Services Offered

Occupational therapy

Can improve a variety of functional daily tasks, such as getting dressed, playground/social skills, performing homework and other activities. Occupational therapists work with your child to develop, improve, or restore your child’s abilities and functions.

  • Autism
  • Handwriting
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Fine & gross motor skills
  • Balance & coordination
  • Social skills/engagement & relatedness
  • Body awareness
  • Sensory processing & integration
  • Motor planning
  • Attention
  • Bilateral integration
  • Developmental delays
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Oral motor skills
  • Muscle strength
  • Neurological impairments
  • Interpersonal skill development

Physical Therapy

Pediatric physical therapists work with children to improve strength, balance, and endurance. Working on functional activities such as standing, rolling, walking and stair climbing, PT’s help to strengthen the muscles and the body as a whole, improving range of motion and improving gait. They help to maximize functional ability in developmental delay.

Physical therapists bring together the understanding of normal child development with an ongoing evaluation of where an individual child stands in comparison, and then facilitate maximizing their functional and developmental delay.

Speech Language Therapy

Developing communication skills is one of the most important elements to socializing and creating valuable relationships. For the child faced with speech impairments it is necessary to provide strategies and resources that will assist with daily communication with the child’s parents, siblings, teachers and friends. Our speech language pathologists goal is to help children to become successful communicators and independent language learners by tailoring our program to each child’s needs. Speech language Definitions: Expressive language Receptive language skills Articulation or sound production Social skills Feeding/swallowing Oral motor Child apraxia Voice disorders

Astronaut training

Astronaut Training

Astronaut Training

Astronaut training is a sensory integrative protocol that is specifically designed to stimulate and integrate the vestibular, auditory and visual systems. The protocol should only be implemented by a trained clinician with fundamental understanding in sensory integration. The vestibular system teams up with the auditory and visual systems to perform many important tasks by helping us understand the three-dimensional space, or spatial envelope, that surrounds us wherever we go. Through the proper functioning of ocular vestibular – auditory and visual processing; the sights and sounds of our world become meaningful and entice us to explore more and engage with objects, people, and events. Astronaut training is a program that can be done at home or in the clinic under the supervision of a trained therapist.

Wilbarger therapeutic “brushing” protocol

The Wilbarger deep pressure and proprioceptive technique refers to specific sensory modulation technique developed by renowned occupational therapist Patricia Wilbarger. The protocol is based on sensory integration theory and provides a particular type of sensory input that can have a calming and organizing effect on a child’s central nervous system. It is most often used for individuals who have identified with sensory defensiveness, especially tactile defensiveness. Sensory defensiveness means simply that the child’s nervous system is overly defensive; it will respond to a non-threatening stimulus as if it were threatening. Some commonly reported traits include extreme “pickiness” in food and clothing. Withdrawing from “messy” art/play materials nd need to be in control of when they touch or hug.

Therapeutic Listening®

Therapeutic Listening

Therapeutic Listening

Therapeutic Listening® was developed by occupational therapists Sheila Frick, OTR/L and Colleen Hacker, OTR/L and uses sound training in combination with sensory integrative techniques, which emphasize vestibular stimulation and postural movement strategies and allow therapists to approach the auditory and vestibular system directly. Sound training uses electronically altered music that has been designed to produce specific effects on listening skills when the child follows a prescribed program. Listening skill difficulties are the inability to accurately perceive, process and respond to sounds and are often found to be an integral part of other perceptual, motor attention and learning difficulties affecting a large number of children. Therefore, listening becomes a function of our whole body, not just an ear. Hearing, a function of the ear, is passive and does not involve the direction of attention to sound. Sound is received by the ear and passed along like a microphone. Listening is active and requires the desire to communicate and the ability to focus on the ear or certain sounds selected for discrimination and interpretation. Please visit vital links for more information.

Handwriting Without Tears®

Handwriting Without TearsHandwriting fluency is fundamental to learning because children think and write at the same time. When we teach children to write, we also teach them how to express themselves. If they struggle to form their letters, their ability to express themselves will suffer. Children who do not master handwriting may be slow, sloppy or illegible writers. We focus on fun and achievement to optimize children’s curiosity and joy of learning throughout school. Our goal is to help students learn proper handwriting habits and then apply those habits naturally and automatically to all writing experiences that they’ll take throughout elementary school, high school and beyond. The HWT curriculum starts when children enter Kindergarten. By playing, singing and building letters, they develop important skills they need to print words, sentences, paragraphs and eventually transition to cursive.

ABA / Applied Behavioral Analysis

We specialize in Applied Behavioral Analysis programs for learners aged 18 months through 18 years diagnosed with Autism and related disorder. Home and community based programs created and supervised by a certified teacher and Board Certified Behavior Analyst are available throughout Monmouth, Southern Middlesex and Northern Ocean counties.

Music Therapy