About Sensible Development

Sensible Development
Sensible Development is an innovative pediatric outpatient therapy clinic that provides individualized treatment for children with a wide variety of developmental and learning challenges. Our services are guided by principles in neurodevelopment, sensory integration, and learning theory. Sensible Development has a large therapy gym with specialized equipment and smaller treatment spaces that are used to create the optimal therapeutic environment for children. We believe that consistent therapeutic intervention developed in a clinical setting and then implemented in a child’s natural environments by the key players in his/her life is most effective in creating a lasting change and promoting greater success in everyday activities. Our goal is to support children and families where they live, learn, and play!

Occupational Therapy
“Your child’s life is made up of occupations, or everyday activities. These occupations include playing, learning, sleeping and resting, interacting with friends, getting dressed, and other daily activities. Many of us generally don’t think about a child’s daily occupations until he or she has challenges doing them.” American Occupational Therapy Association (2013), What is Occupational Therapy? [Children and Youth Brochure]

Occupational therapy is aimed at promoting a child’s participation in everyday activities and developing independence in the skills a child needs to be successful in their occupations. OT’s are trained to breakdown the components of an activity and determine factors that interfere with a child’s success. Using their knowledge of motor and sensory development, anatomy and physiology, and neurology, OT’s can tailor therapeutic interventions for success in everyday activities such as holding a pencil, sitting up to play with a toy, tolerating the feel of having their hair brushed, regulating their emotions, using mealtime utensils, writing legibly, playing a game with a peer, getting organized and attending to a task, putting on socks, tolerating the noise of a birthday party, playing at the playground and so much more!

Speech Therapy
Speech language pathologists work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, and feeding disorders in children and adults. Speech disorders occur when a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, or has problems with their voice or resonance. Language disorders occur when a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings (expressive language). (Adapted from ASHA.org)

Speech and Language services at Sensible Development focus on assessing and developing communication skills within a supportive, child friendly environment. Children have an opportunity to learn speech and communication skills such as articulation, language, pragmatics, literacy, and prelinguistic communication (joint attention, intentionality, communicative signaling) through traditional and innovative interventions within the context of play.

Physical Therapy
Physical therapy services are directed at maintaining, restoring, and improving a child’s ability to move, participate in activities, and function within their everyday routines. PT’s have an extensive background in anatomy and physiology, neurology, and motor development. They evaluate and address skills such as strength, balance, range of motion, postural control, motor coordination and movement patterns, muscle tone, and endurance. As part of the child’s team, they may also determine the need for specialized equipment necessary for positioning, support and/or mobility. Physical therapy services can help children develop skills such as head control, rolling, sitting, crawling, reaching, walking, running, skipping, hopping, climbing, and using playground equipment.

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