Does my child need therapy?
There is all too often a stigma attached to the word “therapy”. Unfortunate, to say the least. The misconception is not specific to the United States; in fact, the overall lack of awareness and education surrounding pediatric therapy world-wide is one of the biggest reasons we started Project Play.
In most facets of our lives’ today, Americans are quick to embrace any technology, service or research helping us lead happier or more productive lives. What if there were already services that helped children be happier and more productive, regardless if there were issues with handwriting or a recent diagnosis of Cerebral palsy? Many do not realize that there are.
So, back to the question… does your child need therapy? Truthfully, we don’t know. There is no test, list of conditions or traits we could communicate on this screen that would thoughtfully answer your question; however, we would love to have an open-minded, non-judgmental discussion with you if you even have sneaking suspicions.
At the very least, we encourage you to join us in being community advocates for pediatric therapy because even if they are not directly related to you, many children in need are still not receiving services that would likely directly benefit their quality of life. Hence, community advocacy will always be one of our core pillars to the Project Play Experience.
Let’s end the therapy stigma… we are far too advanced as a society to still have it!
If I suspect my child needs therapy, where do I start?
With a discussion! If you suspect that your child or family member may need therapy, you should contact a therapist to set up an evaluation. Once an evaluation has been completed decisions regarding therapy recommendations and a plan of treatment can be determined.
What is a consultation?
If you’re confused, feeling uneasy or simply are unsure of what to do, we understand!
For anyone who is uncertain of whether an evaluation is needed or just may want to learn more about what our practice offers, we encourage you to reach out for a consultation. This can be conducted via a phone conversation, meeting at one of our clinics or an onsite session at a school or day care if multiple children need to be discussed.
It’s a simple as a two-way conversation where we discuss what may be needed to help your child. When in doubt, feel free to contact a professional with questions!
After our consultation, what happens in my child's evaluation?
Our therapists utilize professional expertise to assess a combination of standardized assessment tools, stakeholder interviews and clinical observation to determine what therapy setting and treatment, if any at all, is best for your child.
The evaluation is often necessary to determine if a delay/disorder is present and to what degree. The type of evaluation given will be determined by the consultation and/or previous conversations with people in the child’s community. For example, an occupational evaluation will assess a child’s gross motor, fine motor, visual motor, visual perceptual, handwriting, daily living and sensory processing skills. The results obtained from testing facilitate the therapist determining appropriate goals for treatment, if warranted, and serve as a baseline of skills for setting goals and a way to measure the child’s progress.
Note that evaluations may not be required if one has been conducted in the past year depending on circumstances assessed our therapists.
What are treatment sessions and how long are they?
Let the play begin! We named our practice Project Play Therapy for a reason!
Think swings, balls, shaving cream and games – all geared towards achieving new levels of functional independence. Sessions will typically be a total of 30 or 60 minutes long, with the final few minutes of each session strategically reserved for parent or guardian discussion to ensure tips, tricks, goals and progress reports are consistently and timely communicated.
We feel so strongly about community interaction and teamwork that we are happy to schedule a skype session with parents and/or guardians who cannot make it to the clinic to discuss progress and home goals.
What if my child has already had an evaluation?
If your child has had an evaluation by a licensed therapist within the last year, there may not be a need for another evaluation. To find out which of our therapies will best help your child, contact Project Play Therapy.
What are your "Core Therapies"?
Speech-language pathologists are professionals that evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders. Such patients may experience a range of issues that impact speech production, language comprehension and expression, and feeding. Speech-Language Pathologists provide numerous essential services to clients of all ages, from infants to the elderly.
Occupational Therapists are professionals that focus on achieving independence in all areas of their patients’ lives. Their work focuses on the following areas: sensory integration, fine motor skills, self-help skills, handwriting, and feeding.
Physical Therapists rely on array of techniques to treat musculoskeletal problems and improve mobility of children facing a number of health conditions. A physical therapist uses physical examinations to diagnose the source of the patient’s movement difficulties. From there, the clinician will make a treatment plan to improve motor development, strength, coordination, gait difficulties, and more.
Speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists evaluate and treat patients with sensory, motor and behavioral feeding difficulties. These patients may experience difficulty with gaining weight, eating a variety of foods, progressing to table foods, hypersensitivity to textures, tastes and temperatures, chewing foods and safely swallowing food and liquids. If feeding therapy is recommended the focus of therapy may include the following; making the muscles of the mouth stronger, increasing tongue movement, increasing acceptance of different foods and liquids, improving sucking and/or drinking ability, and altering food textures and liquid thickness to ensure safe swallowing.
Will my child receive individual or group treatment?
We pride ourselves on customized care at Project Play. Depending on the child, our therapists may recommend a client receiving group therapy, in addition to individual treatment or by itself. As such, we often do offer group therapy and/or social groups, but they are formed on an as needed or seasonal basis. As always, contact us with questions.
Does my insurance cover Project Play services?
Project Play assists in all matters including scheduling, billing and insurance; however coverage is something that varies depending on diagnosis, treatment and your insurance plan.
Contact Project Play about private pay options and other in-network insurance options.
Links & Resources
The following links are product websites and area of interest activities for your child and family to explore in order to facilitate generalization of appropriate skills in your child’s home environment: