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COVID 19 Update

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.

 

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How Occupational Therapy Benefits Children With Cerebral Palsy

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.

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Speech Development Expectations: From Infancy to Preschool

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.

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How Can Physical Therapy Help Children With Down Syndrome?

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.

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Summer Activities For Children With Disabilities

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.

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Does My Child Need Physical Therapy?

“Does my child need physical therapy?” This is a question therapists hear quite often. Whether it is the result of an injury, some type of disease or disability, or whether it is for a short term situation or for a longer period, the answer is most likely yes if you’re having to ask.

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Does My Child Need Speech Therapy?

Proud parents may gush over their two year old’s baby talk, but if they are still using the same mispronunciations when they are four or five years old, something is probably off. It might be time to ask: does my child need speech therapy? The earlier your child is evaluated, the easier it will be to correct the speech-language problem.

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Does My Child Need Occupational Therapy?

Suggesting to a parent their child may need occupational therapy might confuse or anger them, but if parents take a step back and look at how their child responds to certain situations, they may notice some common behaviors. Do they easily become frustrated and irritated or do they just walk away from a task they deem too difficult? Do they refuse to engage with their peers? There are many telltale signs to answer the question: does my child need occupational therapy?

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Missed Developmental Milestones: When To Worry

All children are individuals who have their own personality, abilities, and strengths. With that understanding, there are some “normal” milestones parents and educators look for to see if a child is developing at a typical rate. Not all children will, and that is not cause for alarm, but with certain missed developmental milestones, here is when to worry.

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What To Do After Your Child Is Diagnosed With Autism

Over three million people in the US are diagnosed with Autism, and finding out your child is one of them can be life altering. What to do, who to speak to, and how to get help are usually the first questions you think about. Let’s discover what to do after your child is diagnosed with Autism.

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How Sensory Toys Help Children With Special Needs

Our five senses of touch, smell, taste, sight, and sound are important learning tools for everyone, and all children learn better by playing games using sensory toys. This is especially important for children with special needs like autism. The more they use their senses, the easier it becomes to develop them and learn by using them. Thus it becomes more apparent how sensory toys help children with special needs.

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