Sensory Kids offers a variety of sensory-integration programs, which are chosen, combined and customized to meet the individual needs of every child in our practices.
Our services include:
- Sensory integration occupational-therapy treatment sessions
- Multidisciplinary Evaluations and Screenings
- Listening programs
- Handwriting services
- Consultations and Sensory Diets
- Physical Therapy
Sensory-integration occupational therapy treatment sessions
Private: We offer private occupational therapy using sensory-integration techniques rich in vestibular, proprioceptive, and tactile inputs – areas where many children with neurological issues have deficits. The approach encourages children’s nervous systems to process and integrate sensory input in organized and meaningful ways. As their adaptive responses provide feedback, their nervous systems mature and organize at increasingly higher levels. Ultimately, the children can interact with – and adapt to – their environment more successfully.
Private, Intensive: Some children need intensive sessions 3-5 times a week for a short period of time. These intensive sessions are sometimes coupled with auditory programs. Children are given breaks with no therapy following these intensives to allow changes to occur.
Semi-Private: Therapy sessions can also be done with two children and one therapist appropriately matched to add a new dimension to treatment and to help work on social skills. This is a great idea for children who excel in one-on-one situations, but have a difficult time within a group setting. Typically, a semi-private session is considered after a child first has received individual therapy to address foundational-level skills.
Multidisciplinary Evaluations & Screenings
When parents are concerned that their child’s maturation is delayed across multiple areas of functioning, an evaluation by an interdisciplinary team of specialists (psychologist, speech and language therapist, and occupational therapist) is indicated to assess, clarify, and diagnose the problem. Sensory Kids has partnered with the Southfield Center for Development in Darien to conduct this type of in-depth assessment with the goal of giving parents and schools a clear understanding of a child’s needs and a road map to address those needs. This is our most comprehensive evaluation, meant to cover several inter-related and critical areas of a child’s development (cognitive ability, communication skills, educational ability, motor functioning and sensory integration). Every assessment results in a report that is clear, actionable, and delivered in a timely manner.
For a complete list of educational and therapeutic services provided by the Southfield Center, please visit their website at www.southfieldcenter.com. Sensory Kids also works closely with many other excellent clinical practices in Fairfield County and would be happy to provide suggestions for other experts in the area.
We offer the Integrated Listening System (a Tomatis-based approach) program.
Integrated Listening System
The Integrated Listening System (iLS) is a psychoacoustic therapeutic approach, developed by Dr. Ron Minson and based on the pioneering work of Dr. Alfred Tomatis, using the most advanced technology available.
The ability to listen and differentiate between sounds affects cortical stimulation and nerve pathways related to the following areas:
+ Organization, modulation and attention
+ Speech and language skills
+ Cognitive development
+ Learning and academics
+ Movement, coordination and rhythm
+ Creativity and personal growth
iLS programs are available primarily in the clinic setting. In addition, we offer a iLS home program that integrates movement with music and that has four preset protocols.
We customize each iLS-based program to a child’s needs, and we support it with home programs, sensory diets and therapeutic services tailored specifically for each child. The result is auditory re-education, which can facilitate remarkable progress toward a child’s targeted functions.
Using “Handwriting Without Tears,” and several other programs, Sensory Kids offers individual and group services for the development of pre-writing and writing skills. The following programs are part of the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum:
Fine Motor Is Fun! – This group is for children who require direct instruction or simply a little extra practice with fine-motor tasks. Children will participate in multi- sensory activities such as music, arts and crafts, games, exercise and tactile play, to develop the fine-motor skills necessary for future success.
Get Ready To Write! – This program is for individuals or small groups of pre-Kindergarten children. It uses the Handwriting Without Tears “Get Set For School” curriculum to improve upper-extremity strength and bilateral skills, crayon grasp, shape and letter identification and formation as well as scissor skills through multi-sensory activities. Children will develop grasp, hand dexterity and ocular motor control — all necessary for a successful transition into school.
Write Now! – This group or individual program is designed for kids — Kindergarten-aged or older – who require additional instruction. Write Now introduces children to correct formation, sizing, and line regard of capital and lower-case letters as well as numbers, through exciting multi-sensory activities. This program uses the Handwriting Without Tears “Letters & Numbers For Me” curriculum.
Wonderful Writers – Children who have mastered correct formation of capital and lower-case letters will benefit from Wonderful Writers as they are instructed on creating neat and legible sentences and paragraphs with appropriate line usage, sizing and spacing. Children incorporate strengthening activities to improve seated posture and endurance needed for higher-grade writing and copying tasks.
Cursive Writing – Children ready to begin the art of cursive writing will enjoy learning how to form the loops, swoops and interesting letters in the cursive alphabet through movement games and tactile play such as shaving cream writing. Children enjoy learning how to connect their letters and to create their very own signature.
The Print Tool Assessment – Created by the founders of Handwriting Without Tears, this is a formal evaluation of eight components of handwriting (memory, orientation, placement, size, start, sequence, control, spacing) to target specific and identify areas that require remediation. The Print Tool is not a standardized assessment.
Other Handwriting Programs – Upon parent request, other programs — including Zaner Bloser, DeNealin, and Loops and Other Groups – can be used to complement a child’s school curriculum.
Consultations and Sensory Diets
Sensory Kids can provide a consultation to the entire team working with a child at school (i.e., teacher, aide, special education advisor, therapists, etc.).
The focus of the school consultation is on developing therapeutic strategies and sensory diets, in tandem with the team, to establish a treatment program that minimizes the disruption of the child’s existing classroom schedule to maximize learning and compliance by both the child and the team.
Each consultation is custom tailored for each child’s specific needs, the particular classroom situation, and the child’s team (i.e., sometimes activities involving the entire classroom are more appropriate than one-on-one attention).
School consultations can also be provided to educate school staff in general about how sensory-integration dysfunction can present in the classroom, how to identify it, and strategies that are helpful for these children as well as the entire class.
Individualized home-treatment plans include the most up-to-date sensory-integration techniques and sensory “diets.” Sensory diets consist of sensorimotor therapeutic activities and schedules to be followed throughout the day. Sensory diets help children “self-regulate.” The overall goal of these home programs is to provide parents with skills necessary to practice at home the therapeutic techniques offered at the clinic. This ongoing support is crucial: Home programming enhances multi-sensory processing and facilitates learning at an ideal level throughout the day.
Home Gym Design
This service allows parents to create a challenging and fun multi-sensory experience in the comfort of the child’s own home. A well-designed home gym can provide significant benefits to the child by allowing more elaborate home sensory supports/diets while substantially increasing the follow-through of the in-clinic services.
The home gym design service entails an analysis of the child’s sensory needs, suggestions of the most useful and appropriate equipment plus a detailed physical design that will maximize the use of the designated space.
Goal Assessment Meeting
The goal assessment meeting with a child’s treating therapist consists of a one-hour discussion with parents. The purpose is to establish certain near-term goals (within 3-6 months of treatment) that the family has decided are important. The therapist will prepare a meeting summary as well as measurable goals that are determined together between therapist and parents. Follow-up goal assessment meetings are scheduled as needed.
Occupational Therapy Intensives
Recent research indicates that therapy is most effective when delivered in “bursts” of treatment. Intensives are sessions designed to accomplish a goal in a shorter amount of time. Typically 3-5 times a week for 1-2 hours a day of occupational therapy based on your therapist’s recommendation and individual treatment goals.
Intensives are great to help with transitions (i.e., back to school), participation in group activities, preparation for fall and team sports, and/or organization and attention concerns. They can also be helpful when your child is facing a new developmental challenge or whenever your family wishes to enhance or reinforce the changes effected by ongoing therapy.
Auditory/Occupational Therapy Intensives
This is a great introduction to our intensive listening services or as a boost for those who have already completed a listening program. By incorporating occupational therapy during the listening sessions we can truly integrate the whole body. We will work together as a team to design a customized program for your child based on their individual treatment goals.
This is especially useful for those who have trouble listening and attending in a multi-sensory environment, have trouble looking at you when speaking and/or participating in social/group situations.
Physical Therapy works closely with your child and your family to help him/her reach maximum potential to functional independence and to promote active participation at home, school or in the community environment. Pediatric Physical Therapy works to improve a child’s motor development, strength, range of motion, endurance, balance, coordination, gait difficulties, heart and lung endurance, and delayed motor development. Our Physical Therapist is trained and specialized in the treatment and management of infants, children and adolescents with a variety of congenital, developmental, neuromuscular and skeletal diseases. A customized home exercise program is developed for the unique needs of each child. Our therapist will work with families to guide them through the program. Our Physical Therapist is trained to evaluate each child and see if they are meeting their gross motor milestones and if they are falling behind their peers with age-related activities.
Some treatment techniques include:
+ manual techniques
+ neuro-developmental techniques
+ exercises in the form of play
+ breathing techniques
+ stretching exercise
+ sensory techniques
+ gait training