Methods

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Floortime

 

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​Floortime is a systematic method of using human relationships to take a child up the ladder of critical developmental milestones. The child moves from simple attention and self-regulation to purposeful communication using gestures and words. It involves problem solving interactively and also develops motor planning skills and abstract/complex thinking. It is based on the understanding that human relationships are essential to a child's development. Human beings are created to learn and grow in the context of relating to other humans; the brain and the mind simply don't develop without being nurtured by human relationships. Without relationships, self-esteem, initiative, and creativity do not grow either.

Occupational Therapy

Sensory Integration (SI)

Sensory integration (SI) is an approach to occupational therapy that seeks to normalize the organization of sensory input and permit adaptive responses to that information. Sensory experiences include touch, pressure, movement, sight and sound. These basic sensory systems form the foundation for body awareness enabling us to form a mental body map, and know where our bodies are in space. Sensory Integration, or the process of the brain organizing and interpreting multi-sensory input, is a crucial foundation for more complex learning and behavior. Often sensory integration difficulties are a significant component in autism and other communication disorders. The degree to which a child's neurology has successfully mastered sensory integration can also affect activity levels, a child's ability to unwind or calm himself, attention, impulsivity, and clumsiness, among other things. Improved sensory processing leads to more productive contacts with people and environments and addresses deficits in body awareness, muscle tone, coordination and motor planning.

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Speech Therapy

Language Through Play

At Willowcrest we offer comprehensive speech, language diagnostic and therapy services. Treatment is tailored to each individual's unique needs. During treatment sessions, in addition to traditional language therapy techniques, we may focus on traditional articulation therapy, teaching students to progress from single sounds to sound combinations and all the way up to full sentences and conversation. Therapy is focused on developing motor memory for articulation by incorporating a high level of repetition with parent training for carryover in the home environment.

Language development is taught through a play-based approach to build play skills and expand vocabulary in ways that are meaningful and functional to each child’s individual interests. Language is composed of receptive comprehension as well as verbal expression. Addressing and targeting both areas build comprehension and the ability to express oneself and interact with others.

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Music Therapy​

Learning With Music

Music Therapy is an allied health care profession in which a Board-Certified Music Therapist administers clinical and evidence-based music intervention to support cognitive, social, emotional, motor, sensory, and/or wellness goals. Music is processed globally in the brain, and can promote development and learning for all children.
 
Speech and language: Music engages language pathways in the left hemisphere and promotes increased communication. It strengthens auditory processing abilities, increasing overall comprehension.
 
Skill-building: Music activates both hemispheres of the brain simultaneously and can promote increased connection between brain regions. When children experience music, it can increase efficiency of synaptic firing, and reorganize neural pathways to promote new and developing skills. Repetition and rhythm in music increase memory skills including recall and retention.
 
Socio-emotional benefits: Music is inherently collaborative and promotes social interaction and connection. It promotes relaxation and not only supports healthy coping strategies, but also primes the brain for learning. Music activates the limbic system and supports emotional connection and regulation.
 
Learn more about our Board-Certified Music Therapist, Laura, at steppingtones.co!

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