The health of your child and family is our first priority. We want to assure you that we will be doing our part in complying with the CDC recommendations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to provide therapy services.
These include :
- hand washing/using hand sanitizer before and after each session
- providers and staff checking their temperature daily and monitoring for symptoms
- staff avoiding unnecessary travel and large crowds
- properly disinfecting and minimizing the amount of toys/equipment brought into the session.
We also request that your child wash their hands before and after their session and that only essential family members be present during the session.
We recommend that you cancel your child’s appointment immediately if your child, or anyone they are in contact, with are showing symptoms of the virus including dry cough, fever of 100.4 or higher, respiratory distress.
Telehealth as an Option
We understand the COVID-19 pandemic has brought on a level of uncertainty and confusion that is unsettling. If you do not feel comfortable with continuing services as usual, there is an option of Telehealth.
Telehealth will allow us to conduct a physical therapy session over a video conference where we can demonstrate and explain while your child completes the exercise. This option may provide a temporary solution to prevent your child from missing out on physical therapy and potentially regressing in the skills that they’ve been working so hard on. It is our understanding that Medicaid (Florida Medicaid Plans and Title 21) is allowing Telehealth at this time. In addition, many other types of plans are looking to expand their coverage for Telehealth, so we will continue to update this as we know more. Private pay is also an option.
As the situation evolves, we will continue to monitor the information and react accordingly in order to provide your child with the best possible care.
Please let us know if you have any questions and or concerns, you can reach our office by calling (407) 905-9300.
A child who has difficulty with the coordination of their oral muscles like the tongue, lips, and jaw will have trouble producing speech and even the ability to eat and drink. There are lots of specialized exercises to help with these problems, but exercising doesn’t sound like fun, especially for a child. So let’s call them activities, make them fun, and choose some to do at home. Here are some suggestions on how to make at-home oral motor activities fun.
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Have you ever noticed a child at a birthday party who is overwhelmed by the candles on the cake, the noise of everyone singing, and the general mayhem of a party? It’s not normal behavior for a child. It may be that he or she has sensory integration issues. If this sounds like your child, let’s find out how occupational therapy helps sensory integration issues.
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According to the CDC, the abnormal development of the brain or the damage that causes cerebral palsy can occur before birth, during birth, or within a month after birth. It can also happen in the first years of life while the brain is still developing. It affects the child’s ability to control his or her muscles. Let’s learn how occupational therapy benefits children with cerebral palsy.
Although every child learns to speak at his or her own pace, parents want to know if their child’s speech and language development is on the right track. There are general milestones which are helpful in understanding age-appropriate speech development expectations from infancy to preschool. These guidelines can help parents and other caregivers to know if extra help might be needed.
Children with Down Syndrome often experience mild to serious physical and intellectual disabilities. Fortunately, with the right assistance, these individuals can live a productive and happy life — doing things like attending school, participating in activities with peers and family, and having a career.
Lockdowns have been hard on all children, but especially those with disabilities. With the sun out and the weather warm, it is the perfect time for these summer activities.