Occupational Therapy

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We offer a variety of options in our OT program.

Sensory Integration

Sensory Integration is based on the work of Jean Ayres and purports the theory that “Learning is dependent on the ability to take and process sensation from movement and the environment and use it to plan and organize behavior” (Bundy, et al, 2002).

 

Many children with developmental difficulties experience differences in sensory modulation, or the ability to perceive incoming sensory stimuli and organize the information to produce an adaptive response. Some signs of these difficulties are as follows:

 

  • Over- and/or under- reactivity to sensations such as textures, tastes, smells, and/or visual experiences.
  • Clumsiness
  • Difficulty organizing materials
  • Difficulty or clumsiness with tool use
  • Standing too close or too far from others during interactions
  • Extreme emotional reactions and/or difficulty with transitions
  • Tendency to watch (or sometimes avoid) peers rather than interact with them
  • Seeming disinterest in play objects
  • Tendency to jump from one activity to another
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Sensory Integration therapy takes place in an environment that provides access to sensation enriched activities with equipment that provides vestibular, proprioceptive, and tactile experiences with additional opportunities for visual and auditory integration experiences. These activities will facilitate praxis, or the child’s ability to come up with an idea, plan and sequence, and then execute their idea in a safe environment and should provide a “just right” challenge to the child with the goal of building competence and confidence.

The Tomatis® Method

The Tomatis® Method stimulates the muscles of the middle ear to activate listening mechanisms for improved listening. Listen to a sample, here:

 

 

This process has a secondary effect on the whole body. To listen is to attend to information and generate a response in an effort to communicate and relate to others. The Tomatis® Method’s gating technique stimulates the attentional mechanisms in the brain and in doing so, supports the brain’s ability to process all the frequencies of the spoken language. As sounds are more accurately perceived, speech improvements are also noted.

 

The Tomatis® Method also affects the balance function of the ear. Balance depends on the vestibule, the part of the inner ear that informs the brain of the slightest body movement. The ear is therefore involved in controlling posture and maintaining balance. The Tomatis® Method encourages the left and right vestibules to send consistent messages to the brain. As a result, motor responses become more fluid and better organized. Control of posture and gross motor skills can be performed more efficiently.

 

The Tomatis® Method, used in cooperation with an intense Occupational Therapy program, aids in building a strong foundation for developmental growth opportunities.

 

For more information about the potential benefits of the Tomatis® Method, please visit www.tomatis.com.

 

Click here to read about more research related to the Tomatoes® Method.

Reflex Integration

Primitive reflexes present at birth support an infant’s ability to meet developmental milestones. As the infant develops, these reflexes are programmed to integrate as sophisticated motor patterns emerge. Retained reflexes possess the potential to interrupt development of attention and regulation, fine and gross motor skills, as well as impact academic performance. Therapists at FFG will determine the presence of retained reflexes as part of your child’s individualized assessment.

Interactive Metronome

The Interactive Metronome is a research based intervention aimed at improving executive processes such as attention and regulation, memory functions, and timing and rhythmicity for refinement of motor coordination.  All of the Occupational Therapists at FFG are certified IM providers.

 

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DIR Floortime

At FFG, we believe in cultivating a child’s natural desire to engage with others and learn through play. The DIR Floortime Method is used to assess a child’s overall functional and emotional development. This assessment is used to create an individualized and relationship based approach to intervention.

 

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…we honor each child’s individualized needs in a multidisciplinary and collaborative clinic-based setting.

 

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