Home programs to help your child
• Research-based therapeutic techniques • Accessible & easy-to-use
• Developed over 23+ years
• Research-based therapeutic techniques
• Accessible & easy-to-use
• Developed over 23+ years
Our home-based programs, developed over 23+ years in clinic, home and school settings, are simple to use and achieve life-changing results.
These home-based programs are for parents and caregivers of children who:
- Have a specific diagnosis such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADD/ADHD or learning disabilities, or
- Are struggling with problems like anxiety, poor self-regulation and/or deficits in self-care, fine motor skills and complex tasks like handwriting.
Included in your home program you will find:
An introduction to the program – audio and text
- Gives you an overview of the program with tips on how to help you and your child feel comfortable and at ease
- Tips developed by therapists over years of practice
- Step by step implementation guide
Short, simple video clips, 2 to 3 minutes long, showing you exactly how to do each exercise
Charts to help track your child’s progress with a space for your child to record his/her achievement
- Schedules to help you stay on track
Pictures – to help engage your child and give him/her a sense of control
- Fun characters that represent each exercise
Goal setting chart if you would like to track progress
- Change happens over time we can sometimes forget how far we have come
Levels of support information
- Information about levels of support so you can select what fits your needs
*Some of the programs contain specific bonus materials
We assess and treat the whole child, from underlying causes to specific skill gaps. We always see the child first and connect with each child through love, acceptance and our belief that change is possible.
These programs take children on a journey, starting from where they are, then moving to greater independence and achieving life-changing goals. The programs can be used individually or as a developmentally-organized series.
Our home programs are child centered and we focus on solutions!
We provide proven, simple training programs that create the foundation for coordinated movement, emotional regulation and cognitive development. Using these programs creates a stable platform for your child to increase academic and social skills, build independence in target areas such as self-care, while developing confidence and self-esteem.
Our programs are designed to fit your family’s lifestyle and help your child achieve his or her full potential in a timely manner.
Therapies rooted in over 23 years’ experience and the latest research
Our occupational therapy practice has developed over 23+ years and is rooted in traditional, tried and true principles and cutting-edge research in the area of occupational therapy, child development, neuroscience, positive psychology and the wisdom of every child, family and clinician we have worked with.
Boosting skills using the whole-child approach
The brain’s ability and readiness to learn, remember and adapt has a direct impact on how well we develop new skills. Using what’s known as the brain’s neuroplasticity — its ability to change — our training programs help your child build skills, experience freedom of movement and utilize flexible cognition. The programs maximize brain development in three stages:
- Integrating primitive reflexes, shifting the brain into ‘readiness’ mode.
- Improving sensory processing and building motor skills to provide tools for learning.
- Practicing target skills, creating competence and confidence.
We select the right challenge at the right time! Your child will feel comfortable and safe. He’ll be able to cope in and navigate through familiar and unfamiliar situations, while he:
- Remains relaxed and calm
- Controls his impulses
- Makes good decisions
- Completes skilled actions with confidence and ease
Are home programs right for my child?
There are several types of occupational therapy all of which can be used in clinic, school and home settings.
Targeted therapy works on a specific skill such as handwriting. This is a good strategy for a child with one specific problem.
Some therapists teach compensatory strategies. These are used when a skill gap is considered to be too big to be bridged.
Whole-child intervention uses the proven principal that brains can change; this is called ‘neuroplasticity.’ Whole-child strategies are effective for most children but particularly for those with complex needs such as sensory processing disorder (SPD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD), specific learning disabilities (SLDs), cerebral palsy (CP), and developmental disorders.
Are home programs easy to follow?
All our programs follow a method that has been developed over many years. Our proven five-step method increases your child’s ability to learn beyond what you expected or may have been told is possible. You will be guided and supported through each step.
We start with a whole-child assessment (in person, via Skype or through questionnaires and checklists). We evaluate:
- Foundational processes and skill gaps
- Your child’s ability to engage with his/her environment
- Your child’s capacity to manage his emotions (self-regulation) and develop relationships (social engagement).
We create a unique plan to meet your child’s goals and your family’s priorities.
Using our creative and innovative tools, your child will:
- Feel safe and comfortable
- Move out of old patterns that hold her back
- Develop multi-sensory motor coordination
- Build target skills, such as attention and focus, managing emotions (self-regulation), handwriting, self-care and social engagement.
We support and encourage you as you continue working with your child. You can choose from our range of support services including email, our private Facebook page, small group coaching and individual coaching/strategy sessions.
When your child has reached his optimal skill level, our brain and body fitness programs provide easy ways to maintain his lifelong skills.
How long does a home program take?
The simple answer is ‘it depends!’ Skill development takes consistent practice over time. Once you have the technique right, the amount of time you spend practicing will have the biggest impact on the time it takes for your child to develop the skills he needs.
The beauty of using a supported home program is that you have the resources you need and can adapt what you do to fit your family’s needs. You may be able to practice 2-3 times a week most of the time and once or twice when a family event comes up or during the holidays.
It’s easy to assume that difficulty in developing or maintaining skills depends on the teacher/therapist, the materials, environment, etc. While all of these factors are important, research indicates that long breaks without practice have the most impact on progress — a negative impact. Access to your home program tools at all times will allow you to help your child continue to work on skill development and maintain skills over time.
Discover the programs
Optimal sensory processing
The whole child solution for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Our whole child optimal sensory processing program improves the child’s ability to process sensory information to building connections, relationships, and skills.
The basics! Quality of life solutions that improve sleep, eating habits and breathing patterns
Many children with challenges especially those with sensory processing problems experience disruption or deficits in basic functions like sleeping, eating, and even breathing!
The whole child solution for anxiety
Building a stable, resilient nervous system, while teaching your child to use coping strategies like breathing exercises, meditation and mindfulness — tools that calm kids & parents too!
Motor coordination – whole child solutions
Coordinating body and both hands to develop effective motor, cognitive and emotional skills.
For success in life, a child needs to develop fine motor control of the eyes and the mouth as well as the hands!
Whole child solutions to improve handwriting
Writing is an important way to express our ideas. For a child to be able to focus attention on the content of his/her written work these skills must become automatic. “You can not perform two thinking skills at the same time” (Rowe)
Whole child strategies for specific learning disabilities – including Dyslexia and dysgraphia
Although dyslexia is categorized as a communication disorder some children with dyslexia have problems with the integration of information from several sensory systems, as well motor coordination and visual processing, visual perception, and visual motor integration difficulties.
Dysgraphia is a complex condition involving problems with writing, spelling, and typing. Children with dysgraphia typically have untidy/illegible handwriting, with poor letter formation, sizing and spacing. The child may also have difficulty with typing and/or spelling.