Give your children the opportunity to meet their developmental milestones and reach their fullest potential. For pediatric occupational therapy and other treatments, rely on the therapists at Creative Wonders Therapy Center. Turn to us for effective occupational, physical and speech therapy programs designed for children with special needs.
Early Intervention (EI) is an NY State-funded program providing services to children, age 0 to 3, who are suspected of having or have developmental delay and/or disability. Services can only be established by state-approved agencies with an active contractor with Westchester County Department of Health (WCDOH). If your child is found eligible, appropriate EI services are identified in collaboration with the parent and authorized by WCDOH.
Authorized EI services are arranged by WCDOH and provided by an EI-approved provider/agency, such as Creative Wonders Therapy Center. When EI services are delivered in a childcare setting or other community location that requires a fee, the parent is responsible for paying any costs associated with such settings/locations. If you or your physician suspects a delay or disability in your child, please contact the Westchester County Department of Health at (914) 813-5094 to find out if your child is eligible for EI services.
Family/parent training and counseling is provided by licensed clinical social workers. Children with special needs provide unique challenges to parents who are often looking for support and strategies as they meet these challenges. The parent trainer/counselor helps families cope with their child’s medical, behavioral, developmental, learning or health issues. Typical issues addressed include but are not limited to:
Occupational therapy is a skilled profession with roots in psychology, anatomy, neurology, and kinesiology that is aimed at maximizing a child's potential to function independently within his/her environment. The focus of therapy may be rehabilitation after an injury, habilitation when development is behind, fabrication of splints, recommendations for assistive technology, or adaptive equipment.
An occupational therapist evaluates a child's gross/fine motor skills as well as visual perceptual and sensory integration skills in relation to what is expected of them developmentally. At Creative Wonders Therapy Center, we use up-to-date equipment to provide the latest therapy techniques to children. Since the occupation of children is primarily play, it is through this media that therapy is often conducted. We work closely with families, teachers, physicians, and other professionals to meet the needs of each child. We provide activities of daily living – dressing/grooming services for children with a wide range of diagnoses including but not limited to:
Attention Difficulties/Poor Organization of Behavior
The goal of pediatric physical therapy is to improve the performance of gross motor skills. Our seasoned physical therapists are skilled and experienced in the following areas:
Balance and Coordination Disorders
Motor Learning/Planning Difficulties
NDT and Sensory Integration Treatments
Therapy sessions utilize a variety of specialized techniques to address the underlying deficits such as hands-on facilitation, myofascial release, and stretching activities, abdominal and core muscle strengthening, and balance exercise on a large assortment of therapeutic equipment. Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), autism, hypotonia, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, coordination disorders, and torticollis are a few of the diagnoses that can be addressed by physical therapy.
Children with delays or motor issues often feel left behind when playing with peers and siblings and miss out on valuable cognitive and social learning experiences. Physical therapy can give children the skills and confidence they need to run, play, explore, and most importantly, have fun!
Speech-language pathologists, sometimes called speech therapists, assess, diagnose, treat, and help prevent speech, language, cognitive, communication, voice, swallowing, fluency, and other related disorders. Speech-language pathologists work with people:
With cognitive communication impairments (attention, memory, and auditory processing disorders)
With hearing loss (use hearing aids or cochlear implants are used in order to develop auditory skills and improve communication)
With oral-motor weakness and feeding or swallowing difficulties
With problems making speech sounds or cannot make them clearly
With problems understanding and producing language
With speech rhythm and fluency problems such as stuttering
With voice quality problems (inappropriate pitch or harsh voice)
Some Causes of Speech and Language Difficulties
Speech problems can be congenital, developmental, or acquired. Our speech-language pathologists diagnose the nature and extent of impairment to record and analyze speech, language, and swallowing irregularities. They teach individuals how to make sounds, enhance their voices, or increase their language skills to improve their communication skills. In addition, speech-language pathologists work with family members to recognize and change behavior patterns that impede communication and treatment by teaching them communication-enhancing techniques.
Our Seasoned Speech Therapists’ Scope of Practice
Articulation and Phonological Disorders
Expressive and Receptive Language Difficulties
Oral Motor Difficulties
Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) Training
Here at our clinic, we pride ourselves on having a team of qualified physical, occupational, and speech therapists who are passionate about helping children. Let us help your child improve their skills. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.