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Occupational Therapy Groups and Programs Available at Unified Therapy Services:
Therapressure/Therapeutic Brushing Program
Often time’s children perceive noises, touch, smells, and movement as alarming and this may limit their development, social and leisure activities. The goal of the program is to change the way the brain evaluates non-harmful sensory stimuli by a specific deep touch pressure, brushing and joint compressions. Children with sensory defensiveness may benefit from the use of this structured program.
Aquatic therapy is a supplemental form of treatment to land based therapy with the goal to improve functional activities on land. Aquatic therapy can benefit patients with a wide range of diagnoses and can be an effective intervention for children with abnormal muscle tone, muscle weakness, poor postural control, decreased endurance/coordination/balance, and limited mobility/gait abnormalities. Aquatic therapy also encourages overall improvements in attention to task, problem solving skills, sensory integration skills and body awareness.
Community Based Therapy
This supplemental treatment allows patients to go out in the community and practice skills learned in therapy. Individuals will begin with one on one therapy sessions to learn concepts, practice their skills with their therapist and family, then apply the skills in natural community settings. Areas of focus could include: money exchange, navigating a shopping cart, selecting groceries from a list, communication with cashier, identifying workers, asking directions, and much more!
Many individuals with special needs struggle to maintain an optimal alertness level. This makes learning, participation, and attending in their daily activities very difficult. These regulation activities often utilize deep touch pressure, proprioceptive (heavy muscle work), vestibular (movement), and are individualized based on what is most effective for each child.
Handwriting Without Tears©
“Handwriting without Tears (HWT) is a proven successful in making legible and fluent handwriting an easy and automatic skill for all students. HWT uses fun, entertaining, and educationally sound instructional methods to teach handwriting to all students.”
Sensory Integration Based Therapy with or without Therapeutic Listening Program
These two plans were designed as private pay options for those patients whose insurance does not cover sensory diagnoses. This includes seven therapy sessions (one hour evaluation with six 40-minute sessions) as well as any phone contact/screen to determine coverage and need for the program. Interpretation of any/all forms: sensory profile, therapeutic listening inventory and/or schedule of patient’s day.
The Alert Program
The Alert Program for Self-Regulation also known as the “Engines Program” is designed to help children improve their self-regulation. Self Regulation is the ability to obtain, maintain, and change alertness appropriately for a task or situation. Through this program children learn to develop an awareness of their level of alertness and to develop appropriate strategies for self-regulation in order to be able to adapt and change their alertness level to match the demands of a task and perform their best.
Occupational Therapy Sensory Play Groups are led by a skilled occupational therapist and/or assistant and allows for a play-based setting that fosters the natural motivation of a child to engage with their peers and facilitates children easing themselves towards participation in sensory and/or regulatory activities that may otherwise be challenging. Messy play, rough and tumble play, and sensory regulation (related to “Alert Program”) activities will be structured for each individual child by the occupational therapy team.
The Worries Program
Unified Therapy Services uses an interactive method for assessing and treating anxiety in children of all ages. It is designed to help the many children who have difficulty putting words to what is making them uncomfortable, have meltdowns, or otherwise behave inappropriately.
Often visuals are needed to reinforce verbal instructions, take the place of verbal instructions or for communication needs. These are most often used to set up an activity sequence for a particular portion of a child’s day or to assist the child in his or her daily schedule. They may include real pictures or symbols.
Therapeutic Listening Program
Listening Therapy is a structured program of listening to specially designed music individually selected for each client. This is done as a home program in conjunction with treatment. Our occupational therapists determine the most beneficial mp3 chip(s) to provide a wide variety of stimulation to the brain. Some changes you may expect to see can include benefits to: postural tone/postural attention, motor control, spatial-temporal organization, and communication.
Pediatric Focused Outpatient Clinic / 4121 Pennsylvania Ave / Dubuque, IA 52002 / Phone 563-583-4003 / Fax 563-583-4737
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Pediatric Focused Outpatient Clinic
4121 Pennsylvania Ave
Dubuque, IA 52002