OT for Developing Kids, PLLC  5 Hemlock St. Latham, NY 12110  (518) 641-8188

Therapeutic Approaches

Sensory Integration Therapy is an intervention method designed to enhance the nervous system's processing of sensations, particularly touch, proprioception, and movement.  Sensory Integration therapy uses activities rich in sensory input to improve postural control, coordination of both sides of the body, and motor planning (praxis).

Therapeutic Listening is auditory strategy designed to support  children with sensory processing challenges.  The listening program can improve sensory modulation, posture and movement, attention, and engagement in play and every day activities.  It involves listening to enhanced music which has been modified to highlight the sound frequencies that naturally trigger attention, organization, and integrated movement.  Music selections are individualized for each child, depending on their goals.  Listening is done twice a day for 30 minutes via headphones. 

Brain Gym is a program of 26 body movements that facilitate the coordination of the eyes, ears, hands, and whole body. These are frequently incorporated into therapy sessions and can be done at home.

Wilbarger Deep Pressure/Proprioceptive Treatment  is a program designed to treat sensory defensiveness. The Therapressure technique involves applying deep pressure to a child's arms, legs, and back using a specialized brush.  The technique is often taught to parents to implement at regular intervals at home.

Beckman Oral Motor Interventions are specific therapeutic techniques which provide assisted movement to activate muscle contraction and to provide movement against resistance to build strength.  The protocol is designed to increase functional range of movement, strength, and control of movements of the lips, cheeks, jaw, and tongue.

Hand Writing Without Tears  is a multi-sensory program for learning hand writing. It is based on a developmental progression where children learn the easiest skills first then build on what they already know.  The program uses music and movement, building letters, rolling dough letters, and finger plays to develop a refined grasp for holding writing utensils.

The Alert Program:  How Does Your Engine Run is a program that supports self-regulation by teaching children effective strategies for changing states of alertness.