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Elementary Years

As children transition into the Elementary Years their ‘vocation’ takes on a more formal landscape as they become students. The early Elementary years (Kindergarten through 3rd grade) are particularly important years due to the rapid acquisition of knowledge expected during that time. Recent research points to reading scores as early predictors of a child’s later school performance. Current changes in our legislation are responding to this by requiring a student meets certain criteria by the end of 3rd grade.

There are many factors that a child may encounter that impacts their daily occupation of learning and specialized therapies can help.

School based versus Clinical Therapy - What’s the difference?

School based therapy services have the primary goal of providing a child access to the school-based curriculum with specific accommodations to help that child succeed in the classroom. Therapies can be very effective and provide that child with support, however do not always treat the underlying cause.

Clinic based therapy services are more general and have the primary goal of treating the underlying cause of the issue. More often than not, issues that are impacting a child at school also have an impact on a child’s daily life outside of school. Clinical intervention can work with the parent and the child to identify those areas and focus on the activities of daily life.

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How can we help?

Both therapy environments have their unique benefits as well as drawbacks. A collaborative effort between both will have the most powerful impact on a child’s progress.

Below are listed the common concerns at this age that are addressed by each discipline.

Speech and Language Therapy

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing Skills
  • Phonics - pre-reading skills and decoding
  • Articulation
  • Social Skills
  • Executive Functioning Skills (problem solving, time management, memory)
  • Learning Disabilities/Cognitive Communication Challenges

Occupational Therapy

  • Fine Motor skills, hand strength (handwriting)
  • Attention Deficit Disorders
  • Sensory Regulation
  • Motor Skills and coordination
  • Visual Perceptual Skills
  • Feeding Therapy for adequate nutritional intake
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Specialized equipment

Physical Therapy

  • Balance and coordination
  • Adaptive play/accommodations
  • Orthotics
  • Sports or orthopedic injuries
  • Developmental Delays
  • Strength and endurance
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophy

In addition to individual therapy sessions specialized Summer Programs are also developed by our therapists to address common issues among Elementary aged students.