Many children who attend the Learning Center for occupational therapy have difficulty with; handwriting and hand muscle development, self care issues such as shoe tying, zipping and buttoning, gross motor skills such as jumping, skipping; and hopping, sensory integration including sensitivity to noises, bright lights, tight clothing, food textures or smells, and sensory seeking or avoiding behaviors. Children can receive individual and/or group occupational therapy services within their school or at the Learning Center. Children typically receive occupational therapy for 30, 45, or 60 minutes per week. Goals are individualized to help work on each child’s unique needs. Home programs are used to provide follow through with techniques learned at the Learning Center. Occupational therapy can be provided at the Learning Center, within a child’s home, or at school.
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The Learning Center’s speech and language therapy helps children learn to communicate. The Center specializes in helping children who have articulation and communication processing issues. These problems may be related to Apraxia, select mutism, expressive and/or receptive language disorders, and high functioning autism (formerly Asperger’s Syndrome and PDD NOS).
Children usually attend speech or language therapy once a week for 30, 45, or 60 minutes, and when appropriate, they are given home programs to continue progress throughout the remainder of the week. Services can also be provided in the child’s school, home, or at the Learning Center.
Physical Therapy is offered on a limited basis at the Learning Center’s partner schools. If private PT is needed, contact 314.961.1500 for a referral to community resources.
Music therapy is designed to help children with ADHD, Autism, speech or language delays work on individual therapeutic goals. Children can participate in individual or group music therapy sessions to reinforce speech/language goals, to support occupational therapy gross motor goals through dance and movement, to improve social and emotional skills through song writing, singing and instrument playing, and/or to strengthen basic academic skills such as learning the alphabet or math facts through sounds and movement. Music therapy is great for children of all ages.
Finding therapists who really understand ADHD, Autism, learning disabilities, and the co-morbid mental health issues that sometimes accompany these conditions can be difficult. The Center treats hundreds of children each year who have social, emotional, and behavioral issues that impact home, school, and community life. The Learning Center provides individual and family counseling during daytime and evening hours. Our cognitive-behavioral therapy is a research-based intervention that works well with many children.
The Learning Center’s Master’s level licensed professionals can help evaluate problematic behaviors that interfere with a child’s academics, social communication skills, and home life. When needed, Learning Center clinicians can observe a child in his or her school or within the home to get a better understanding of the presenting issues. Because the Learning Center has occupational and speech/language therapists on staff, social communication and sensory recommendations can also be incorporated into the behavior interventions. The Learning Center provides behavior therapy from a cognitive behavior model. We also offer Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). This service is provided with our Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
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Funded through the generosity of an Autism Speaks grant, children in the St. Louis area who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, may borrow occupational therapy sensory equipment to use at their school. It is returned at the end of each school year or during the year when the equipment is no longer needed.
- Hippity-Hops (S,M,L)
- Rebounder trampolines
- Scooters (S,M)
- Step and risers
- Bean bag chairs
- Wedge cushions
- Weighted blankets and weights
- Rotating discs
- Ball chairs (42,55,65 cm)
Equipment must be requested by a teacher, occupational therapist, or other professional involved with the child. Equipment signed out must be returned in similar condition with normal wear or should be replaced by the designated person who signed out the equipment. Call 314-961-1500 to inquire equipment availability and check out.