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Areas of Specialization

Below are just a few of the specialties we focus on in Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy here at Sensory Kids:  
 
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) assists children who have disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth. OMT eliminates many of the causes of swallowing abnormalities and improper rest posture of the tongue. OMT is painless and the exercises are relatively simple. In order to achieve success, consistent exercise is necessary until the child has corrected their improper muscle pattern.

Handwriting Without Tears®
Handwriting Without Tears® is a multisensory program that provides developmentally appropriate tools and strategies for your child. This program is backed by research which shows that children learn more effectively by being actively involved in the learning process.

Beckman Oral Motor
Since 1975, Debra Beckman has worked to develop specific oral interventions which activate muscle contraction through assisted movement by the therapist. These interventions also provide movement against resistance to build strength and focus on the lips, cheeks, jaw and tongue.

Bal-A-Vis-X
Bal-A-Vis-X is a series of exercises, which are done with sand-filled bags and/or racquetballs. Meanwhile, the child’s balance is challenged while standing on a rocking balance board. The exercises become rhythmic, requiring visual attention and crossing the midline of the body.

The PECS System
The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a form of augmentative and alternative communication. PECS is designed to teach functional communication skills. PECS does not require complex or expensive materials since it uses picture symbols as the modality. Research has shown that many preschoolers using PECS begin developing speech. It is also an emerging treatment shown to increase communication skills for individuals with ASD.


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