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Definitions / Terms

Articulation Therapy
Speech therapy focused on improving a child’s intelligibility while speaking words and phrases.
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Astronaut Training
A treatment approach that address the interactions of the vestibular, auditory, and visual systems.
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Alert Program - How Does Your Engine Run?
A structured program that helps a child understand how to get to and maintain the ideal level of alertness for learning and every day activities.
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Augmentative/alternative communication (AAC)
Any communication strategies and/or modalities (other than speaking) that are used to express a child’s thoughts, needs, and wants.
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Aural Rehabilitation/Aural Rehab
A speech therapy treatment approach used in helping children/adults who are deaf or hard of hearing develop speech-language/communication skills.
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Deep Pressure Proprioceptive Technique (DPPT); formerly the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol
An intense therapeutic strategy used to help address a child’s ability to respond to, regulate, and modulate sensory information.
Developmental Therapy
Developmental Therapists can evaluate and help children to achieve age appropriate development and/or maximize their learning potential in a variety of developmental areas.
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Feeding Therapy
Feeding therapists evaluate how children are chewing and swallowing a variety of foods.
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Food Chaining
A treatment approach designed to address feeding problems in picky eaters.
Hand Writing Without Tears
An approach to teaching handwriting in a developmentally appropriate sequence using multisensory strategies.
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Hannen Programs
A family focused program to help increase a child’s ability to respond to language and communicate with others.
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IEP Consultations
Therpists will provide an evaluation of a child and work with the school staff and family to develop and implement an appropriate individualized Education Plan (IEP) with their local school district.
Kinesio Taping
A therapeutic strategy used to help provide support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting movement and range of motion.
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Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapists evaluate and help children to use their hand-eye coordination, motor plan, participate in self-help skills, and appropriately respond to a variety of sensory experiences.
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Physical Therapy
Physical Therapists evaluate and help children with their strength, motor coordination, and independently move throughout a variety of environments.
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SOS Approach: (Sensory Oral Sequential approach)
It is a structured treatment approach to address feeding problems in children. It focuses on developing appropriate oral skills and meal time behaviors.
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Speech Therapy
Speech-Language Pathologists/Speech Therapists can evaluate how children understand language, respond to language, interact and communicate with others.
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Therapeutic Listening
A therapy technique that uses modulated and non-modulated music to influence the child’s overall sensory processing and regulation.
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Vital Stim
This approach uses electrical stimulation for improving coordination and strength of the muscles involved in the process of swallowing.
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