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Our Mission
 

Our mission statement is dynamic and permeates our work every day.

Since 2003, we have grown from one occupational therapist and one speech therapist to over a dozen clinicians. With this growth, we have assembled an expert team in a state-of-the art clinic. We do this all on a bare-bones budget, supported by key personnel in our practice manager, directors, and on behalf of the families we serve.

SERVICES:
Therapy

Developmental FX provides individualized, transformative pediatric clinical services worldwide. Our team is highly skilled in working with families with complex neurodevelopmental needs. Our therapists provide insightful care for all of our families, from those who need support in acquiring skills such as sound articulation, handwriting abilities, or social skills, to children who may have more significant needs including those affected by rare genetic conditions. For all of our families, we adopt an evidence informed philosophy of treatment.

Highly Individualized

Therapy that Fits”  describes our philosophy – every child is met exactly where they are and supported to make progress in a manner that matches their needs and strengths. Unlike many clinics, we do not follow a formulary or adhere to a narrow model of intervention. We set the standard of care and provide highly individualized intervention, specific to each child or adult we treat.

Ongoing progress monitoring, collaboration, and communication are a part of our professional care for families receiving therapy.

“All of you at DFX have played such a large part in my son’s growth. He is not only doing ‘well’ in his new school, he is thriving, growing, and becoming just an amazing young man with tremendous potential. Thank you all for what you have done to help him along.” –parent of 9 year old boy with autism

At DFX, we take a holistic approach to evaluation and treatment. By assessing each child’s developmental levels and individual differences, underlying challenges can be better understood and the difficulties that a child is experiencing can be resolved more quickly and more fully. We aim to improve collaboration between all professionals relevant to the child, and work in partnership with families.

 

Therapy Services

Dedicated to providing the best pediatric therapy services within an atmosphere of empathy and expertise. We accept all children as they are.

Families play such an important part in making the DFX therapy process successful. Parents are always encouraged to observe therapies and ask questions, and are integral in establishing goals for their child. Our therapies are based on individual needs, and you’ll find no two children with the exact same treatment plan. At DFX, you, as a family, are part of the DFX team. We will support you as you learn about your child’s strengths and needs and provide resources and advocacy in a caring, professional manner.

DFX provides Occupational and Speech/language therapy as well as counselling services with our psychologist.

  • Services are typically provided through individual sessions.
  • Co-treatments with multiple disciplines often benefit children identified for this model of intervention.
  • Treatment intensives may be recommended for individuals who need more focused, in depth intervention for targeted goals that are likely to respond to a higher frequency of care.
  • DFX also has a number of group therapies, which are a very efficient, motivating, and cost effective way to work on skills that are challenging for children. Please see our descriptions below of our on-going groups.

Our clinicians have expertise in a number of treatment approaches which might be used with your child. These include:

  • Sensory Integration (ASI® as well as adjunct sensory processing approaches)
  • DIR ®/Floortime ®
  • Therapeutic Listening ®
  • Interactive Metronome ®
  • The Hanen Centre’s “It Takes Two to Talk”
  • Handwriting Without Tears ®
  • The Alert Program for Self-Regulation
  • Michelle Garcia Winner’s “Social Thinking Curriculum”
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)
  • TEACCH
  • Development of Sensory Diet \Sensory space evaluations of homes
  • Visual Vestibular (Inner-ear balance system) Intervention
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Bike Riding Training
  • Feeding and Swallowing – with special training in oral motor skills and sensory behavioral management of feeding difficulties including food pairing/masking and peer modeling as needed
  • Executive Functioning Support including organizational skills and problem solving skills
  • Coping skills and specific self-regulation programming
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Yoga

Testimonials

“Our son made so many changes, but more than seeing changes in him, we made a lot of changes in ourselves. We have read so many books, but getting first hand input from you and your deep understanding helped us to understand him better. We are better equipped on how and what to do.” –Therapy Family
“We very thankful for all the wisdom, fun and kindness we experienced with you during our summer therapy intensive. We are just now feeling some of the real benefits of having most of our Team on the same page for our boys. We also know that we are all benefitting from our time with you!” –Therapy intensive participant

Occupational Therapy

The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists use occupations (the activities that occupy our time) both as a therapeutic tool and a goal of therapy. The occupations that are typically targeted for children include their roles as daughter or son, brother or sister, student, player, or self-maintainer (feeding, dressing, toileting and hygiene activities), with occupational therapists assisting them to become more independent in these areas.

Occupational therapy assessment and treatment sessions are specifically designed to meet the needs of each individual child and family. At DFX, occupational therapists will use a variety of philosophies and techniques which may include Sensory Integration Theory and DIR®/Floortime™ techniques. We pride ourselves on having one of the best equipped therapy spaces in the region, incorporating a range of resources including a 15 foot trampoline, 20 feet suspension length ropes for enhanced vestibular input, dozens of options for swinging as well as varied height surfaces, ramps and a ball pit.

 

Speech/language Therapy

Our therapies cover the full range of communication skills which include both the use and understanding of language, higher level language such as non-literal language, and social communication skills, such as perspective taking. Speech sound production can also be addressed in the context of overall motor planning and oral motor development. Close consideration of your child’s needs will determine the nature of therapy. This may look like quiet work at a table, active play in the sensory gym, and collaboration or co-treatment with an occupational therapist.

Counselling

is provided for families and children by our psychologist. Counselling focuses on helping parents learn effective ways to cope with their children’s behavioral issues, anxiety, mood, and other issues they may need assistance with. Counselling can also help children learn ways to identify and express their feelings, cope with upsetting events, and establish and maintain positive relationships with others.

Groups

DFX has a number of specialized groups to address the needs of children and adults. Group therapies are a very efficient, motivating, and cost effective way to work on skills that are challenging for children. We offer several on-going groups throughout the year and supplement these with special groups during the summer months.

Our on-going groups include:

Handwriting Doesn’t have to be a Struggle!

Handwriting is a complex skill that requires several systems in the body to work together in an organized manner. The group will not only involve learning and practicing handwriting skill, but will address the underlying, foundational skills that are important for success. A consistent routine, multi-sensory teaching methods, movement activities, and sensory motor strategies will also be used as well to improve participation and performance. Our goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for children to build on the foundations necessary for improving fine motor skills and handwriting abilities.

Ages: 6-14 years

When: Seasonally – After school, one hour, weekly for 8 week sessions.

Social Skills

Through games, activities and movement we will work on social communication skills such as making friends, conversation skills, understanding inferences and nonverbal language, along with understanding emotional regulation and predicting consequences. The group format will include role playing, outdoor experiences and cooperative events. DFX offers a unique and specialized experience as this group is led by both a clinical psychologist and intern in our state of the art sensory integration gym.

Ages: 7-9 years.

When: Seasonally – After school, one hour, weekly for 8 week sessions.

Calm Girls (Self-Regulation for Girls)

The Calm Girls Group provides a place for girls to come together, to learn about themselves and to find their girl power in knowing that they are not the only ones who may be struggling to find focus and self-control. The group helps girls who need to learn more about controlling their bodies, their attention and their emotions. With a focused curriculum and a fun, supportive setting, the girls are empowered to learn to be in charge of themselves.

Ages: 6-12 years

When: Seasonally – After school, one hour, weekly for 8 week sessions.

Boys, Bodies and Brains (Self -Regulation for Boys)

Facilitated by an occupational therapist and speech language pathologist, this group will focus on developing of self-regulation skills, strengthening, social communication skills and peer interactions. Activities will include breathing exercises, yoga, games, social language exercises, and relaxation. The focus will be to create a sense of mindfulness, maintain calm bodies, learn where and how to move bodies in space, provide social opportunities, use appropriate social language and boost self-esteem and self-confidence.

Ages: 6-12 years

When: Seasonally – After school, one hour, weekly for 8 week sessions.

Kids Yoga

The core principles of yoga include prana (breath), asana (postures), and savasana (deep relaxation). This fun, playful and structured yoga group aims to teach our young yogis how to integrate these core principles into everyday life. Our sessions will include breath work, sun salutations, postures to stimulate core strength and balance, mindful listening, social games, and relaxation. Yoga sessions will help yogis create and maintain calm bodies, learn where and how to move their bodies in space, provide social opportunities, and boost their self-esteem and self-confidence.

Ages: Yogis (boys) and Yoginis (girls) ages 7-15

When: Seasonally – After school, one hour, weekly for 8 week sessions.

SMILE!

Sensory, Motor, Interaction, Language, Exploration is what we do in this therapeutic, interactive and fun group! It is ideal for children aged 2 – 4 years.

Join our therapists as they move, talk, and play through one and a half hours of learning and fun! This group is designed for children with a variety of sensory, motor and language delays. We will work on a range of skills, including language, sensory processing, motor, social skills, and transitions through art, drama, movement, music and play.

Ages: 2-4 years

When: Seasonally – After school, one hour, weekly for 8 week sessions.

Calm Bodies, Calm Minds

The yoga group will be facilitated by two occupational therapists. It will focus on developing self-regulation skills, motor skills and body awareness, social skills and peer interactions. Activities will include breathing exercises, yoga, games and relaxation. The focus will be to create a sense of mindfulness, maintain calm bodies, learn where and how to move bodies in space, provide social opportunities, use appropriate social interactions within different environments, and boost self-esteem and self‐confidence.

Dates: 6 weeks: Wednesdays – July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 2016
Time: 2pm – 3 pm
Who is this camp for: Boys and girls ages 4-6 years
Where: Developmental FX (DFX) 7770 East Iliff Ave Suite C Denver, CO 80231
Cost: $300
Leaders: Angela Sauer, MA, OTR and Emily Marshall, MS, OTR
To register: Call Mouse or Jennifer at 303.333.8360 or CLICK HERE


Messy Hands, Happy heARTs

The object of the group is to give late­elementary and early middle school­aged girls a structured
opportunity to be successful in building relationships with same­aged peers while also experiencing
success in planning and creating original pieces of art. The group will employ a variety of media with a
graded increase in the collaborative nature of the projects. This will both challenge and promote the executive functioning capacities of each participant in a fun and engaging way, while working on fine motorskills. Each week the therapist(s) will contact parents via a brief written newsletter detailing each day’s activities, therapeutic targets, and areas for follow­up at home.

Dates: 4 weeks: Wednesdays- July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2016
Time: 9 am to 10:30 am
Who is this camp for: Girls ages 8 – 12 years
Where: Developmental FX (DFX) 7770 East Iliff Ave Suite C Denver, CO 80231
Cost: $300
Leaders: Jess Rempel, MOT, OTR and Kaity Dollard, MA, OTR
To register: Call Mouse or Jennifer at 303.333.8360 or CLICK HERE


PRE-K PALS


In this group for 4-5 year olds, imaginative play will be the mode through which we will explore early development of social skills. We will focus on sharing, taking turns, using words to express ourselves, as well as the development of basic problem solving skills. Parents will receive weekly handouts covering ways they can support their child’s play and social skill development at home.

Dates: 5 Weeks: Mondays July 18, July 25, Aug 1, Aug 8, and Aug 15
Time: 12:00-1:00
Who is this camp for: Boys and girls ages 4 and 5
Where: Developmental FX (DFX) 7770 East Iliff Ave Suite C Denver, CO 80231
Leaders: Meade McCue, Psy.D. and Libby Seamans, MA, CCC-SLP
To register: Call Mouse or Jennifer at 303.333.8360 or CLICK HERE

Services:
EVALUATIONS
Developmental FX provides comprehensive evaluations which result in thorough recommendations, an individualized treatment plan and referrals to appropriate resources. DFX provides families with an integrated view of their child and a clear path forward.

  • We can provide a full team assessment involving speech, occupational therapy, and psychology, or, any one or combination of these.  We carefully craft an evaluation team based on the referring questions.
  • Our team approach is unique and critical for the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders or when learning, developmental, and behavioral questions arise.
  • Thoughtful case conferences with families complete the assessment process, where the information is shared and priorities and recommendations established. This also sets the tone for ongoing dialogue with families, something we value highly at DFX.

 

To start the intake process, please call us at 303.333.8360.

Occupational Therapy Evaluations will give you information about your child’s sensory processing and motor needs, and more in-depth information such as fine motor/handwriting skills, oral motor or feeding skills, listening, or visual-vestibular integration.

Speech and Language Evaluations will provide families with information about communication skills, and can include evaluation of oral motor skills and social communication in addition to all aspects of receptive and expressive language and speech sound production.

Psychology Evaluations provide a complete picture of you or your child’s cognitive, social, emotional, learning, developmental, attentional, and executive functioning needs. Our team also provides particular expertise in assessing individuals who may present with an autism spectrum concern.

Multidisciplinary Team Evaluations are often needed to help to gain the most comprehensive information about individuals and to create an integrated intervention plan. During our intake process, our team will help to determine if a team evaluation is required. The team may include any combination of OT, SLP, PT and Psychology providers. A Multidisciplinary Evaluation may require one to two full days of direct testing time, may include a home or school visit, and then involves team meetings for interpretation and coordination of findings.

Services:
CONSULTATIONS
Sometimes a consultative model is necessary to help other settings understand your child’s needs more comprehensively. Developmental FX can provide onsite consultation at your school, vocational setting, or home. Additionally, phone or Skype consultations, review of DVD’s and review of educational, treatment, program or placement plans can be provided.The scope of consultation – either via technology or in person, may include:

  • IEP review or participation
  • Behavior challenges
  • Sensory integration
  • Sensory Diets
  • Self-regulation and coping skills
  • Fine and gross motor skills including handwriting
  • Speech and language
  • Social functioning
  • Play and early skill development
  • Development of executive functioning skills including planning, organizing, inhibitory control and working memory skills
  • Eating, feeding, toileting or other activities of daily living difficulties
  • Site visits to home, school and community programs.

 

Consults can be arranged at your home, school or workplace.

FRAGILE X SERVICES
Developmental FX is recognized by the National Fragile X Foundation as a part of the Colorado Fragile X Clinic. The Clinic Coordinator and Medical Director (Dr. Nicole Tartaglia) for the Colorado Fragile X Clinic are housed at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Our co-founders, Tracy and Mouse, have specialized in the field of Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) for over 20 years. Each year they provide expert consultation to proactive families and schools to advance diagnostically specific intervention for individuals affected by FXS. Additionally, they are asked to speak to audiences nationally and internationally, in University and community settings, about FXS. Mouse and Tracy are members of the National Fragile X Foundation’s Clinical and Research Consortium and are regular contributors of written materials and resources to support individuals with FXS.

We can provide professional and parent Training in any number of areas related to Fragile X. Topics we have been asked to speak on are outlined, but not limited to, the below:

  • Overview of Fragile X Syndrome
  • Fragile X through the Lifespan
  • Challenging Characteristics of Fragile X Syndrome
  • Utilizing a Sensory Diet at Home and School
  • The Sensory Experience: What it feels like to be Hyperaroused
  • The Practicalities of Life with Fragile X Syndrome: From High School to Adulthood
  • Living Life the Fragile X Way
  • Intervention: Occupational and Speech/Language Therapies and Fragile X Syndrome
The DFX team, including Tracy, Mouse, Ruth and Kelly have put together the FX MAX – a Fragile X Planning Tool which is a comprehensive training and consultation process.  One day or half day trainings in the use of the FX MAX are available.

Tracy and Mouse can provide a Fragile X specific consultation in your home, school or vocational setting or by Skype, phone or DVD review for:

  • IEP review or participation
  • Behavior challenges
  • Sensory integration
  • Sensory Diets
  • Self-regulation and coping skills
  • Fine and gross motor skills including handwriting
  • Speech and language
  • Social functioning
  • Play and early skill development
  • Development of executive functioning skills including planning, organizing, inhibitory control and working memory skills
  • Eating, feeding, toileting or other activities of daily living difficulties
  • Site visits to home, school and community programs
  • Transitional planning

Let our master clinicians, Mouse and Tracy, travel to your location in order to offer their expertise in a model that allows access to several families in a mini-clinic setting over a one, or multi – day time period. Consultation Clinics can easily be arranged in your city for up to nine families over a three day period of time. Many of The National Fragile X Foundation’s Community Support Networks have organized these in past locations as Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and internationally in Argentina, Brazil, Taiwan, Spain and Ireland.

For more in formation about Fragile X Syndrome, please visit the National Fragile X Foundation’s site.

MENTORING

Developmental FX offers a flexible and adaptive mentoring program, aimed to support professional colleagues in advancing their clinical reasoning through a reflective mentoring process. Presently, mentoring occurs with Tracy Murnan Stackhouse, MA, OTR. Mentoring can be done individually or in small groups, as mutually agreed upon.

Testimonial

“As always these teaching (mentoring) sessions are so productive. We continued to talk and are already thinking that we would like to have another talk around this after we integrate the information. You are a joy to listen to, and you know just how to share complex information.”
—Mentoring group in North Carolina

Reflective mentoring involves discussion, case review, literature review, video tape review as well as specific information dissemination and instruction and practice in the use of clinical reasoning tools. The overall aim is individually determined, with focused goals and learning methods identified at the start of the mentoring relationship. The aim is to tie underlying neuroscience findings into theory and practice of a sensory integrative and sensory processing intervention in a relationship-based context and including higher order processes, such as self-regulation, social cognition and executive functioning. Many of the clinical reasoning tools are proprietary to Developmental FX and are used to assist deepening understanding of the therapeutic process.

How does the mentoring program work?

Each mentee identifies goals for learning as well as specifies ways that they best learn. Then, a plan is co-constructed and methods to meet the goals selected, including any or all of the following: discussion, case review, literature review, video tape review as well as specific information dissemination, and instruction and practice in the use of clinical reasoning tools.

Mentoring often occurs via Skype/Facetime, but may include in person time either at DFX or at your own site.

Mentoring Forms:
2 forms – Mentoring Worksheet and Mentoring Meeting Agenda
If you are interested in our mentoring program, please fill out these forms and return to Tracy Stackhouse at:
tracy@developmentalfx.org

TRAINING
Developmental FX provides professional and parent training on an ongoing basis. Known for our expertise in Fragile X Syndrome, we offer full day and partial day inservices on a variety of topics related to Fragile X.  We are also the authors of the FX MAX – A Matrix Planning process for ensuring best practice intervention for those with FXS.

DFX also offers workshops in other areas of expertise including clinical reasoning (The S.T.E.P.S.I.: A clinical reasoning tool for Sensory Modulation Disorders; Praxis the Solvable Equation), and the foundations of creating sensory diets (Sensory Diet Planning: Home and School) and advancing Self-Regulatory Capacities.

Please contact us, info@developmentalfx.org, for more information.

“We are dedicated to providing the best pediatric therapy services for your child and family within an atmosphere of empathy and expertise. We accept all children as they are, and promote their development from “Can I?” to “I think I can” to “Watch me! I can!” through collaborative relationships with all those who touch their lives.”