Our occupational therapy services address sensory processing and integration difficulties, motor coordination and perceptual difficulties to help children develop the foundations they need to successful with the occupations of childhood: school, play and self-help skills.
Speech/language therapy addresses a variety of issues including: language difficulty, poor articulation, autism, augmentative and alternative communication, apraxia of speech, late talking, stuttering, reading and writing difficulties, pragmatic language deficits, and higher-order thinking skills.
Emerge is proud to be able to offer feeding therapy to families through both occupational and speech therapy. A child may need feeding therapy for a variety of reasons, including restrictive diets, sensory issues, or oral-motor deficits. Our clinical directors of occupational and speech therapy can help you decide which type of therapist is best suited for your child and their needs. Emerge has several staff members trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding.
Emerge’s Specialized Group Sessions offer fun and intensive opportunities to address important skills including: social, communication, sensory processing, fine motor, visual motor, handwriting, and coping. We have programs for children ranging from age 3 to 12.
As an extension of out OT services, we are now able to offer Child-Directed Interaction Therapy (CDIT) to our families. This is an amazing program designed to empower parents to help reshape and strengthen their relationship with their child. This program can help parents who are struggling with play, getting their child to follow directions, knowing how to support positive behaviors while correcting disruptive behaviors. CDIT using in-the-moment direct feedback and parent coaching.
Our occupational therapy services for infants are designed to help support infants (and their families!) reach their early developmental milestones. Infants may receive occupational therapy at Emerge to address delayed early developmental milestones (such as rolling, sitting upright, or crawling), torticollis, parent/child bond, and more. Emerge offers a variety of programs for infants including one-on-one sessions, supportive group therapies, infant massage training, and parent workshops.
Emerge’s Occupational Therapists who are trained in aquatic therapy will utilize the pool as a modality for improving functional deficits including sensory processing differences, neurological or orthopedic conditions, self-regulation, social engagement, cognitive skills, balance and coordination, and motor planning
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) is used to establish (or re-establish) normal oral rest postures and muscle functions of the mouth. Treatment goals may include: eliminate any harmful sucking habit (thumb-sucking/pacifier/prolonged use of sippy cups), establish nasal breathing patterns, normalize tongue, lip, and teeth resting postures, and improve functional chewing and swallowing.
While a young brain has more plasticity than an older brain, research is showing that the brain is capable of making changes at all ages. Sensory processing challenges can impact a person’s participation, coping strategies, and their overall quality of life so it is never too late to get started.