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Comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic intervention services

Since 1995, Thera-Peds was found with the goal to be an unique, private, pediatric therapy practice that provides Occupational, Speech, Physical, and Behavioral therapy services, along with Early Intervention / ITDS (Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist) services to clients from birth to 18 years of age. We provide in-home, daycare school, facility and natural environment services to Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Our Therapists

Our therapists are pediatric specialists with certifications and expertise in NDT (neuro developmental treatment), SI (sensory integration), and ABA (applied behavior analysis). Many of our therapists are bilingual, including sign language and have a broad knowledge base of skills.

Mission and Philosophy

Our mission and philosophy is to provide comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic intervention services to a variety of developmental diagnoses and challenges, and to design an individual treatment plan that includes the needs and priorities of the family. Our therapists work closely with parents, teachers, and caregivers to instruct and review home programs to promote continued progess and maximize functional outcomes.

Our focus is a team centered approach that provides our children with the skills, knowledge, and opportunity to meet developmental milestones, along with fostering self esteem, independence, self satisfaction, and success, all to reach their full potential.

Therapeutic Services

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) is the use of assessment and treatment to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of child with a physical, mental, or cognitive disorder. Pediatric Occupational therapists focus their work on identifying and eliminating environmental barriers to independence and participation in daily activities. Occupational therapy is a child-centered practice that places emphasis on the progress towards the child's goals. Occupational therapy interventions focus on adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating the child/family in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities, particularly those that are meaningful to the child.

Speech

Speech Language Pathology is divided into three fundamental fields: voice (vocal damage due to illness and/or trauma), speech (the coordinated muscle movements necessary to produce speech), and language (communication of ideas and feelings). Each field contains its own set of disorders and disabilities that may be addressed through therapy provided by a speech language pathologist. Voice: constant hoarseness, repeating laryngitis, vocal cord paralysis, vocal nodules, and loss of voice (aphonia). Speech: articulation disorders, phonological processing disorders, stuttering, dysarthria, apraxia, and accent reduction. Language: expressive language disorders, receptive language disorders, specific language impairment, auditory processing disorders, and aphasia

Physical Therapy

The Physical Therapy evaluation and treatment are provided upon receipt of a physician prescription. General indications for physical therapy are as follows: Abnormal muscle tone, impaired balance, abnormal reflexes, impaired coordination, impaired sensorimotor function, postural asymmetry, poor postural control and decreased mobility. Medical conditions which may indicate the need for physical therapy intervention but are not limited to: Neuromuscular skeletal dysfunction, Down's syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Autism, Gross Motor Dysfunction, Traumatic Brain Injury. The child is assisted through play and therapeutic exercise so that his or her maximal level of independence may be achieved.

Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral therapy is a treatment that helps change potentially self-destructing behaviors. It is also called behavioral modification or cognitive behavioral therapy. Medical professionals use this type of therapy to replace bad habits with good ones. The therapy also helps you cope with difficult situations. It is most often used to treat anxiety disorders. However, you donít have to be diagnosed with a mental health disorder to benefit. Behavioral therapy is used by psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and other qualified medical professionals. It is usually used to help treat anxiety and mood disorders. This therapy is also used on patients with chronic diseases to help manage pain. For example, cancer patients use learned techniques to better cope with radiation therapy.

WHAT WE TREAT

  • Sensory Processing Disorder - SPD
  • Attention Deficit Disorder - ADD
  • Autism - Pervasive Development Disorder
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Difficult Behaviors
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - OCD
  • Behavioral and Emotional Disorder
  • Dyspraxia - Motor Incoordination
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD
  • Developmental Delay
  • Hypotonia and Hypertonicity
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Stroke and Hemiparesis
  • Brain Injuries

PROBLEMS ADDRESSED

  • Auditory Processing Skills
  • Sensory Modulation and Adaptive Behavior
  • Visual Motor Skills
  • Respiration
  • Balance and Equilibrium
  • Oral Motor Skills
  • Handwriting and Fine Motor Skills
  • Strength and Endurance
  • Visual Perceptual Skills
  • Self-Care and Self-Help Skills
  • Postural Stability and Hypotonia
  • Articulation Skills
  • Ocular Motor Skills
  • Sensorimotor Coordination and Dyspraxia
  • Speech and Language Delay
  • Proper Tool and Toy Use