Occupational Therapy Services
• Therapeutic Listening • Interactive Metronomes • Handwriting Without Tears
Call EPD Occupational Therapy, Inc. @ (954) 281-5606
We Provide Comprehensive Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech and language services to children and Adolescents. Are you concerned with your child’s development, not sure if your child needs therapy or have you been referred to obtain an occupational therapy evaluation?
We offer consultation by phone and basic screening at our Fort Lauderdale office free of charge with no obligation to obtain or maintain services with us. The purpose of this is to educate parents or caregivers regarding services we provide and determine if our services are appropriate to satisfy their child’s needs. For free basic screening, we will require you make an appointment, and complete our basic intake form. Please state the main reason you seek services for your child and what you expect from treatment. With your permission, your child will be observed and asked to follow simple verbal commands, perform simple movement actions, and or tasks you may have reported to be difficult to him or her, such as handwriting, copying shapes, identifying pictures, dexterity tasks, tying shoes, catching a ball, balancing on one leg, performing a jumping jacks and more.
Eva is recognized for her dedication regarding teaching and training to future clinicians. She has provided years of occupational therapy student field work supervision as a certified field work educator and teaches pediatric occupational therapy skills and lab as an adjunct professor at a local Florida university.
Eva currently shares her advanced diagnostic abilities and treatment methods with developing therapists on a consultation basis at reasonable rates. Training may be provided 1:1, or within a group to conserve costs.
Evaluations are completed upon your approval and may involve you filling out additional paperwork or answering more in depth questions regarding your child’s background and difficulties. Your child will be further observed and asked to complete standardized testing items related to areas of concern indicated. You are able to observe the entire evaluation process from beginning to end, if so desired. Following, you will be provided with a detailed, written report clearly illustrating evaluation findings. Reports will include performance observations and all standardized testing scores indicating how your child is functioning in sensory motor areas tested, and how this level of function may be impacting his/her occupational performance at home, school, or within the community. All evaluations will indicate if our services are indicated and or refer other service providers that may be better able to assist you in helping your child.
Plan of Care
Following complete evaluation, tailored treatment plans are formulated specifically to target your child’s individual needs. These plans include identified areas of concern, treatments prescribed, and long and short term goals with targeted progress dates.
Therapeutic exercises and activities are formulated, prescribed, and taught to child requiring parent assistance and supervision in effort to facilitate accelerated progress towards goals.
Specifically prescribed modulation activities that will help your child maintain adequate level of arousal to function optimally throughout his/her day.
Parents are provided education and training in home programs, management of behaviors resulting from poor sensory processing in effort to enhance cost effectiveness and benefits of treatments.
Social Skill & Pragmatic Partner Groups
These groups serve as the bridge between parallel play and interactive socialization, enhancing communication, and ability to form positive peer relationships. With your approval, your child will be offered the opportunity to participate in group treatment sessions. The occupational therapist will partner children according to compatibility and treatment goals. Each child will have a 1:1 treating therapist helping him/her perform instructed movement or performance activities, in addition to facilitating positive peer interactions. Each child’s specific goals will continue to be addressed within treatment.
Children apply improved effort during therapeutic activities and exercises when performing with each other. Within these groups, therapists orchestrate purposeful play that includes music, singing, imaginative play, arts and crafts, muscle strengthening exercises, and fine and gross motor coordination building activities. Children are encourage to interact and share play equipment, turn take, give eye contact, and communicate effectively. Groups have proven to enhance motivation and treatment outcomes.
More about Specialty Treatments
Specialty treatments are evidence based practice [EBP] methods prescribed and utilized to enhance your child’s therapy and accelerate his/her progression.
More about Therapeutic Listening
Developed by Vital Links, therapeutic listening is research based tool, that utilizes both developmental and sensory integrative frameworks, for treating people of all ages who have difficulty processing sensory information related to listening, attention, and communication.
Therapeutic listening involves your child listening to modulated music while engaged in specifically guided sensory motor activities that enhance integration among all sensory systems required for your child to function optimally in life.
Evidence Brief on the Effectiveness of Therapeutic Listening
The existing body of research on therapeutic listening presents positive findings regarding the use of therapeutic listening as a treatment tool embedded in a sensory integrative treatment approach. The studies identify multiple positive gains including improved attention, handwriting, ability to perceive and move through space, enhanced interaction with peers, greater ability to attend to and follow directions, improved sleep and wake cycles, and enhanced communication. The current research on therapeutic listening does support continued clinical use. Future well-controlled studies would expand and enhance the existing research.
More about Astronaut Training
Astronaut training is a sound activated vestibular-visual protocol for moving, looking and listening. This protocol, also developed by Vital Links, is a valuable resource to therapist and an essential component to treating sensory processing and movement disorders.
Astronaut training involves a variety of therapist guided activities that involve moving, looking, and listening in parallel. The program helps balance, regulate, and integrate your child’s systems in effort to improve overall processing and motor performance. The activities performed facilitate integration among the vestibular system, responsible for head position, and balance, the auditory system, responsible for listening, and visual system, responsible for seeing, and strengthens each system and helps them communicate. A healthy vestibular system is important to all of us, not only astronauts. As a bridge between sensory processing and movement control, the vestibular system plays a major role in everything we do including looking and listening. This protocol improves function in the vestibular-auditory triad. Because movement is a part of everything we do in life, it could be said that the vestibular system supports all behavior and all acquisition of skills, as well as helping to balance the stream of sensory information that constantly bombards the system. Successful integration among all parts of this governs all aspects of behavior from planning, directing, and controlling our actions to achieving high academic performance.
More about Writing Without Tears
This protocol utilizes a structured, multi-sensory approach to developing and improving handwriting. The Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum developed by Jan Olsen, draws from years of research to provide developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory tools and strategies for children to master handwriting.
More about Interactive Metronomes
IM is an assessment and treatment tool used by therapists and other professionals who work with pediatric and adult patients with neurological conditions that affect cognitive and motor functioning. IM provides an objective method for measuring deficits and for tracking improvement.
IM is an evidence-based, engaging therapeutic modality that improves cognitive and motor skills. The design of the program ensures that patients recognize progress as it is occurring, increasing their motivation toward therapy and their ultimate recovery. IM is used to improve, attention, coordination, language processing, reading and math fluency, and even control of impulsivity and aggression. This protocol involves syncing the auditory, visual, and motor systems by having your child listen to prompting sounds, watch a screen, and follow and perform hand and foot coordination activities as instructed.