VILLAGE THERAPY SERVICES

We provide therapy services for children in the comfort and convenience of their natural environments where they spend majority of their time such as home, school, or daycare. Working with children in their natural environment allows the village therapists to tackle the challenges more efficiently since they are able to observe the skill or behavior in the child's natural environment. Home services are also preferred when a child has medical complexities or they are an infant, home services reduce exposure to infections. We work around families schedules, call us today to make your initial appointment!

Occupational Therapy

Pediatric Occupational Therapists evaluate and provide services to facilitate growth and independence while addressing fine motor skills, visual motor skills, and sensory processing abilities that a child needs to function and socialize.

Helps improve:

  • Upper extremity strength and coordination

  • Fine motor skills such as grasp and release of toys

  • Visual perceptual / visual motor skills such as hitting a ball or copying from the blackboard

  • Self-care skills: brushing teeth, dressing, self feeding

  • Sensory processing and modulation skills: being able to respond appropriately to environmental stimulation

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Physical Therapy

Pediatric Physical Therapists evaluate and provide services to help kids improve their range of motion, strength, flexibility, and coordinated movement patterns. They promote independence in movement facilitating the most efficient movement possible and improving their abilities to access their environment. 

Helps improve:

  • Range of motion

  • Gross motor skills

  • Balance and strength

  • Coordination

  • Functional mobility and gait (walking)

  • Assists with assistive devices such as walkers, wheelchairs, and lower extremity braces. 

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Speech Therapy

Pediatric Speech Therapists will evaluate and provide services for children 0-18 with speech and language difficulties, as well as feeding and swallowing. Evaluations can also detect hearing and word processing challenges. Additional areas of specialty are cognitive and social challenges, articulation, communication, fluency, augmentative communication (alternate ways of communicating), and voice projection.

Helps improve:

  • Verbal and non-verbal communication skills

  • Speech production

  • Articulation

  • Understanding and expressing language

  • Feeding / swallowing

  • Social skills

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Feeding Therapy

Feeding therapy can be completed by a pediatric occupational or speech therapist which, can begin as early as birth, after feeding challenges are identified. We also work closely with lactation consultants to maximize feeding success. Prior to treatment an in depth evaluation is completed to determine the kind of feeding challenge, the severity, and interventions to address the challenges. 

What Therapy Can Address

  • Oral stimulation with infants who cannot yet bottle or breast feed.

  • Tube weaning (for infants who are tube fed)

  • Interventions that promote bottle/breastfeeding

  • Feeding and dysphagia (swallowing) therapy

  • Parent and caregiver education and home exercise programs.

  • Stimulation and oral motor activities to promote the early development of speech

Signs Your Infant Has A Feeding Problem

  • Not meeting appropriate developmental milestones (ex. babbling)

  • Coughing, gagging, and/or choking during feeding sessions

  • Lacking alertness during feeding sessions

  • Poor weight gain and growth

  • Has trouble breathing while eating and drinking

  • Crying and pulling away from the bottle or breast during feeding sessions

  • Arches back or stiffens when feeding

  • Takes an extended time to eat (more than 30 minutes)

  • Refuses to eat or drink

  • Excessive drooling

  • Spitting up and/or vomiting frequently

  • Has a hoarse or raspy voice during or after feeding

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Home Programs for Self-Regulation

The Alert Program for self regulation uses the analogy of an automobile engine to introduce its concepts of self regulation. "If your body is like a car engine sometimes it runs on high, sometimes it runs on low, and sometimes it runs just right. The Alert Program will give your child the tools to be able to identify their engine speed, know which activities are best to change their engine speed, and be able to complete this independently with visuals. This service is designed to be completed in the home environment but is able to be applied in the home or school environment. This program is designed for kids 8 and up to be independently successful however works well with the younger populations when parents and teachers are able to assist. To be successful in this program 5-8 sessions is usually needed to learn the principles and get the child, parents, and teachers set up to implement the program independently. The children will be given an engine picture board to help them identify their speed and a list of activities unique to their nervous system to help them self regulate.

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Handwriting Club

Does your child need help with handwriting and other fine motor skills? Look no further we offer in home handwriting services using the Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum. You want to get a jump start on your child’s handwriting abilities or are needing strategies and interventions for improvement, we are here to assist you. Please call to inquire about specialized handwriting services.

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