Therapies

At Kids-N-Motion we strive to uncover the root of the challenge and remediate it.  This is in sharp contrast to merely teaching single splinter skills.

We work to solidify each child’s foundation so that all higher level skills become automatic and naturally generalize.

Occupational Therapy is often prescribed or recommended to our children.
OT can improve and strengthen their abilities in motor skills (fine and gross), individual play, self-care, self-help, feeding, and group activities.

Because Occupational Therapy is designed to address all activities that “occupy” us, it encompasses all aspects of a child’s daily functions and activities.

Occupational Therapy

Our therapy clinic is equipped with state of the art therapeutic equipment.

Treatment often incorporates a Sensory Integrative approach.

Sensory Integration Therapy assists the child in developing automatic and appropriate responses to everyday stimuli so that he or she can perform and interact appropriately at home, school, and various community settings.

 

Children with sensory integration concerns have difficulties receiving, organizing and executing information to and from the sensory systems:

Auditory, Visual, Gustatory (Taste), Tactile (Touch), Vestibular (Movement and Balance) and Proprioceptive (Muscle and Limb Awareness and Strength).

Sensory processing is often the

root of many childhood challenges

such as:

Lack of Coordination

Challenges with Self Care

Decreased Strength

Fine Motor Issues

Difficulty with Handwriting

High or Low Muscle Tone

Poor Balance

Decreased Attention

Impulsivity

Atypical Regulation (activity level)

Difficulty with Peer Interactions       

Challenges with completing multi-step tasks

 
 

Social Skills Groups

Our social skills groups are designed for children who may have challenges with emotional regulation, peer interaction and communication.

Using Floortime therapy principles our small social skills groups are designed to foster relationships between same aged peers. We are very specific in matching children based on skills and interests.
 

Our groups are designed to support our children as they learn to play cooperatively, take turns, and share the joys of pretending and acting silly with their peers. Problem solving is often incorporated into each session as children negotiate and share ideas.


The warm, family-like environment at Kids-N-Motion inspires our families to reproduce the social skills format outside the office in their own social outings and playdates.

 

Social skills groups meet weekly during after-school hours.

 

Play Therapy / floortime

Play Therapy / Floortime is a therapy treatment approach for children who are having difficulties engaging and interacting with peers and family members.

This specialized play therapy approach was designed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and is also known as D.I.R. (Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship Model).

This unique play therapy has our therapists down on the floor helping children initiate interests and purposeful behaviors.

 

At higher levels we are helping children exchange ideas, explore emotions, and think in a multi-causal manner.

Play Therapy / Floortime helps children deepen engagement, lengthen mutual attention and develop symbolic play.

Ultimately children learn to sustain healthy emotional relationships with peers and family.  

At Kids-N-Motion we offer Play Therapy / Floortime
in individual and small group settings.

 

Individual sessions focus on emotional growth and interpersonal interactions. Often a child is encouraged to participate in one-on–one sessions prior to participating in small, social groups.  The child will benefit from basic interaction and play skills with therapeutic support at each step and initiative.

 

 Once the child shows interest and can sustain simple play ideas in a
one-on-one setting, small groups are recommended and encouraged.

feeding therapy

Our children may have multiple feeding challenges that combine to interfere with their intake of food and drink.

Before intervention, a thorough food intake history is collected. Pertinent information may include past mealtime behaviors, sensory differences, oral-motor challenges,  mealtime environment and behavior, and an assessment of the motor skills involved in self feeding.  A complete inventory of foods that are accepted and avoided are documented.

Our therapists bring years of experience working with sensory differences which strongly affect food intake.

 

Our approach to treatment utilizes the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) protocol, behavior modification, and sensory desensitization.

At each session our children are celebrated
as they conquer their feeding challenges.

 

Once initial hurdles of feeding are overcome in the clinic, carryover at home will maximize therapeutic gains.