- Improving sensory modulation and integration
- Developing motor skills and coordination
- Improving communication skills
- Improving handwriting skills
- Addressing feeding concerns
- Enhancing social skills
- Improving self-esteem
- Facilitating success in school
- Improving focus, attention and organization
- Fostering independence in self-help and play skills
One thing I really appreciate about Emerge is how they not only have one-on-one therapy, but also offer group sessions. My own child was in a feeding group and I saw it's impact firsthand, so I know how not only how valuable they are, but how much the kids love them. Just some of the therapy groups Emerge has include: "Social Sleuths to help older school-aged children (8-12 year olds) build awareness for social cues and navigate social situations", "Picky Eaters and Problem Feeders uses the Sequential-Oral-Sensory approach to safe food exploration in a comfortable and sensory supportive social environment", and "Cool Cats to develop coping strategies for children with anxiety". (Groups offered depend on demand and season, with summertime being the most popular. Go here for the full listing and info on how to apply.) Both group and individual therapy utilize specialized services and customized programs, like Interactive Metronome® and Visualizing and Verbalizing®.
"It is our dedication to parent education." says Brittni M. Winslow, Clinical Director of Occupational Therapy at Emerge (and SoDu member). "We offer parent interpretive conferences to discuss evaluation findings in great detail and to educate and involve parents as a critical part of the treatment team. Our therapists always make the time to correspond with parents regarding treatment plans and recommendations for their child. Therapy is tailored to not only the client’s needs, but the family’s needs as a whole. We understand that therapy is only a small fraction of your child’s week and ultimately success across all of the child’s environments is the goal. Emerge also has a commitment to early intervention and working with young children. We accept clients from birth through 21 years old, with a large majority of our clientele being 5 years old and younger. We have treatment spaces dedicated to working with younger children who may be overwhelmed by larger spaces. The 0-3 years are critical for brain development. Facilitating development thru therapeutic intervention when children are young can yield the greatest outcomes."
I love how our therapist really keeps us in the loop about therapy goals and progress, and I also really appreciate what the clinic does to empower us with information. The website is full of resources and links for parents. One particular blog post of theirs that might be helpful at this time of year is a list they created of great holiday gifts for children. They have fun and educational toys sorted into the categories of fine motor, visual perceptual, cooperative, gross motor, sensory, language enrichment, imaginative play, and infant/toddler. This added bonus isn't something you'd get just anywhere, but going above and beyond is par for the course at Emerge.
"My two boys have seen tremendous improvements since they started working with the Occupational Therapists at Emerge - A Child’s Place. My oldest son used to sit alone at lunch and play by himself on the playground. Since learning new techniques from his therapist, he has been able to make friends and plays much more easily with others. As a parent, seeing this kind of a change means the world to me!"
"Emerge has also made a huge impact on my life. My son’s therapists have helped me understand why my children react in certain ways, and the therapists have given me a new perspective on how to deal with difficult situations. Their innovative ideas have helped me address every day occurrences in new ways. The support my family has received from Emerge has made life a lot easier for us all."
"I full-heartedly recommend Emerge - A Child’s Place for families. Every member of their staff is AWESOME, and they have the expertise to address all kinds of challenges for children including autism, ADHD, communication difficulties, behavioral problems, and even picky eaters!"
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