Progressive Pediatrics

Child Centered Services

At Progressive Pediatrics we pride ourselves in our ability to engage a child and really see maximum participation. It is imperative that trust is established with a child, as they will be far more likely to try challenging things and remain persistent. Therapy can be hard work for a child. While it has to target their goals effectively, Therapy also needs to be fun, motivating, and constantly changing to maintain a child's interest and enjoyment. Our clinic offers a wide variety of equipment. Whether it is our climbing wall and loft/slide system, numerous options for suspended equipment, a wide variety of balls and bolsters, or the many toys and activities, it is sure to meet any child's skill level and keep their interest. Below is a brief description of the primary treatment approaches we utilize in our Therapy sessions.

Sensory Integration Therapy

The theory behind sensory integration Therapy is that it is possible to "rewire" the brain of a person with sensory processing disorder in order to improve their daily lives. The concept of sensory integration Therapy was first developed by Dr. Jean Ayres, who developed theories about neurology and sensory function and the impact dysfunction can have on a person's ability to effectively and functionally interact within any environment. Many occupational therapists' have the training to determine appropriate treatment strategies to address the challenges seen in Sensory Processing Disorders. The focus of Therapy is on the tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive systems. In English, this means that SI Therapy focuses on normalizing patients' reactions to touch, help patients become better aware of their body in space, and help patients work on their ability to manage their bodies more appropriately (run and jump when it's time to run and jump, sit and focus when it's time to sit and focus, etc.). Look here for a more detailed description of Sensory Integration.

NDT (Neuro-Developmental Treatment)

The Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT/Bobath) approach was specifically developed for treatment of individuals who present with Pathophysiology of the central nervous system (CNS). This has been primarily for children with cerebral palsy (CP) and adults with cerebral vascular accidents (CVA). Often an individual with CNS Pathophysiology presents with dysfunction in posture, muscle control, and movement; which has a direct impact on functional activity. The Bobaths developed the NDT/Bobath approach to address these deficits. NDT is an advanced therapeutic hands-on approach practiced by experienced Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Speech - Language Pathologists. Therapists using NDT treatment have completed advanced training in NDT and work closely and collaboratively with individuals, family, caregivers and physicians to develop comprehensive treatment programs based on the principles of human neurology and physiology. Individuals who have minimal to severe motor difficulties can benefit from the NDT approach. We also incorporate components of DIR®FloortimeT, Alert Program, Therapeutic Listening© to name a few. Information on these techniques and treatment approaches can be found on the Helpful Links tab