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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Way to Grow provides pediatric Occupational Therapy services to children who have difficulty performing age appropriate functional skills. Each child who is evaluated, receives a written report featuring their strengths, identifying weaknesses/areas to improve and a plan of treatment is designed around the goals of the client and family. All services are provided by a licensed therapist on a 1:1 basis.

Intensive Therapy Services

We now offer week long, intensive programs at our facility! If you live out of our direct area and would like to receive a customized plan of care, including a comprehensive OT evaluation, home program activities, literary resources and customized 1:1 intensive (daily) services for your child, please contact us for pricing, and availability!

Areas of Focus

• Comprehensive evaluation with a detailed written report
• IEE-Independent Educational Evaluations
• School contracted services
• Individual therapy treatment
• Home program development
• School/Daycare consultations
• Handwriting/ Feeding/Motor Skill groups (as available)

Programs Offered

• Handwriting Without Tears
• "Zones" program for self-regulation
• iLs “Integrated Listening Systems” certified/provider
• S.O.S. certified feeding provider
• Summer camp programs
• Intensive programs

Treatment methods and protocols used:

NDT (Neurodevelopment Treatment) -NDT is a treatment technique that was developed by Berta Bobath, a physical therapist, and her husband Karel Bobath, a medical doctor. NDT is widely used by occupational and physical therapists to remediate neurological and developmental motor dysfunction. The goals of NDT are to reduce the influence of abnormal muscle tone, improve postural reactions, promote stability, improve functional movement patterns, and to prevent deformities. NDT techniques offer a hands-on approach to addressing the issues of motor learning and control.


Sensory Integration -Sensory integration is a theory and technique developed by A. Jean Ayres, a psychologist and occupational therapist. Ayres described SI as "the organization of sensation for use" (Ayres, 1979). In sensory integration theory, SI is referred to as a neurological process that occurs naturally within the brain with little conscious effort or attention. It involves the processing and integration of external and internal sensory information within the brain, and the ability to use this information functionally through appropriate adaptive responses. The sensory information that is received into our nervous systems from our environment or from within our bodies includes not only the senses most people are familiar with (auditory (hearing), visual (seeing), olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste), tactile (touch), but also other sensations that arise from within our bodies, such as vestibular and proprioceptive sensory input. It is hypothesized that the process of SI has an impact on our development, motor control, learning and behavior.


Motor Learning Theory -when using this theory, the focus is on the acquisition of specific motor skills and how the learning of those motor skills occurs. The therapist assists the child in acquiring the motor skills through activities, and feedback and provides practice to refine and strengthen the skills learned.

Kudos

Here's what families are saying about Way to Grow

"Heather is a caring and very talented occupational therapist. While working with Heather, my daughter felt like she was going to a play date every week instead of a therapy session, and made significant improvements during her sessions. Heather has great communication with parents and helps explain what a parent can do at home to enforce what was learned in therapy. I highly recommend Heather to anyone in need of a occupational therapist. We are so grateful to have found her!"

-Lyndsey M.
Contact Information

4100 S. Lindsay Rd., Suite 114
Gilbert, AZ 85297

Phone: 623-396-5467
Fax: 602-926-0258

Email: info@waytogrowaz.com

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