Blossoms Developmental Therapy Associates, offers a unique therapy experience for children with neurological disorders like Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Traumatic Brain Inury, and Sensory Integration Disorders among others. Through extensive research and experiences shared by many parents, we have developed a special intensive therapy program to assist these children with making rapid advancements in the early intervention stage.
By incorporating various therapeutic methods with creative play and other activities such as yoga, dance, sports, life skills, art and music we are able to engage the child and make therapy meaningful, yet creative and motivating while tapping on the opportunities for cognitive development.
Our intensive program consists of vigorous therapy for two to three hours per day, over a period of one to three consecutive weeks. Based on the needs of the child, the program is tailored to include physical therapy, occupational therapy and oral-motor/speech-language therapy. The intensive therapy approach is a concentrated period of therapy aimed at helping the child achieve specific, functional goals. Children may make gains over the two or three week period that otherwise may take months of traditional therapy to achieve. For example, a child using a walker may advance to using quad canes by the end of a session.
Intensive therapy incorporates activities directed towards increasing strength and endurance as well as improving balance and coordination. A key component of the program is PRACTICE!! Through repetitive activities a child becomes more familiar and comfortable with new movement patterns. By practicing a "FUN" activity, children become enthusiastic and motivated to participate, which drives them to work harder.
Our facility is equipped with a Universal Exercise Unit (the "cage"), a treadmill with support system, adapted tricycles and an indoor playground.
The Universal Exercise Unit (UEU) is an amazing piece of equipment that can be used in a variety of ways. The UEU can be configured with a system of pulleys and weights to allow a child to perform isolated strengthening exercises. If the therapist wants to work on functional activities, such as standing, kneeling or transitions, the UEU can be arranged with bungee cords to provide a dynamic support system allowing a child to practice those skills safely. The therapist is then able to focus on alignment and function, while providing support to the child. A child can also experience fun, vestibular activities such as jumping, swinging or "flying" in the UEU. The UEU is an integral part of the intensive program due to the variety of applications that can be performed.
The benefits of the Intensive Program will be different for each child due to the varying of diagnoses identified in each child. However, in general our program seeks to improve the child's abilities for participation at home, in school and integrate them into their community rapidly. We assist you, the family, and your child with establishing goals that are meaningful and attainable. We assist families with obtaining adaptive equipment and provide information for educational and community resources. By working closely with the child's physicians, therapists, teachers and caregivers we can advocate for your family and your child to support continuity of care and quality of life.
Blossom’s offers special programs throughout the year that allow children to participate in typical after-school activities, in smaller group settings. This allows the child to experience new activities while also promoting the development of their core social emotional skills which are vital for their lifelong learning.
In addition to the enrichment that the arts bring to the life of a child, there has been research that tells us how Art experiences become a vehicle for learning and life enhancing. The creative process helps improve their health and emotional well being. Art Therapy practice is based on knowledge of human development and psychological theories which are implemented in the full spectrum of models of treatment.
The Blossoms Developmental Therapy is proud to announce that we are now offering Animal Assisted Therapy. We have partnered with Canine Assisted Therapy, where dogs and their handlers will be working directly with the therapists and children to optimize physical, occupational, and speech therapy goals. Jodi Sklawer, a speech-language pathologist, along with her therapy dog Willow, a yellow Labrador Retriever mix, specialize in helping children with speech and language disorders.
For more information on Animal Assisted Therapy, please visit www.catdogs.org. Please call Blossoms with any questions or to schedule an appointment.