DFX has designed a unique therapeutic space where our highly-trained multidisciplinary team works with children who have complex neurodevelopmental and mental health challenges. 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 work in partnership with families and aim to improve collaboration between all professionals relevant to the child’s care. To inquire about beginning treatment at DFX, please call us at 303.333.8360
Pediatric 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. Activities 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.
At DFX, pediatric speech/language 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.
Mental health counseling is provided for families and children by our psychologist. Counseling 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. This support can also help children learn ways to identify and express their feelings, cope with upsetting events, and establish and maintain positive relationships with others.
Developmental FX provides comprehensive evaluations which result in thorough recommendations, an individualized treatment plan, and referrals to appropriate resources – with this approach, DFX offers families 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.
- 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.
The DFX Clinical Team is trained in a wide range of evidence-based treatment modalities, and will determine which methods are most appropriate to use in working with your child.
Our therapists’ training includes but is not limited to the following:
- 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)
- 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.
To inquire about beginning treatment at DFX, please call us at 303.333.8360