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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

At ECPT Occupational Therapy sessions are provided in a supportive and playful environment that includes swings, balls, obstacle courses, music and tactile media, as well as fine motor activities and games.  Treatments are focused on facilitating the maturation of sensory processing abilities, fine motor, adaptive and play skills, attention and focus, and social engagement, to mention a few examples.

The role of a pediatric occupational therapist is to develop a child’s potential to engage successfully in their respective roles, such as son, daughter, brother, sister, student or athlete.  By facilitating their functionality in performing the “occupations” or tasks required by those roles, the occupational therapist assists the child toward competence and mastery instilling confidence, as well as self-esteem.   The challenges undertaken by each child is individual and is thus treated in an independent and individual manner appropriate to the child’s age and developmental level.

FEEDING THERAPY

We provide skilled services to children with difficulties eating.  These may include problems sucking, chewing, or swallowing age-appropriate food safely and easily.  Feeding disorders may also include difficulties in a child’s relationship to food.  A resistant eater may limit intake enough to result in illness, malnutrition, or poor growth.


THERAPEUTIC LISTENING/SOUND THERAPY

A sound therapy treatment is both a passive and participatory experience. The passive aspect is that you become more relaxed by laying down and slowing your breath. By doing this, you prepare yourself to become the receiver of sound. It's in this place of stillness that you participate by becoming more open and aware of each sound that comes in. Sound helps create the pathway to this place of stillness the same as a mantra helps you to arrive at the still point of meditation.
 

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE

Myofascial release is a type of physical therapy often used to treat myofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder caused by sensitivity and tightness in your myofascial tissues. These tissues surround and support the muscles throughout your body. The pain usually originates from specific points within your myofascial tissues called “trigger points.” 

Myofascial release focuses on reducing pain by easing the tension and tightness in the trigger points. It’s not always easy to understand what trigger point is responsible for the pain. Localizing pain to a specific trigger point is very difficult. For that reason, myofascial release is often used over a broad area of muscle and tissue rather than at single points.

Most myofascial release treatments take place during a massage therapy session. Some chiropractors and traditional medical practitioners may also offer it.

Your therapist will gently massage the myofascia and feel for stiff or tightened areas. Normal myofascia should feel pliable and elastic. The therapist will begin massaging and stretching the areas that feel rigid with light manual pressure. The therapist then aids the tissue and supportive sheath in releasing pressure and tightness. The process is repeated multiple times on the same trigger point and on other trigger points until the therapist feels the tension is fully released.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

Sometimes all the body needs to activate the healing process is a light touch by a skilled hand. CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle approach that works to alleviate a range of sensory, motor or neurological disorders.

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch manual approach that enhances the body’s natural healing capabilities. For nearly 30 years is has been shown to be effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and loss of function. CST is useful as both a primary treatment method and combined with other traditional or complementary techniques.

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Physical Therapy provides individual evaluations and treatment interventions to develop strength, flexibility, coordination, posture, balance, endurance, and motor planning skills.  An individualized treatment plan is developed with long-term and short-term goals.  Physical Therapy is aimed at developing the sensory and large motor foundations necessary for mobility and large motor skill development.  When necessary, Physical Therapy also addresses adaptive techniques, the use of assistive mobility devices, and environmental adaptations for success in daily mobility.  Your physical therapist works closely with families, medical personnel, and other professionals involved with your child to achieve the best possible outcomes.  We are committed to developing skills that will promote safety, independence, and improve quality of life.

A sound therapy treatment is both a passive and participatory experience. The passive aspect is that you become more relaxed by laying down and slowing your breath. By doing this, you prepare yourself to become the receiver of sound. It's in this place of stillness that you participate by becoming more open and aware of each sound that comes in. Sound helps create the pathway to this place of stillness the same as a mantra helps you to arrive at the still point of meditation.


INFANT MASSAGE

Infant massage provides many benefits for the infant. A caring touch is good for everyone, but especially for infants who are new to the world and need the reassurance of someone special being there for them. Studies have shown that infant massage alleviates the stress that newborns experience as a result of the enormous change that birth creates. They have just spent nine months in a home that fed them; kept them warm; brought them the oxygen they needed; took care of waste products; and provided a gentle rocking motion to soothe them. Now, the outside world has taken over, and things are not as simple as they were. Massage enables a smoother transition from the comfortable womb to that of humankind. The benefits of massage for the infant include:

  • It helps baby learn to relax.

  • It improves immune system.

  • It promotes bonding and communication.

  • It promotes positive body image.

  • It decreases the production of stress hormones.

  • It promotes sounder and longer sleep.

  • It helps to regulate digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems.

  • It helps relieve discomfort from gas and colic, congestion, and teething.

SENSORY INTEGRATION

Sensory integration is the process by which we receive information through our senses, organize this information, and use it to participate in everyday activities.

I cannot say enough great things about our experience at Early Choice Pediatric Therapy. We have been taking both of our girls there for over a year now and have seen tremendous improvements in both of them. Elizabeth shows a genuine concern for our girls, is extremely knowledgeable with a true gift for helping these special kiddos and I do not feel like we are just another number. It is amazing to see the difference in both our girls. ECPT has been a true blessing for our family. I will absolutely recommend them to any and all!
— Heidi Kelly