Services

Starting Fall 2022, The TheraFriends Team will Provide:

  • Screenings and evaluations

  • Comprehensive evaluation reports

  • Individualized treatment plans for supporting goals

  • High-quality individual and group therapy sessions

  • Periodic progress reports and re-evaluation reports

  • Parent/teacher communication to collaborate on goal-setting and to support generalization and carry-over of skills

To ensure optimal, high-quality, and individualized services, we do not contract with private insurance companies but rely on the generous contributions of our community partners. We will also offer a sliding fee scale as applicable to each family's needs. 

young girl receives speech therapy services while sitting on her mom's lap

SPEECH-LANGUAGE THERAPY​​

Speech-Language Therapy is provided by speech-language pathologists trained in the assessment and treatment of speech, language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing difficulties.

SPEECH-LANGUAGE THERAPY INCLUDES SUPPORT WITH:

  • Articulation and Phonology

  • Receptive and Expressive Language

  • Fluency

  • Aural Habilitation/Rehabilitation

  • Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC)

  • Cognition

  • Voice 

  • Apraxia

  • Aphasia

  • Neurodiversity affirming speech/language development

  • Dysphagia (feeding/swallowing difficulties)

  • Early Literacy and Phonemic Awareness

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

​Occupational therapy (also known as OT) addresses issues related to a child’s participation in daily activities or routines. The term “occupation” relates to what occupies a child’s time.​​

​OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY INCLUDES

  • Using your hands to manipulate toys, feed, dress, brush teeth, comb hair, or bathe.

  • Coordinating your body in order to explore your environment

  • Playing and interacting with others

  • Trying and eating different types of nutritious foods

  • Paying attention and listening to others

  • Organizing information from your environment that is received through your senses

very young Black girl receives occupational therapy using rainbow toys
young girl is strapped into a device for physical therapy. Therapist is kneeling next to her.

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Physical therapy promotes independence, increases participation, facilitates motor development and function, improves strength and endurance, enhances learning opportunities, and eases challenges with daily caregiving. 

​PHYSICAL THERAPY INCLUDES

  • Positioning during daily routines and activities

  • Adapting toys for play

  • Expanding mobility options

  • Using equipment effectively

  • Facilitating safety for the home and community

  • Providing information on the child’s physical and healthcare needs

  • Smoothing transitions from early childhood to school and into adult life

DEVELOPMENTAL THERAPY

Developmental therapy is performed by a professional with a background in child development and education as well as an Infant Toddler Family Specialist (ITFS) certification granted by the state’s Infant-Toddler Program.

Developmental therapy helps to support a child’s developmental progress by addressing specialized goals.

Our therapists share Early Intervention’s primary goal – to support families in promoting their child’s optimal development and to facilitate the child’s participation in family and community activities.

three children, two girls and one boy, receive behavior therapy from a female therapist.
two young girls with blond hair in teal jackets are playing outside

OUTDOOR THERAPEUTIC PLAYGROUPS

Let’s get back to nature!

Our inclusive, therapeutic playgroups welcome children to go back to the basics of creative, outdoor play while connecting with their peers.  Countless studies show the benefits of being outdoors on our health, mood, activity level, senses, creativity, and concentration. We want to harness those benefits for our children by providing them the space to learn, explore, and grow together.

Rainy day? Grab your raincoat, boots, and umbrella! Our outdoor playgroup is RAIN OR SHINE because what can be more fun than playing in the puddles?! We have adopted the mantra: There isn’t bad weather, just bad clothing.

What does “inclusive” mean? Inclusive means “open to everyone.” So no matter how your child thinks, communicates, or moves...all are welcomed, supported, and affirmed here. Being a part of a more diverse peer group makes diversity the norm for children. It helps them understand that everyone is different and that we celebrate, embrace, and respect these differences.

 

So whether your child might require a little extra help, or they love to be a helper (and we know that those roles can reverse at any time)....this group is for them!

FUNCTIONAL VISION ASSESSMENT FOR CORTICAL/CEREBRAL VISUAL IMPAIRMENT (CVI)

  • CVI is the most prevalent form of visual impairment in children in developed countries such as the United States. The main cause of visual impairment impacts certain areas of the brain responsible for processing visual information, and NOT due solely to ocular dysfunction, therefore functional vision is assessed differently for an individual with CVI versus ocular issues. 

  • It is imperative that a child with CVI,  who is actively involved in therapies that encourage the use of their vision, have their functional vision assessed periodically, as vision can improve with proper intervention

  • Training for the therapy team on how to meet the unique needs of children with CVI will be provided.

a red elephant on a tablet is used to give CVI therapy to a young boy. The therapist is a woman.