Additional Alternative Therapies
Clinical canine-integrated therapy utilizes a curriculum that employs the use of assistance dog training as a means of facilitating goal-based treatment interventions for individuals experiencing physical, social, emotional, cognitive and communicative functioning and development challenges.
Therapy sessions are facilitated by a Canine-Integrated Therapy Provider and a Licensed Clinician or Therapist who work collaboratively to measure a participant’s progression of skills in areas of: non-verbal communication; verbal communication; interpersonal interactions; problem-solving and planning. Together, they ensure that each participant receives the maximum therapeutic benefit from every session.
Participants are grouped based upon their established therapy goals, physical ability and emotional age. Pre-school, Kindergarten, Elementary, Teenage/Adolescent, Senior, Veteran and other select populations will benefit from participation. To determine needs and abilities, an initial assessment and evaluation is conducted prior to program enrollment.
CLINICAL CANINE GROUP THERAPY PROGRAMS
Are you looking for a program to help your teen or young adult develop independence, leadership and relationship skills?
Clinical Canine Integrated Group Therapy Session flyer (pdf) »
Speech and language therapist Laura R. Bacon, M.S., CCC-SLP, provides a full range of evaluations and ongoing therapy services for children and adults with speech, language and feeding/swallowing disorders. These services can include initial screenings, parent consultations, comprehensive evaluations, scheduled individual and group therapy sessions, and collaboration with schools, physicians and other paraprofessionals.
Speech, language, and feeding disorders can occur across the lifespan. We’re here to help! Contact us today to schedule an evaluation or treatment session.
Social Skills Groups focus on teaching children a variety of social skills to help the children/teens improve in their ability to make friends, develop an increase of self-confidence, and behave appropriately in social situations.
During the Social Skills Groups the children/teens will learn to take turns, work together, maintain eye contact, communicate effectively, problem solve, cooperate, maintain personal space, and establish friendships. The children/teens will learn and practice this through group interaction and activities. The specific goal of each Social Skills Group will help to address active listening skills, conversational skills, responding appropriately to social cues, identifying personal feelings and understanding the emotions of others, problem solving for conflict situations, compromising, sharing, being a good sport, negative thoughts and the management of feelings, anger and frustration management, teasing and bullying.
Social Skills Groups take place once a week over the course of several weeks. Groups run throughout the year, based on need (at least 3 children are needed, with no more than 8 children in a group).
Prior to the groups, ALL children/teens receive a comprehensive evaluation and follow up parent meeting to assess goodness of fit for a specific group and to determine goals.
SOCIAL SKILL PROCESSING GROUP THERAPY PROGRAMS
Are you looking for a program to help your teen or young adult develop more relationship and social skills?
Social Skill Processing Group Therapy Session flyer (pdf) »
Parent support groups are designed for moms, dads, grandparents or caregivers of children and/or teenagers with learning, attention and/or emotional issues. We will discuss a wide variety of parenting concerns, including sibling rivalry, philosophical differences in parenting styles social stigmas and issues associated with special needs children and teens.
Parent Support Group - Understanding just what your child is really trying to communicate by their behavior and learn how to respond to it in a way that will help you to find less stress and more calm in your everyday life. The environment is accepting, supportive and informative.
Canine-Integrated Therapeutic Activity & Support Group - A parent support group that incorporates the interaction, socialization and training of Assistance Dogs in a therapeutic and supportive group environment. This group offers participants an opportunity to actively engage in an enjoyable, purposeful and rewarding canine-integrated activity while simultaneously addressing and processing challenges associated with special needs children and teens.
Monthly Information Sessions - Once a month Sensory Stepping Stones hosts a FREE evening information session on a topic for parents, professionals and others to come and learn about. The topics are randomly chosen and can be presented by the Sensory Stepping Stones staff, or other professionals. Please contact the clinic for the topic and dates that will be coming up.
Timocco is a cutting-edge virtual motion gaming system that accelerates the development of motor and cognitive skills including bi-lateral coordination, crossing the midline, hand-eye coordination, attention, posture, visual discrimination, early learning, communication, short-term memory and team work skills.
The Listening Program ® (TLP) is a home-based sound stimulation auditory training method influenced by the sound theories of Dr. Alfred Tomatis and three decades of clinical experience. Combining beautiful classical music, nature sounds, and innovative sound processing techniques, TLP promotes active listening and improves auditory perception. This program may be of benefit to children and adults with sound sensitivities, hearing loss, learning and attention deficits, receptive and expressive language problems, perceptual difficulties, developmental delays, and other auditory processing problems.
As many of us have seen, difficulties with basic reading skills at the Kindergarten level don’t usually disappear on their own. And, if a child processes information slowly, or can’t pay attention or remember, academic instruction will not help them learn to differentiate letter sounds or understand the meaning of what they are reading. If they are still struggling by the third grade, social studies and science will be closed books. Therefore, we believe that early intervention is critical if they are not to remain at a severe disadvantage throughout their academic and adult life.
Our reading program helps to train the important elements used in learning to read efficiently and effectively. It can be used to help children, teens and adults learn to read or to help improve their reading skills, both with phonics and reading comprehension. Our program was designed in a structured hierarchy that trains different areas of reading as the individual progresses, allowing the person to achieve mastery.
What people are saying…
“After the programs, she seems more aware of her surroundings. She is participating and engaging more socially. She has really started to talk more, and feeling more confident and comfortable stating her opinions and ideas. Her processing has improved and she is able to communicate her ideas more fluently and clearly. Her reading has improved and she is willing to try books that may be a little harder.”