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Occupational Therapy Programs

Therapeutic Listening®:

Therapeutic Listening® is an evidence based protocol that can be implemented by therapists who have been specifically trained in utilization of the program.  Therapists can evaluate a child’s sensory processing needs, develop a child specific program, then implement Therapeutic Listening® in the clinic setting while advising families on how to carry over the program in their home environment.  Therapeutic Listening® combines a sound based intervention which utilizes electronically altered music on compact discs with traditional sensory integration treatment strategies.

Therapeutic Listening® in conjunction with sensory integration techniques tends to speed the emergence of some of the following:

  • Attention
  • Organized behavior
  • Self regulation
  • Fine motor control
  • Postural control
  • Oral motor/articulation
  • Visual motor integration
  • Social skills/communication
  • Praxis
  • Bilateral integration

The equipment required for listening therapy are headphones that meet specific requirements, a CD player with special features, and CDs that are electronically altered, based on the ideas and the technology created by Alfred Tomatis, Guy Beard, and Ingo Steinbach. Depending on the child’s treatment goals, the therapist will determine which music, modulation, and activities best suit the child and a program will be developed to specifically target the child’s unique needs.

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Handwriting Without Tears®:

Positive Steps Therapy takes pride in their use of the Handwriting Without Tears® (HWT) program.  Therapists strive to help children with difficulties developing or refining handwriting skills essential for achieving success.  The HWT program takes a multisensory approach to handwriting.  The program incorporates fun activities for all ages including, but not limited to:  the use of whole body movements, play dough, small writing utensils, stamp and see screen, music, worksheets, and wooden letter pieces.  The HWT program was designed to teach writing in a way that is both simplified and easy for children of all ages to learn print and/or cursive.  Our occupational therapists are all educated and trained on the use of this program.  Parents have reported improved performance both in the classroom and home environments with the HWT program.

In addition, Positive Steps Therapy now has an evaluation tool to look at all aspects of your child’s handwriting.  The Print Tool® is an assessment used for children of all ages to evaluate and remediate printing skills.  This evaluation is useful in determining where the therapist should start in the remediation process of handwriting.  The test looks at 7 components of handwriting including; memory, orientation, placement, size, start points, sequence of formation and control.  Therapists have the ability to adapt this test to your child’s needs and look only at specific criterion.  Scores reported from this test are easy for parents to understand and the evaluation can be completed before and after remediation to see the positive changes in your child’s handwriting.

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