WHAT AREAS DO YOU TREAT?
We offer speech, physical and occupational therapy. Our therapies target areas such as speech/articulation, expressive language, receptive language, phonology, pragmatics (social), fluency, reading/writing comprehension, cognitive deficits, dysphagia, aphasia, auditory processing, among other developmental/acquired speech and language deficits. In addition, we provide support and techniques for success in the activities of daily living, fine motor skills (e.g. handwriting), gross motor skills, upper and lower body strength and overall movements, hand-eye coordination, balance, sensory integration, attention, and body awareness.
ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER?
Yes, we do treat Autism Spectrum Disorder both verbal and non-verbal. Additionally, all of our therapists are rigorously trained to handle a wide variety of diagnosis. We specialize in various diagnosis including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays, Apraxia, Dysphagia, Down Syndrome, Rhett's Syndrome, Prader-Willi, Fragile X, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Hirschsprung's disease, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and many more.
WHAT SETS US APART FROM OTHER THERAPY FACILITIES?
We strongly believe in the implementation of Individualized Treatment Plans because every person is unique and each session should be structured to meet the needs of client and family/caregivers. We will provide an integrated intervention that views the client as a whole. This allows us to promote success during and after therapeutic treatments. STEP will provide the client and the caregiver information for promoting the client's success across multiple environments. Our focus is for our client to find a successful and functional way to succeed in various settings.
IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FOR KIDS AND ADULTS?
Yes, occupational therapy for both kids and adults. One usually says “occupation” why would my child need this? Isn’t if for adults? Well no, your child also has their “job.” A child’s job is to engage in play, bath, dress, eat, sleep, use the potty, and participate in social activities. Additionally, as your child gets older we want them to be independent and have increased safety awareness, help with chores, prepare meals, have good fine motor skills, good handwriting skills, good feeding skills, etc. Anything that is related to your child’s general everyday living activities, an occupational therapist can assist you with. Adult Occupational Therapy would focus on aging in place, maintaining independence, help with Alzheimer's, cognitive or executive functioning deficits, low vision, arthritis, and daily living tasks.
WHAT IS SPEECH-LANGUAGE THERAPY? HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
Speech and language therapy is for those who are struggling to communicate either verbally or non-verbally. Speech therapists address issues with pronunciation, not using enough words, incorrect sentences, inappropriate social skills, difficulties with peers, and difficulties with cognition. Additionally, speech therapists work with swallowing disorders. For example, some children take a long time to break down their food or swallow whole pieces. A speech language pathologist will work with your child’s oral-motor pattern to ensure safety with feedings.
Speech and language therapy and occupational therapy overlap in many aspects. For example, speech and occupational therapists both work on sequencing activities, social skills, identifying and naming of letters. However, speech and language is directly related to overall effective communication and socials skills. Occupational therapy is related to the activities of daily living.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KEEP TRACK OF A CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT?
Early emotional, social and physical development is an important factor that will be with your child for the rest of their life. The support you provide your children early on will directly impact the adult they become in the future. Early intervention, when necessary, is key to helping children improve their developmental path and reach their appropriate developmental level.
WHY DO YOU NEED SPEECH-LANGUAGE THERAPY AS AN ADULT?
Adults need speech-language therapy services for a variety of different reasons. Our speech pathologists aide with memory, cognition, swallowing, voice, dementia, post-stroke recovery, Apraxia, Dysarthria, vocal-volume, and overall general communication.
WHY DO I NEED A BILINGUAL SPEECH PATHOLOGIST TO PERFORM MY EVALUATION? WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
If you speak more than one language, it is important to be evaluated in both languages. The reason being is that you may understand the concept in one language but not the other. For example, if you only refer to a “shoe” in Spanish by calling it a “zapato,” you will not understand what you are requesting when you say “shoe.” However, you understands the concept of a shoe. Therefore, this is classified as difference rather than a delay/disorder. It is imperative that everyone is assessed in both languages as only assessing in one language can yield negative results.
Additionally, for our pediatric patients its imperative to note that bilingual developmental milestones differ from the monolingual development. Due to the acquisition of two languages, the developmental milestones are adjusted. A bilingual child may not talk or combine words as quickly as his or her monolingual peers. Bilingual developmental charts are also an available resource.
ARE YOUR SERVICES COVERED BY INSURANCE?
Most of the time, our services are covered by insurance. There are various plans, therefore, it varies from plan to plan. To find out if your insurance covers therapy, call our office!
WHAT INSURANCES DO YOU ACCEPT?
We accept a wide variety if plans including commercial plans (ex: Humana, Cigna), as well as, various Medicaid and Medicare plans. Call our office to find out if we accept your insurance.