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Treatments Overview

Thera-Peds’ licensed healthcare professionals provide Occupational, Physical, and Speech-Language evaluation and treatment to children in their homes, schools, and the community.  We strive to provide integrated care to your child, working as a team with your child’s caregivers and physician.

Occupational Therapists are experts in fine motor, sensory processing, and feeding development.  They help your child with dressing, eating, writing, and understanding the input from the world around them so that they can coordinate movements, balance, visual perception, etc.
Physical Therapists are experts in gross motor skill development. They help your child to sit, crawl, jump, walk, and run.

Speech Language Pathologists are experts in communication development.  They help your child learn to communicate.  Some Speech Language Pathologists also help your child with feeding.

Infant Toddler Developmental Specialists are experts in global child development.  They pull together information from each of the other disciplines and apply it specifically to children under the age of 3 and work with the children’s family to help the child reach their developmental milestones.  An Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist often serves as the primary service provider for a young child and works closely with the family and the team of licensed professionals to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary treatment plan.

 

What We Treat

Sensory Processing Disorder - SPD

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a condition that exists when sensory signals don't get organized into appropriate responses. SPD is a neurological "traffic jam" that prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret sensory information correctly. A child with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks.

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Attention Deficit Disorder - ADD

The three primary characteristics of ADD/ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. The signs and symptoms a child with attention deficit disorder has depends on which characteristics predominate. Children with ADD/ADHD may be: Inattentive, but not hyperactive or impulsive.

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Autism - Pervasive Development Disorder

The term "pervasive developmental disorders," also called PDDs, refers to a group of conditions that involve delays in the development of many basic skills. Most notable among them are the ability to socialize with others, to communicate, and to use imagination. Children with these conditions often are confused in their thinking and generally have problems understanding the world around them.

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Learning Disabilities

A learning disability is a problem that affects how a person receives and processes information. Children with learning disabilities may have trouble with any of the following: Reading, Writing, Doing math, Understanding directions. There are many different kinds of learning disabilities, and they can affect people differently. It's important to note that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism are not the same as learning disabilities.

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Central Auditory Processing Disorder

Adversely affects how sound that travels unimpeded through the ear is processed and interpreted by the brain. Also known as Central Auditory Processing Disorder, children with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) do not recognize subtle differences between sounds in words, even when the sounds are loud and clear enough to be heard. They can also find it difficult to tell where sounds are coming from, to make sense of the order of sounds, or to block out competing background noises.

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Difficult Behaviors

Sometimes it's difficult to recognize the difference between a strong-willed or emotional child and one with oppositional defiant disorder. It's normal to exhibit oppositional behavior at certain stages of a child's development. Signs of ODD generally begin during preschool years. Sometimes ODD may develop later, but almost always before the early teen years. These behaviors cause significant impairment with family, social activities, school and work.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions). It's also possible to have only obsessions or only compulsions and still have OCD. OCD often centers around themes, such as a fear of getting contaminated by germs. To ease your contamination fears, you may compulsively wash your hands until they're sore and chapped.

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Behavioral and Emotional Disorder

During a child's developmental years, they are constantly growing and changing. It is imperative to note that one must keep this in mind when diagnosing and treating emotional and behavioral disorders in children. If a problem, is not temporary or short-lived, then should parents seek out a trained and qualified professional to help their children.

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Dyspraxia - Motor Incoordination

About 6-8 % of children appear to be developing in the usual way yet have difficulties with coordination and with learning new skills which affects their function and participation at home, at school and in the playground. Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity).

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Developmental Delay

As you watch your child grow, remember that each child develops at his or her own pace and the range of normal is quite wide. However, it is helpful to be aware of red flags for potential developmental delays in children. These delays are significant lags in one or more areas of emotional, mental, or physical growth. If your child experiences a delay, early treatment is the best way to help him or her make progress or even to catch up.

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Hypotonia and Hypertonicity

Hypertonic CP is derived from hypertonia, meaning heightened muscle tension, rigidity, and stiffness. Although it can be months, and sometimes years before a physician can diagnose hypertonic CP, common signs and symptoms to look out for include: Awkward, uncomfortable movements, Muscle resistance when attempting to move, Muscle spasms and spastic movements, Scissor-like movements in the legs, Poor balance, Random contractions in the muscles at any given time.

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Down Syndrome

Down syndrome is a set of physical and mental traits caused by a gene problem that happens before birth. Children who have Down syndrome tend to have certain features, such as a flat face and a short neck. They also have some degree of intellectual disability. This varies from person to person. But in most cases it is mild to moderate.

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Cerebral Palsy

The term cerebral palsy refers to any one of a number of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination but donít worsen over time. Even though cerebral palsy affects muscle movement, it isnít caused by problems in the muscles or nerves. It is caused by abnormalities in parts of the brain that control muscle movements.

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Stroke and Hemiparesis

Hemiparesis is weakness on one side of the body. You can still move the affected side of your body, but with reduced muscular strength. Health care professionals such as physical therapists and occupational therapists play a large role in assisting you in your recovery from hemiparesis. Treatment is focused on improving feeling and motor skills, allowing you to better manage your daily living.

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Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injury occurs when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction. Traumatic brain injury usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. An object penetrating the skull, such as a bullet or shattered piece of skull, also can cause traumatic brain injury. Mild traumatic brain injury may cause temporary dysfunction of brain cells.

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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