From the moment you first hear about our clinic, we want you to be comfortable with the process you and your child will go through to receive occupational and / or speech therapy. Browse the information below to become informed on the therapy process at Adapt.
WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
The term occupation is used to describe what people do every day to “occupy” their time. Including, but not limited to getting ready for the day, school, work, and most importantly for kids… PLAY! Occupational therapy uses a one-on-one, interactive, evidenced-based approach by using a child’s everyday occupations as their interventions. In other words, if your child struggles brushing their teeth, or tying their shoes, or playing well with other children their age, then that is what is emphasized in their therapy. Every child’s treatment plan is individualized to fit their needs. Play is emphasized in pediatric occupational therapy because it is a critical part of their growth and development.
Signs your child may benefit from occupational therapy
- Difficulty maintaining attention, easily distracted, impulsive
- Sensitive to food textures, noises, smells, or particular items of clothing
- Has poor balance, clumsy, falls down often
- Difficulty coordinating movement (i.e. riding a bike, jumping rope)
- Avoids reading, writing, drawing, puzzles
- Sloppy handwriting
- Poor eye-hand coordination
- Frequently skips words, omits lines when reading
- Difficulty learning letters and numbers
- Lacks social skills, difficulty making/keeping friendships
- Difficulty with age appropriate conversations
- Frequent meltdowns, shut downs, temper tantrums
- Does not play well with other children
- Difficulty regulating their emotions
Typical occupational therapy treatment sessions last 60 minutes. Typical occupational therapy evaluations take 2 hours.
Speech therapy helps improve a child’s ability to effectively produce speech through proper articulation and fluency, as well as improve their ability to understand and express language through both verbal and non-verbal communication. Effective communication is not only critical to a child’s growth and development, but their ability to actively engage with the world around them. Pediatric Speech Therapy utilizes very child-specific, evidenced-based treatment methods to empower children to truly be heard and understood.
Signs your child may benefit from speech therapy
- Difficulty saying/pronouncing words correctly
- Difficulty understanding/carrying on conversations
- Difficulty creating/retelling stories
- Difficulty rhyming, singing, or stuttering
- Inability to understand both verbal and non-verbal communication
- Struggles to understand grammar/phonic appropriate to their age
- Difficulty interpreting/processing auditory information
- Tongue thrust
- Frequent drooling
- History of hearing loss
- Use of cochlear implants/ hearing deficit
Typical speech therapy treatment sessions last 30-45 minutes. Typical speech therapy evaluations last 60-90 minutes.
If you’re new to the therapy world, we know that it can be overwhelming. While the road ahead may seem daunting, we at Adapt are here to guide you every step of the way with our Proven Process.
Initial Consultation- Whether you call us, email us, come into the clinic, or reach out to us on social media, Adapt will provide a free consultation to help understand you and your child’s needs, navigate insurance, and point you in the right direction.
Referral- This will come from your child’s Pediatrician or Physician and is necessary to initiate the therapy process in order to receive insurance reimbursement for qualifying services. Your primary care provider will send us the referral to begin the process of helping your child.
Screening- As much as we want to help everyone we meet, part of our duty as clinicians is to do what’s best for those we serve and sometimes, what’s best is a different path than ours. Our screening process will help get you on the path that is best for both you and your child by providing necessary resources and contacts to set you and your child up for success. In general, Adapt Therapy is equipped to treat children with the following diagnosis, including but not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual disability, learning disability, Chromosomal abnormalities, developmental delays, and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).
Evaluation- A comprehensive evaluation including parent/caregiver report, standardized assessments, and clinical observations will take place by our qualified therapists in order to determine whether your child would benefit from therapy and how much/often therapy is recommended.
Treatment - Consistent one-on-one occupational and/or speech therapy will take place 1-2 times per week (based on the evaluation recommendations), anywhere between 30-60 minutes (depending on insurance requirements). Parents/Caregivers are required to transport the child to/from our clinic location. At the conclusion of each session, a brief summary will be provided by the therapist regarding how the session went, what was worked on, and what is to be done at home to reinforce positive change.
Progress Report- Periodic reports on the child’s current progress in therapy will be provided to the parents/caregivers as well as an in-person sit down meeting with the therapist to discuss the child’s progress, answer questions, address concerns, and make adjustments to their treatment plan as necessary. Regular progress reports help keep all parties involved on the path to your child’s success.
Re-evaluation- Growth and development do not happen overnight, it takes time to facilitate positive change and often annual re-evaluations take place. Annual re-evaluations are typically required by most insurances to continue to provide reimbursement for services. Re-evaluations are conducted similar to the initial evaluation. The biggest difference is your child’s growth/changes over the year will be used to restructure and tailor their treatment plan for their next therapy term.
Discharge/Graduation- Discharging or Graduating therapy is one of the most bittersweet parts of the therapy process for us. We will be sad to see you go, and you will surely be missed, but therapy graduation is a HUGE milestone and will be treated as such. Whether your child is taking an extended “therapy holiday” for 6+ months or graduating entirely, we relish in the opportunity to celebrate the growth and development of your child as well as the progress they have made in therapy. Our goal is to graduate every child once they meet their therapy goals and to proudly celebrate each child’s milestone together with you.