Occupational therapy can help children with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills to enhance their self esteem and sense of accomplishment. Our therapist will work to to strengthen fine motor, balance, coordination, and sensory processing based on each individual’s needs. We can address issues pertaining to under and over reactive touch, taste, sound, lights, or other stimuli; poor concentration; attention to tasks; poor coordination or balance; awkwardness with motor movement; poor handwriting; difficulty with fine motor tasks and school performance; difficulty with transitions; or self help skills (feeding, dressing). These deficits can be present at birth or as a result of injury or incident during any span of development. Our services include transition based services that help with the process into adulthood with a goal of maximizing safety and independence for accessing the community, work or volunteer opportunities. As well as daily living skills. We also strive to correlate services with counselors and other providers serving individuals impacted by trauma. Our OT staff currently serve in the following settings: clinic, school, early intervention, and community based services. We are committed to helping individuals successfully complete functional tasks throughput the lifespan. We continue our training to help better meet the needs of our clients. Our wonderful OT staff have the following certification/training: Myofascial Release EI Certification Wilbarger Protocol (brushing technique, joint compressions, and sensory diet) Sensory Processing SOS approach in feeding
Speech Therapy We have a wonderful group of therapists that have a variety of training and interests. The areas that we can address in the settings of Early Intervention, community, and clinic include: comprehensive language assessment for all ages (with emphasis on birth-transition into early adulthood); oral motor function, motor-based speech delays, comprehensive feeding assessments, autism, fluency, articulation, dyslexia, oropharyngeal dysphagia, Neo-natal Abstinence Syndrome, alternative-augmentative communication, Aural Rehab, infant feeding specialties, yoga-based trauma intervention, voice disorders. Our staff members are happy to do on-site (during well check) consultations and assessments for feeding concerns. Amongst this group of therapist are the following specialized training/certifications: SOS approach for feeding MFR (Myofascial Release) Orofacial Myology Beckman Oral Motor Approach Tummy-time Method Vital Stim LSVT Selective Mutism
Our Physical Therapy team is blessed with experienced team members that have been providing services to individuals of all ages in our region. Our PT staff are EI certified, have several years of experience within the following settings: clinic, home based for EI, school, as well as community-based intervention. Our PT staff includes backgrounds in psychology, adjunct facility for PT programs, as well as exercise sport and health education, and neuro background. PT works with all ages and diagnosis with the goal of maximizing the quality, safety, and independence for individuals completing daily tasks. Out PT team have the following special certifications/training: Certified Early Intervention Providers Extensive Training in Torticollis Extensive training in Cerebral Palsy Myofascial Release Certified Infant Massage Instructor Assisting clients in obtaining orthotics and adaptive equipment
We are excited to have a registered dietitian nutritionist on our team. She has worked in clinical, community/population health, and private practice settings. She has experience with various chronic diseases and ailments. She also has nutrition counseling experience with all age groups and uses a whole-body , personalized approach to health and healing. A registered dietitian can help patients with the following: feeding concerns, disordered eating habits, weight issues, food allergies, digestive issues, genetic or autoimmune disorders, diabetes, tube feeding evaluation, ADD/ADHD and more areas where nutrition and a healthy relationship with food are a concern.
Recreational therapy is a systemic process that uses recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery, and well-being. The purpose is to improve or maintain physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual functioning in order for the patient to participate fully in life. Working to help clients and families become more informed and active participants in their own health care. Leaning how to cope with stress and reduce anxiety and depression to help them build confidence and be able to socialize in their community. Recreational therapy can help individuals from childhood to adulthood identify emotions and manage the unique stressors in their life.
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Comprehensive Feeding Assessment What is it? The mission of a Pediatric Feeding Evaluation at Kidz at Play Therapy is to provide diagnostic information as well as treatment planning options for children from birth to 18 years of age whose medical and/or developmental needs are effecting their feeding and general nutrition. We offer a comprehensive and cross-disciplinary and whole-body (child) approach to general and complex feeding difficulties. Who is it? Our team is composed of a Speech Pathologist, Physical and/or Occupational Therapist and works with each family to address the multiple factors involved with eating. Family education and training are provided as feeding is a complex network of dynamic systems. Consultations with nutrition and social work are also available as indicated. What do we provide? Therapy: The feeding program offers outpatient feeding services with Speech Therapy and Physical and/or Occupational Therapy involving regular visits to the clinic. The goal of outpatient therapy is to meet the children’s needs not only by addressing the oral-motor, sensory, and dietary needs, but also by helping caregivers develop and implement an effective home-based feeding program. The frequency of treatment and disciplines involved are based on the child’s specific needs. Our team works closely with medical provider to ensure optimal treatment outcomes and to address all areas of need involved in a child’s specific feeding disorder. Consultation: Consultative services may also be provided to families and therapists following an initial evaluation. These visits would be treated as a follow-up for additional therapeutic suggestions for those accessing local services elsewhere and/or when therapy services cannot be obtained. Pour therapists are specifically trained in the following areas/modalities: Therapeutic Tummy[-time OMT Myofascial Release SOS
Kidz at Play is offering one day a month dedicated time for the assessment of children with developmental needs. This day will focus on infants and children recently discharged from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unity (NICU) or an acute care hospital setting. The developmental physical therapy assessment will identify children at a high risk for developmental concerns and or those children requiring assessment for eligibility of rehabilitation, early intervention, and or school-based services. Evidence has shown children being discharged from the NICU would benefit from receiving a developmental assessment between 1 and 3 months of age to assist in identification of early developing motor pattern. The developmental clinic will ensure services to the child and family are accessed, rather in the clinic or home of the child. Our team is dedicated to ensuring these children and their families receive interventions for successful outcomes. R. Bertie Gatlin, PT, DSc, PCS has over 31 years of specialty clinical care in the NICU and Outpatient Developmental follow up clinics in Germantown and Memphis, TN. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Physical Therapist with clinical expertise with the high-risk infant and child population. The Developmental Physical Therapy Assessment with focus on the developmental needs of the high-risk child and their family. Standardized Assessment Tools such as the Bayley Scale of Infant Development-3, Test of Infant Motor Development, and other family centered care assessments such as the Safety Assessment of Function and Environment for Rehabilitation (SAFER) Tool may be administered. Kidz at Play has the mission to provide comprehensive services to foster development and education for individuals and families to maximize participation in daily life tasks that include community engagement. We are focused on providing excellent therapy services for those with developmental delays and challenges from birth through the continuum of life. Kidz at Play Therapy has a vision of helping to create strong family units and an all-inclusive community. Team Members: Our rehabilitation team has a combined total of over 35 yeas of experience providing therapy services in our Southwest Virginia and surrounding communities. We have a goals of providing comprehensive services for the families of our region. Based on the needs of each individual child and family, the assessment team may include the following disciplines: Physical therapy, Occupational therapy, Speech therapy, dietitian, and parenting resources. Benefits: There are vast potential benefits from comprehensive assessments of development. It can eliminate any disruption of services being received in the NICU or hospital. The assessment(s) may provide a global view of an infant/child’s deficits and recommendations for intervention.
Another program that we would like to highlight is our team approach to treating torticollis. Our PT staff has a special interest and experience in this area. They plan to pursue ongoing training. This program involves a lot of parent education and support as well. Infants with torticollis often have feeding issues/; when this is the situation, our speech and PT staff have been working collaboratively. Our speech therapy staff also have experience addressing feeding concerns related to torticollis. PT can assist with positioning during feeding to encourage improved muscle positions that can improve feeding. The earlier the intervention, will typically render more favorable results from therapy. WE are certified to service infants and their families in community settings, home setting with Early Intervention (our provides re EI certified), as well as being set up to address their needs effectively in the clinic. Our staff is eager to answer any questions and can provide further information for concerned parents/guardians and providers.
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