Child Centered ServicesAt 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 TherapyThe 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
Dana, Northbrook Brad Jones at Progressive Pediatrics truly made a huge difference in my son's overall development from ages 3-5 1/2. His warm personality and calmness helped my son feel at ease.
Patty, Deerfield "Progressive Pediatrics has been a part of my daughter's life since she was 11 months old. As the parent of a newly diagnosed baby with a physical disability, I did not know which way to turn. Brad Jones and Julie Conway were a lifeline for my family, and for our daughter. They helped at every turn and their expertise in the field of neuro developmental treatments, made my daughter's Therapy that much more poignant and focused on her specific disability. Having a child with a physical disability means that there are no easy days, and Brad and Julie always made us feel like we were welcome and loved when we walked through their door. They understand my child's needs and the needs of our whole family, and they instinctively know my daughters ups and downs almost as well as we do. My other kids have always been welcomed in and made to feel just as special as our child with the disability, which is no easy task when you are juggling three. And just that simple act of making all of my children feel welcome, and including them in my daughter's therapies, has taken a world of stress off my shoulders. Julie Conway's work with my daughter has taken her from a baby who could not do much more than a one handed army crawl; to a healthy, happy 2nd grader able to write, work with her hands, brush her teeth, and perform a lot of her own daily life skills independently. Shea thrives for independence, and Julie knows exactly how to lead and motivate her at every turn, and has adapted her goals and therapies to fit her age and her individual likes and dislikes. Julie makes it fun, each and every time, and my daughter forgets that she is actually doing Therapy. Since my daughter is in this for the long haul, having Progressive Pediatrics be such a special and warm environment, and one she loves to go to, really makes Therapy an achievable goal for our family. She loves to be there and to participate, and as a Mom, those are the most wonderful things to have. I highly recommend Progressive Pediatrics to anyone faced with finding Therapy for their child. The people, the environment, and the whole philosophy about Therapy make it a truly special place.