First Steps

Speech Therapy
Speech-language pathologists, sometimes called speech therapists, assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent disorders related to speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, and fluency. Speech therapy focuses on receptive (understanding what is said) and expressive (being able to speak so that others can understand) communication. It may include the use of sign language, augmentative communication devices or other assistive technology. The SLP may also be involved with the child’s feeding program.

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Occupational Therapy
In its simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, and helping people recovering from injury to regain skills. Learn more here…

 

 

Developmental Therapy
Developmental Therapy focuses on infant/toddler development and ways to promote development. This includes designing learning environments and activities to promote development across all domains: cognitive; physical; communication; social/emotional; and adaptive. Specialized Instruction is a required service of IDEA, Part C. Indiana designates its providers of specialized instruction as Developmental Therapists. Since there is no one pre-service academic degree for this category, the state has defined multiple categories of Developmental Therapy, each with its own entry level qualifications. Learn more here…

 

 

Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy focuses on gross motor skills and the ability to move and effectively use his/her arms, legs, trunk and head.

Physical therapists apply research and proven techniques to help people get back in motion. All physical therapists are required to receive a graduate degree – either a master’s degree or a clinical doctorate — from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices. They are trusted health care professionals with extensive clinical experience who examine, diagnose, and then prevent or treat conditions that limit the body’s ability to move and function in daily life. Learn more here…

 

Other Services

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