Specialty Areas

Peer-Interactive Experiences

Rehabilitation Associates offers therapy through our Peer-Interactive Experiences Program (PIE Program). The PIE program offers therapeutic experiences that provide opportunities for children to participate in peer-settings and activities that address their individual needs.

Our current program consists of our social-emotional PIEs. Our Social Emotional Peer Interactive Experiences (PIEs) are a therapeutic setting where:

  • children will have the opportunity to engage with same-age peers
  • individual social goals and needs of each child will be addressed
  • the child can work on individualized social goals within a more realistic “everyday” setting
  • monthly themes are created to address social skills identified as problem areas
  • a collaborative environment is used to generalize everyday social skills

Therapeutic Listening/Listening Program

Rehabilitation Associates offers children access to both Therapeutic Listening developed by Vital Links and The Listening Program (TLP) developed by Advanced Brain Technologies. Both programs utilize music that has been specially recorded and enhanced to improve the brain’s ability to process and interpret sound. Children who benefit from this modality may see changes in attention, sound sensitivity, motor control, and organized behavior. Both programs are individually recommended by an occupational therapist to meet the specific needs of the child. Programs are to be utilized at home for maximum benefit and may also be used to supplement therapy sessions. If you are interested in these programs speak with your clinician as to their appropriateness to meet your goals.

Feeding Therapy

Being able to eat, drink, and enjoy the social aspects of mealtime is an important part of family life. There are many reasons why children have difficulty achieving this fundamental skill. There may be medical conditions, sensory aversions, and/or poor development of oral motor skills, all of which can cause a child to have a negative experience with eating. For these children, we have to gain their trust. We rely heavily on Ellyn Satter’s (hyperlink to her website) division of responsibility when it comes to feeding therapy. The adults are for the choices of food offered but the child is the decision maker in regards to what and how much to eat of those choices. At Rehabilitation Associates, we do not force your child to eat. We strive to develop a relationship with your child where he can explore foods in fun ways and provide an environment where the child feels comfortable to try new tastes and textures. At Rehabilitation Associates, we use a variety of strategies to approach feeding therapy. One such strategy is the SOS (hyperlink)(sequential, oral, sensory) program developed by Kay Toomey, Ph.D who is a pediatric psychologist. This program is a developmental approach to feeding that builds on the skills the child currently has. Feeding therapy can occur individually as well as in one of our PIE (Peer Interaction Experience) groups. Our approach is multi-disciplinary and may involve speech language pathologists or occupational therapists.

Children with feeding difficulties have a negative connection with food that needs to change before they can be expected to eat. While the reasons vary, the need to change that connection is the same.

Children with feeding difficulties have a negative connection with food that needs to change before they can be expected to eat. While the reasons vary, the need to change that connection is the same.

When working with children in feeding therapy, one basic need is to be able to trust their surroundings and the people in it. Children need to know that they will not be forced to eat and that their feelings will be heard and accepted.

Every step that is taken is at the child’s level of tolerance and ability. Parents are given the tools to learn how to help their child explore new foods and enjoy mealtime experiences.





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