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  Occupational Therapy
  Specialty Interventions
  OT Screening

Star Therapy Inc. provides specialized pediatric Occupational Therapy. Our services are offered  in homes, schools, daycares, preschools and the community.  This section provides a brief overview of the comprehensive services we provide. Please contact us at 404-514-4990, if you have any questions or would like to speak with one of our therapists regarding your child's therapy needs. Please browse the information that relates to your needs and then proceed to the Getting Started  to begin your intake process.
 

Occupational Therapy


Changing “Picky Eaters” into “Good Eaters”
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy (OT) works with children to develop the skills they need for many “jobs” of childhood. Star Therapy Inc. specializes in pediatrics and are uniquely equipped to help children develop the skills they need for the many "jobs" of childhood (play, school, and self-help skills). Concerns often addressed by OT include:
Fine  Motor Skill Challenges Difficulty with writing skills, buttons/snaps, use of utensils & scissors, ad grasping or picking up small objects.

Self-Help Skills Feeding, bathing dressing.

Problems with Motor Coordination May be awkward, seemingly careless, accident prone, or “clumsy.” May have difficulties with activities such as standing on one foot, catching a ball, or sitting to tie shoelaces.

Play Skills May have difficulty engaging and interacting with peers, often preferring adult interaction. May have limited eye-contact and limited play ideas.

Reaching Developmental Milestones

Sensory Processing Dysfunction: Oversensitivity or under sensitivity to sounds, smells, sights, touch, movement, taste, and difficulty with sense of body awareness.

Difficulty with feeding and other oral-motor skills Difficulty chewing, drinking from a straw, or tolerating various food textures. May be described as a “picky eater.”

Emotional Regulation May have difficulty with transitions or changes in routine, have unpredictable outbursts, have an activity level that is either too low or high, and is often unable to “go with the flow.”
 

Symptoms and/or signs your child may need an Occupational Therapy Evaluation


Children experiencing difficulties with…..

  Self-Feeding (e.g., using a fork or spoon)
  Buttons, Zippers and Fasteners
  Writing
  Cutting with Scissors
  Transitions
  Attention
  Self Control
  Unusually High or Low Activity Level
  Motor Coordination
  Advancing Diet (i.e., “Picky” Eater
  Motor Planning and Sequencing Motor Movements
  Ball Skills (e.g., kicking, catching, and throwing)
  Visual Tracking
  Visual Perceptual Skills
  Meeting Motor Milestones

Star Therapy provides:

  Occupational Therapy Evaluation
  Individual Occupational Therapy Intervention
  Group Therapy
  Occupational Therapy Screening
 

Specialty Occupational Therapy Interventions


Our Therapists are Certified in Providing Therapeutic Listening Interventions.
  Beckman Oral Motor/Feeding
  Handwriting Without Tears
  Sensory Integration Therapy
  Wilbarger Protocol
  The Alert Program
  Vestibular/Visual Training (Astronaut Program)
  Integrated Listening System (iLs)
  Sensory Diet
  MORE for the mouth
  Therapeutic Listening
  The Listening Program
  Interactive Metronome

Therapists at Star Therapy are trained in a variety of methods and therapeutic techniques for the treatment of speech and language challenges, fine and gross motor difficulties, and sensory integration dysfunction. Star Therapy maintains a strong commitment to continuing education, and we work hard to stay abreast of new and emerging approaches to helping children become their very best! Listed below is a brief description of the specialized methods we are pleased to offer.
 

What does therapy look like?

Therapy is fun and is designed for the child to actively participate in activites carefully chosen to facilitate change at the subcortical level of the brain. This results in long term changes rather than teaching specific “splinter” skills. Our therapists are highly trained and experienced in applying Sensory Integration techniques and implementing intensive therapy programs. Please click here to learn more about Sensory Processing and iLs.


Core Strengthening


Tactile Fun!


Handwriting Made Fun
 

What does an OT Screening Entail?

An occupational therapy screening is a basic look at your child's fine motor coordination, sensory processing, visual motor skills and independence with self care skills to determine the need for further evaluation. Your child may need a screening if you have concerns regarding the above mentioned areas or is not meeting age excepted sensory-motor milestones.

OT screenings take place at your child's school or daycare or at our office location. Please ask your school's director to contact us to set up screenings at your school!
 

Beckman Oral Motor Program

The Beckman Oral Motor Protocol uses assisted movement and stretch reflexes to quantify response to pressure and movement, range, strength, variety and control of movement for the lips, cheeks, jaw, tongue and soft palate. The assessment is based on clinically defined functional parameters of minimal competence and does not require the cognitive participation of the individual. Because these components of movement are functional, not age specific, the protocol is useful with a wide range of ages and diagnostic categories.

Oral motor skills impact basic survival such as sucking and swallowing in infants that begin by the third month of gestation. Development of these skills enhances the progression from milk to pureed food and table foods. Oral skills also impact the control needed for speech development, from producing the cooing sounds as an infant, to articulating complex words in conversational speech.
 

Handwriting Without Tears®

The goal of Handwriting Without Tears® is to make handwriting an automatic and natural skill for children of all ability levels. Children and teachers enjoy HWT because it makes handwriting easy and fun to learn. With less than 10 minutes of instruction a day, children can learn to write well. This program is unique in that it is developmentally based, works for children of all abilities, uses multi-sensory teaching aids and methods, and is easy to teach and fun to learn. For more information www.hwtears.com
 




Sensory Integration Therapy

Once children with SPD have been accurately diagnosed, they will benefit from Occupational Therapy utilizing a Sensory Integration approach. The goal of Sensory Integration (SI) is to facilitate the development of the nervous system’s ability to process sensory input in a more typical way.

Through integration, the brain pulls together sensory messages and forms coherent information upon which to act. Sensory Processing Therapy uses neurosensory and neuromotor exercises to improve the brain’s ability to repair itself. When successful, it can improve attention, concentration, listening, comprehension, balance, coordination and impulsivity control.

During treatment, a child is guided through activities that challenge his or her ability to respond appropriately to sensory input by making successful, organized responses. Therapy typically involves activities that provide vestibular, auditory, proprioceptive, tactile, and oral stimulation.
 

Wilbarger Protocol

The Wilbarger Protocol (Wilbarger, 1991) is a specific, professionally guided treatment regime designed to reduce sensory defensiveness. The Wilbarger Protocol has its origins in sensory integration theory, and was developed by Patricia Wilbarger, M.Ed., OTR, FAOTA, an internationally recognized expert who specializes in the assessment and treatment of sensory defensiveness.

Deep-touch pressure, compression or traction to the joints, and heavy muscle action combined together to provide a special combination of input that reduces or eliminates sensory defensiveness (a summation of sensation that is neurologically experienced in a short period of time over a large body space).
 

The Alert Program (How Does Your Engine Run)®

Is an innovative program that supports children, teachers, parents, and therapists to choose appropriate strategies to change or maintain states of alertness. Students learn what they can do before a spelling test or homework time to attain an optimal state of alertness for their tasks. Teachers learn what they can do after lunch, when their adult nervous systems are in a low alert state and their students are in a high alert state. Parents learn what they can do to help their child's nervous system change from a high alert state to a more appropriate low state at bedtime. Please see www.alertprogram.com for further information.
 

Astronaut Training

Astronaut Training is a sound activated vestibular protocol for moving, looking, and listening. It was created by Mary J Kawar MS, OTR and Shiela M Frick, OTR.  Astronaut Training provides precise input to all five vestibular receptors, along with auditory and visual input to create a comprehensive treatment protocol that integrates these three sensory systems. Core activities provide opportunities for an adaptive response to sensory input, which completes the sensorimotor neurological circuits underlying all function. Guidelines are provided for safe, effective use of this protocol with clients of all ages and diagnoses.
 

Integrated Listening System (iLs)


Multi-Sensory Approach
Integrated Listening SYstem (iLs) is a Tomatis-based sound therapy that trains the ear, brain and auditory pathways to better process sensory input and function more efficiently. By combining an auditory program with specific visual and balance activities, iLs strengthens neurological pathways and improves the ability to learn and process information.  Please visit www.integratedlistening.com for further information on this innovative and powerful program or speak with one of our trained therapists at Star Threrapy.

 

Sensory Diet

A sensory diet is a diet of specific activities prescribed based on your child’s individual sensory needs.  These activities are completed at certain times during the day to assist your child to feel calm, alert, and organized.  A sensory diet is designed with input from family, teachers, and/or other caregivers.

Star Therapy provides exceptional Occupational Therapy services in our “state of the art” mobile therapy gym.
The OT BUS service areas includes Cumming, Dawsonville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, and Sandy Springs.



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Star Therapy, Inc  provides Occupational Therapy , in children’s homes, schools, and day cares, in Cumming, Alpharetta, Suwanee, Johns Creek and surrounding areas.

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