Clinic Services

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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

To help your kiddos acclimate to our new location and routines, we’ve created visual schedules that you can review with your child before coming to therapy. Click on the links below to access the appropriate schedule:

Pediatric Occupational Therapy

The primary goal of occupational therapy (OT) is to enable individuals to participate in meaningful activities of everyday living. Occupational therapists use occupations (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 child, sibling, student, player, or self-maintainer (feeding, dressing, toileting and hygiene activities). Pediatric occupational therapy aims to support children to increase their independence across occupations and to build capacity and support participation. The Occupational Therapy program at DFX is grounded in the belief that children should be met where they are and supported to make progress in a way that matches their strengths and needs. This ‘Therapy that Fits’ philosophy is woven across the services we provide within our OT program including assessments, treatment, wrap-around services, consultations, and community collaborations. 

We pride ourselves on having one of the best-equipped therapy spaces in the region, incorporating a range of resources including high suspension ropes for enhanced vestibular input, dozens of options for swings, varied height surfaces, soft cozy and crashing spaces, a trampoline, ramps and a ball pit.

Our occupational therapy intervention is highly individualized, evidence-based, and informed by a variety of philosophies and techniques including:

  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Sensory Integration Theory
  • DIR®/Floortime™
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • SOS Approach to Feeding
  • And many more 

Therapist with boy in tunnelSpeech and Language Therapy

Pediatric speech-language therapies cover a wide range of communication skills, including both the use and understanding of language (expressive and receptive language), social communication, and speech production. DFX believes in a total communication approach, providing language support verbally, through augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and through signs and gestures. Speech-language therapy extends to the use of higher-level pragmatic language such as non-literal language, non-verbal language (body language and facial expressions), perspective-taking, and verbal problem-solving. Therapy targeting speech production can involve building phonological awareness, speech production skills, oral motor planning, or speech fluency. Close consideration of each child’s needs determine the nature of therapy. Therapy sessions may look like quiet play at a table, shared book reading, active play in the sensory gym, and/or collaboration or co-treatment with an occupational therapist. Speech and language evaluations provide families with information about their child’s communication skills, including receptive and expressive language, speech production, and social communication.

Psychology and Counseling

The Mental Health (MH) program at Developmental FX provides highly individualized interventions to children and families with a wide range of neurodevelopmental and emotional needs. There are many reasons that a family would seek out MH therapy, but most commonly, it is because the family is concerned for their child’s wellbeing and is seeking out support. Mental health therapy aims to support children and families to understand “big feelings,” and relational dynamics that may be underlying challenging behaviors. It works to support a child’s understanding of their feelings and find a new way to respond to their feelings. Mental health therapy helps children identify, name, and gain control of their feelings so they can use their “smart brains” to solve their problems and advocate for any help they may need. With their therapist, MH therapy provides children with attuned and responsive engagement with their therapist, to feel comfortable exploring their feelings, understanding what those feelings mean, and the reason why they respond the way they do. It is a fun and engaging therapy, meeting a child where they are and using the power of connection and play to help the child feel heard and understood. 

At DFX caregivers serve as a critical piece of the therapy process and are often supported through coaching and/or direct sessions with the therapist. When caregivers learn therapy tools that their child practices during sessions, they can feel confident in supporting their child at home. Caregiver coaching and education explores the reasons why a child may be struggling and uses research driven information about how human brains and bodies respond when under stress. Caregivers learn how to support their children’s needs to build resilience.

Evaluations

When caregivers sense differences in how their child participates at home, school or with friends, DFX can provide a comprehensive evaluation to find any underlying reasons that these struggles may be happening. Evaluations help us understand how a child thinks, processes, and understands the world. Standardized assessments provide us with data on your child’s unique profile of strengths and weaknesses. From this, we can understand how to use your child’s strengths to shore up areas of weakness as well as what outside accommodations or direct interventions are needed. Clinical observations throughout the assessment provide valuable insight into how your child approaches tasks and what type of support they do or do not need during the evaluation. This gives us tangible information about what your child may benefit from support with to feel successful in their daily life. Throughout the evaluation process we also gather information from your child’s community and learn what resources may be needed to support your child holistically.

 The DFX Clinical Team is trained in a wide range of evidence-based treatment approaches and modalities. We can provide a full team assessment involving speech-language, occupational therapy, and psychology, separate or in combination. We carefully craft an evaluation team based on the referring questions. We will determine which methods are most appropriate to use in working with each child.  Our team approach is unique and critical for the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders and 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, which we value highly at DFX. 

  • 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)
  • 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.

    To inquire about beginning treatment at DFX, please call us at 303.333.8360
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