Occupational therapists provide evaluations and ongoing therapy to assist in the improvement of fine motor, self-help, sensory processing, visual-motor, coordination, motor planning, play and independent living skills. OT’s may also provide hand splinting and/or casting to assist children with functional hand use.
Physical therapists provide evaluations and ongoing therapy to enhance and restore function and mobility to individuals with neurological, developmental or orthopedic disabilities, and encourage independence at home, school, work, and in the community. They also assist children in learning to use braces, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs and artificial limbs. Therapy focuses on improving strength, range of motion, balance, coordination and mobility.
Speech and Feeding Therapy
Speech therapists provide evaluations and ongoing therapy to enhance receptive and expressive communication, oral-motor, and feeding abilities. Therapy stimulates oral-motor development, strengthens receptive and expressive language development, enhances auditory processing, and/or improves phonological difficulties. Some children with speech or language difficulties rely on Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional. Speech-language pathologists also help children by evaluating and helping them to use AAC.
Developmental therapy consists of global evaluations and therapy for children from birth to age three who are referred by the Early Intervention System. Evaluations focus on five areas of development: cognitive, motor, communication, self-help and personal-social skills. Therapy services are provided in individual and group settings.
Behavioral and Counseling Services
Caring for children of all ages is a tough job, however many children, youth, and adults with disabilities face special challenges. Counselors can help individuals focus on their abilities, learn positive coping methods, improve challenging parenting tasks, and enhance social and behavioral skills in a comfortable and fun environment.
Aquatic Therapy provides an effective way to build functional strength, range of motion, balance and coordination using a warm water environment.
Bracing, Splinting and Serial Casting
Orthotics are a type of bracing that provide stability, support and proper positioning of the feet and ankles during standing and walking. They are prescribed and custom fitted to each person based on their individual needs. Serial Casting is a noninvasive procedure that helps children improve their range of motion so they can perform daily activities with less difficulty. The process involves weekly cast application and removal, whereby the affected body part (e.g. elbow, ankle) are gradually and repeatedly set in more normal alignment. The process continues until the desired range of motion is achieved. A splint is used to support, immobilize, or protect the arm or hand. Splinting can also be used to encourage function and assist children in better use of their arms/hands during daily activities . Occupational therapists can make custom splints for the specific needs of each child or may use pre-fabricated splints.
The Assistive Technology Clinic supports function and mobility for individuals with disabilities. Evaluation for equipment such as bath chairs, customized wheel chairs and seating systems, strollers, feeder seats, standers, walkers and augmentative communication devices are provided by the team.
Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy
Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is a therapeutic approach for the treatment of children with hemiplegia that typically results in significant improvement in use of the impaired arm.
Animal Assisted Therapy
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a goal-directed intervention where a facility-based therapy dog is used as strategy to help children reach their goals. AAT is provided by a skilled professional and has been shown to improve quality of life through improvements in physical function, social connections, enhanced motor skills, and more.
Therapeutic Fitness Center
The Fitness Center’s purpose is to maintain or increase fitness, strength and endurance in school age and older persons with disabilities, while helping appropriate users transition to community health clubs. Prior to beginning use of the fitness center, participants are evaluated using formal and informal measures designed to assess strength, endurance, flexibility, motor skills, and functional levels.
GAITRite 2-Dimentional Gait Analysis
2-Dimentional Gait Analysis using Gait Rite system and video taping. Analysis also incorporates range of motion components of the lower extremities and child’s current functional mobility in developing appropriate treatment plan and recommendations.
Respite Services gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to enjoy an evening out while their children with disabilities and other special needs and their siblings are cared for in a nurturing environment.
Outdoor Recreational Programming
Timber Pointe Outdoor Center is the premier resource in the state of Illinois for providing specialized outdoor recreational, experiential and family programs for individuals with disabilities and illnesses in a fun, safe and accessible environment.