This is a commonly used term that actually has three parts – Speech Therapy, Language Therapy and Communication Therapy. Speech Therapy addresses motor problems involving the oral structures (lips, tongue, teeth, palate, nasal cavity, breathing mechanism), where the child is unable to produce speech sounds or cannot produce them clearly. Language Therapy addresses cognitive (thinking) problems involving listening, paying attention,understanding, memory, organizing thought etc., where the child can speak but not in sentences, makes grammatical mistakes, has difficulty learning new words, and reading.
Occupational Therapy (OT) is a health care profession that helps individuals with disabilities achieve their maximum level of independence in all areas of daily living, including work, play, self care and school. Occupational therapists work in a variety of treatment setting including hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics and schools, to name a few. The information in this website is focused on OT services for preschool and school aged children. In the school setting, occupational therapists focus on the daily occupations of school life. They work with students who have disabilities to achieve success in the classroom and across all school environments. Specifically, therapists help students develop fine motor skills, visual motor (eye-hand coordination) skills, sensory regulation and physical access to help make learning and participation possible.
Special Education helps children who have difficulty in their academic performance. Special Education addresses problems in reading, writing, spelling, math and difficulties the child may face in relating, recalling and responding to even newly learnt information. Special Education involves specialized teaching methodologies, specific learning strategies and interesting learning material that will provide the child an easier way to learn and become independent. Special education is provided either in an intensive one-on-one setting or in groups where peer learning is encouraged. Special education helps the child learn to cope with their difficulties using their own strengths and can be applied in the child’s school environment itself
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that addresses dysfunctional emotions, maladaptive behaviors and cognitive processes and contents through a number of goal-oriented, explicit systematic procedures
Consists of 26 simple and pleasant movements aiming at improving learning skills through the use of both brain hemispheres. This solves to many students problems of dyslexia andhyperactivity through the use of Brain Gym. Learning is a pleasant and natural activity which goes on throughout our whole lives Learning blocks are caused by the student it's incapacity of coping with anxiety and stress derived by a task which is perceived as "too difficult" We are all more or less blocked as far as learning is concerned since we have all learned not to move.
Also referred to as Visual Motor Integration, this is the ability to control hand movement guided by vision. A child who is challenged in this area has difficulty coordinating body movements in response to what he/she is seeing. The skill areas affected in this domain are vast. Eye hand coordination affects our ability to color, draw basic strokes and pictures, solve mazes and dot-to-dot pictures, write by hand, catch a ball, bat a ball, create art, put a puzzle together, tie our shoes, build with blocks, thread a needle and use scissors to name a few.
Relationship-building describes the process of establishing emotional connections with others, starting from birth, which are based on trust and intimacy. Throughrelationships, children discover who they are and learn to understand others. Whenyoung children experience people helping, understanding, and enjoying them, theyapproach the world with openness and enthusiasm, and they grow to be responsive andcaring people.
Between reading, writing, math, social studies, and science, there's a lot of material for your child to know. Here's how to help him absorb it all. Memory is a complex process are developing a range of strategies to help them recall information. Remembering requires the ability to store information for a few seconds (short-term memory), then for several minutes while manipulating information (active working memory), and finally for an extended period of time (long-term memory). For example, when copying spelling words from the blackboard, children must first remember the sequence of letters, and then they need to write the words down without spending a lot of time looking back at the board
The tenets of art therapy involve humanism, creativity, reconciling emotional conflicts, fostering self awareness, and personal growth.
Art therapy techniques refers to:
Everything, including the human body, is composed of 99.9% energy. Clearing negative energy and maintaining a positive energy flow is essential to healing. Children have unique, dynamic energy systems. Working with their energy is an art that comes from the heart. It's also a science founded in both modern and ancient wisdom.
Yoga is a great alternative to medication. Yoga incorporates deep breathing exercises that enhance relaxation and improve self-control. These benefits spill over into the daily lives of children with ADHD and help them to improve self-esteem, do better in school and get along with others. Yoga also emphasizes maintenance of poses and relaxation. During yoga classes, teachers offer detailed and frequent instructions about muscle and joint awareness. Overall, yoga students will ultimately develop greater attention and ability to concentrate; qualities that are deficient in children with ADHD. Yoga also reduces depression, anxiety, anger and neurotic symptoms. This results in overall improvements in mental health and better life.
Diet therapy is a personalized eating program designed to address a particular medical problem or to help you lose weight for health reasons. The program is called therapy because rather than simply cutting calories, a diet therapist "prescribes" certain nutrients to treat certain diseases and conditions. The therapy might include reducing or adding certain nutrients in your diet to prevent ill health effects or to treat one or more which already exist.
Music therapy is an allied health profession and one of the expressive therapies,consisting of an interpersonal process in which a trained music therapist uses music and all of itsfacets—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual—to help clients to improve ormaintain their health. Music therapists primarily help clients improve their health across variousdomains (e.g., cognitive functioning, motor skills, emotional and affective development, behaviour and social skills, and quality of life) by using music experiences (e.g., free improvisation, singing,writing, listening to and discussing music, moving to music) to achieve treatment goals andobjectives. It is considered both an art and a science, with a qualitative and quantitative researchliterature base incorporating areas such as clinical therapy, biomusicology, musical acoustics,music theory, psychoacoustics, embodied music cognition, aesthetics of music, and comparativemusicology. Referrals to music therapy services may be made by other health care professionalssuch as physicians, psychologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists
We help the family to spend a lot and with various strategies to work on the child in fields such as special education, child development, psychology, and behavior analysis.
This will allow you to incorporate ABA throughout your day to promote language, social skills,positivebehavior, or any skills your child is working on. Getting training yourself will also allow youto conduct some of your child's sessions yourself, saving your family money.
When counselling children (ages 2 - 12 years old we use play therapy. Your child is seen in a fully equipped playroom with specially chosen toys that will allow the safe expression of feelings and support the development of healthier behaviors. Initially, you and your child come into the playroom together. When your child feels comfortable with you leaving the playroom, the rest of the session and the following sessions are conducted with your child only in the playroom. This allows your child a chance to express feelings and concerns without having to worry about upsetting you. Parentcounselling services, who are looking for some guidance on issues relating to their child. With these services, you will learn to deal more effectively with your child and his or her behaviors. In providing counselling services to parents, I take a collaborative approach. I work by offering ideas to you and also by asking for your suggestions so that together we can determine what is best for you and your child.
Our goal for family counselling is to strengthen the relationships between all family members so that the family becomes a source of support to its members. Family counselling may involve sessions with your entire family together, or with various combinations of family members.
With filial play therapy, one parent and one child work together in therapy. You, as a parent, learn basic play therapy skills for use with your own child.
Filial play therapy follows a 3-step process: