When a child simply refuses to eat or becomes extremely (and sometimes dangerously) picky, parents are often left feeling frustrated at best. Conventional wisdom, such as, “he’ll eat when he’s hungry” may cause even more stress. A feeding therapist is uniquely trained to evaluate all aspects of a child’s eating (or food avoidance) and can help parents find a path through these often overwhelming situations.
Vision therapy is a medically supervised program of therapeutic procedures used to improve eye movement skills such as eye teaming and coordinated movement as well as focus, accuracy, and speed. Guided cognitive based procedures are used to improve processing speed, spatial perception,, visual memory and more. Many children with developmental delays or reading difficulties may benefit from vision therapy, as can many adults who suffer from vision problems related to stroke, vertigo, work accidents, or mild brain injury
Nutrition is essential for optimal growth and development. When a child won’t or can’t meet their nutrient needs, growth can falter. A Registered Dietitian can provide insight into your child’s intake and help you uncover strategies to improve their eating.
A Speech Therapist (also known as a Speech and Language Pathologist or an SLP) diagnoses and treats a variety of speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders. If a child has difficulty communicating or comprehending speech, nonverbal communication, or written language, or if a child has learning difficulties, he or she may benefit from speech therapy. Feeding difficulties are often treated by a Speech Therapist as well.
Occupational therapy can help individuals of all ages successfully accomplish their activities of daily living (or ADLs). For a child, ADLs include activities such as eating, getting dressed, writing, climbing stairs, socializing, and more. An occupational therapist also works to help parents and caregivers gain an understanding of their child’s sensory system and motivations so that daily routines are optimized to avoid tantrums and other difficulties.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a particular type of therapy that seeks to increase specific desirable behaviors and decrease undesirable behaviors through research-based behavioral principles. ABA is geared toward achieving socially important goals, helping the client to be more successful in a natural setting such as homes, schools, and communities.