with being able to stay on task and stay focused when he is overstimulated. Cole has taught Andy to take turns and to be able to share with others. Since Andy has been going to TheraTree he is more focused, and is right on track. Andy has developed new motor skills and social skills. Andy has become a brighter kid. Thank you TheraTree and Cole for all you do for us! "
Aaliyah had been coming for therapy for a while. She showed difficulty with transition to any activity. She would fall and scream and not able to go to the swings or do any activity. Today we met many goals. She requested to be on the bolster swing. She is able to sit on the swing and maintain her balance. More positive emotions and great attention. We are having lots of fun together and she started to even fall off the swing to crash on the crash pads were it is safe. So proud of her progress. Look how proud she is!
Rhiannon graduated!! Woohoo! She's such a sweet kiddo always eager to share and play with others. She met all of her goals to move around during play with a supportive core and she's now eating a diet with diverse foods and will even try new foods. Rhiannon skyrocketed through her goals in 4 months! Keep shooting for the stars friend!
Nick had been coming consistently to therapy for years. He met one of his newest goals! He can stand and move his body in space on a standing scooter without losing his balance
"I am doing it. Did you see how I came around the corner?"
We celebrate with Nick's success!!
Prior to starting speech therapy we had tried occupational therapy to see if it would help with some of Bristols anxious habits we were seeing form. I had addressed the issue with her pediatrician and occupational therapy was what he thought may help. While trying OT, she met her goals quickly and with ease. It was at this time that I was also really beginning to notice some speech issues that I was concerned with for her age. There was a speech evaluation available and I set up the appointment and I am so glad I did. Where Bristol was meeting her goals with OT her anxious habits were still an issue. Once we had the evaluation we started seeing Ms. Neal to help improve Bristols speech. Since being in speech therapy Bristol is now speaking so much better and to where others can understand more of what she says compared to before we began. While I am so proud of her improvements I am also so glad to say that her confidence has grown! She now doesn't seem as anxious and has left some of those habits behind. I without a doubt feel like her ability to communicate better with others has helped her be more confident in her self and allows her to not be so afraid or quiet when around peers and adults. I am so grateful for the work and dedication that TheraTree and Ms. Neal has given to my daughter!
We are so proud of you Cody! Cody had a milestone moment this past weekend riding his bike. You worked hard and we are so proud of you. 🌟🌟🌟👏❤️
Your child having obstacles with daily activities? Please take advantage our our free developmental check https://zurl.co/FtMf
Greyson and I have been working on giving up his phone while he does other things. If he wants to swing now he will give me his phone. He also gives me his phone while he is doing his school work. If he wants his phone back he will give me the picture of Mickey and he knows I will give him his phone back. Today was a very big day for us. Today Greyson hugged me for the very first time and he kissed my hand. Greyson had no behaviors today, he did not bite himself he did not scream. When he leaves for the day we go and say goodbye to others. Today he gave me his phone while we went and said goodbye. He is making amazing strides.
"Grant, 2 years old, has been receiving OT and Speech therapy services at Theratree for about a year and a half now. Kaitlin, OT, Toni, SLP, and Taylor, SLP, have worked with him regularly and I am pleased with his steady progress. Grant calms and focuses better when OT sensory techniques (such as vibrations and heavy work) are provided by a caregiver. Grant has a sensory diet, prescribed by his OT, so if activities are done daily, Grant has a better chance of self-regulating long-term, thus setting him up for success with new learning (post-anoxic brain injury). Speech therapists have encouraged his learning through play, singing songs, repetition and movements, as well as incorporating sensory techniques for increased focus and carryover of language development. Grant loves singing "Itsy bitsy spider" and "Daddy finger, Mommy finger…" Grant has decreased episodes of throwing his head back when upset, uses more words like "HELP" to express his needs and has improved self-feeding/drink"
Judson GRADUATED from Occupational Therapy! He has met all of his therapy goals. Judson has worked super hard on upper extremity strength, fine motor skills, balance, and self-regulation during his time here at TheraTree. He achieved his goals both through telehealth sessions and in-person at the clinic! Judson has worked so hard during his sessions- We are thrilled to share his success!
Teresa, TheraTree Parent
I just wanted you to know that I am noticing my child is using the techniques you are teaching him for fluency and they are helping. I asked him if he thought ST was helping and he said YES! He said just what he has learned after 2 sessions has helped a bunch! He said he had been able to get through a few of the phone calls at work that previously he had not been able to do due to the stuttering. Thank you so much!
April and Gannon
Gannon struggles with social interactions, even communicating with family over facetime is hard for him. Since he was on the struggle bus today I was very worried that the session would not go so well. Toni and Kelly, you ladies killed it. Having the session on zoom made it much more interactive. The websites that you guys used this week were so fun, colorful and kept him interested. They kept me interested, and wanting to work more with him. We were able to test Gannon’s knowledge and understanding of colors and numbers. It gave us all a real time assessment of what he can do and what he truly knows.
I know that these circumstances are horrible, but I love the fact that you are able to see him at home where he is more comfortable, and completely in his element. It shows you a different side of him and lets you get to know him and us more. I am blown away with all the hard work and dedication, you all ( the entire staff) are putting into making this (Telehealth) successful. It is because of this hard work and dedication that our family and other families like mine will succeed. This is uncharted territory and a challenge I am sure. Keep it up, you are all doing amazing, you are making a difference!!!
Tristan met his goal of tying his shoes independently. What a huge accomplishment! When Tristan started occupational therapy at TheraTree, his fine motor skills made tying shoes difficult which often resulted in him getting mad and trying to give up. After strengthening his hands, practicing tying laces on and off his feet, and persevering when it got tough, Tristan is now able to tie his shoes on his feet during sessions and even at home! He even waited to show off his celebration dance until he was fully confident in his shoe tying abilities. Never give up Tristan, you are doing awesome!
Tammy Wathen, mother of Aaron
I met Dale Lynn in 1999. He has worked with 2 of my boys. Currently working with my son Aaron and has since he was a toddler. Aaron is 10 now. Such a great impact has been made in Aaron's life from what he has learned through therapy with Mr. Dale. Aaron was able to receive an Ambucs trike and there was never a hesitation of it being approved for his use through his OT. Dale went beyond his therapy and assembled the trike for Aaron, sent pictures while he was assembling it and also delivered it to our home. I believe any therapist that works at Lynn Occupational Therapy truly does it for the love of children. Your child will never be a number but, loved and helped. Parents will get great input and any support they can help you with. Aaron has been introduced to many calming and coping techniques. Sensory, vestibular, gravitational insecurity help, fine motor, (love brush therapy) thanks for teaching that and joint compression techniques writing,sensory room,etc...I could go on and on because he is so special for my son and our family and to other families. Thanks Dale Lynn for loving and helping children.
Congratulations Natalie for meeting all of your goals and graduating #OccupationalTherapy!🌟 We are so proud of your hard work and progress! ✨
Maggie reached her goal! Maggie's goal was to complete interoception awareness activities with 60% accuracy on 3/4 trials. Interoception is defined as the perception of sensations from inside the body. Maggie has been practicing labeling how her body feels during different emotions. She has been averaging approximately 80% accuracy on 3/4 trials for 3 weeks in a row. Most recently, she achieved 4/4 trials! Way to go, Maggie!
Jennifer Hurm, mother of Kaylin and Carye
Being a homeschool mom comes with abundant joy! It can also include considerable challenges, especially when your children face delays and hardships. For most of our first grade year my twins struggled in many areas of learning, focus, and development. Most of our days were long and often not without tears. Sometimes even Mom had tears. I knew in my heart that I had been lead to homeschool. I also knew I would never give up. I believe this is the only option for our family.
Lakeyn is progressing so well in therapy! She had a great day! She is improving with her ability to tolerate movement. She sat on the therapy ball with no screaming or crying. She even wanted slow bouncing on the ball today! Great day!
A TheraTree Family
Our daughter has improved so much with understanding and regulating her emotions and knowing when she's approaching sensory overload. She knows her triggers and can tell us when she needs a break. As a family, we have learned so many tools to help her! OT has greatly improved her struggles with sensory processing disorder.
"Tara is fantastic! She has established great goals and realistic strategies to help meet my child’s needs. I love the option of Telehealth to make scheduling easier and helping to ensure my son can attend the therapy he needs." -Bethany
Jamie O'Bryan, Teacher
I first began working with Dale in the school system in 2007. From the very beginning I new he had a passion and love for kids and their success that is very rare. He has always gone above and beyond for us. He is determined to see kids succeed, no matter what it takes. Anytime I need help with anything he is happy to help me. Several times on his days off, he has come to help us with tasks that aren’t even his responsibility. That’s just the kind of special person he is. Not only does he have a love for the kids, the kids have a love for him. They meet him at the door each week. If you have a child who needs help with fine motor abilities, sensory issues, attention span, communication devices, behaviors, adaptive skills, functional abilities, social skills, (the list goes on and on), Dale can help. Nothing is too much of a task for him. Just recently, Dale helped me program a communication device and fixed parts on a wheel chair for me that I couldn’t wait to have fixed by the technician. He truly is a jack of all trades. I have also had the pleasure of working with Dales assistants, and I can say after working with them that he does a great job of picking individuals to work for him. Their character and love for the kids is very genuine. My students enjoy working with them, and look forward to Thursdays when it is OT day.I am so glad I am able to work alongside him and his assistants. They change lives, and I am so blessed to have the opportunity to see it happen firsthand.
Kyle Hall, Elementary School Teacher
After several months of scrambling for the words to describe Lynn Occupational Therapy, I realized that my words couldn’t express how AWESOME Lynn’s Occupational Therapy is, so I asked my students.
When presented with the question, what do you like about Mr. Dale? One of my Third Grader grade students replied,
“He likes to have fun. “
“I love Mr. Dale”
“He helps people who needs help”
I asked a Second Grader, What do you like about Mrs. Jessica? He replied,
“Her is nice.”
“Her likes to work puzzles.”
“Her plays games.”
When I went to visit Lynn Occupational Therapy outpatient clinic, I was overwhelmed by how friendly the staff was, and by the amount of techniques,teaching methods, and technology that Lynn OT utilizes. I recall one enthusiastic client expressing his excitement for the sensory playground and the Brian Gym activities. If your looking for services that put the client’s needs first, and handles every case with excitement and professionalism than Lynn Occupational Therapy is for you. In short this teacher gives Lynn Occupational Therapy an A+!