KidVentures Therapy Services

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KidVentures
Therapy Services

5524 Bee Caves Road
Building L
Austin, Texas 78746
tel 512.327.4499
fax 512.327.4495

Specialty Training and Certifications

KidVentures is committed to the continued education of our therapists. Our therapists have a strong background base knowledge in the evaluation and treatment of pediatric clients. In addition, our therapists have received several higher-level specialty trainings and certifications, which are utilized to optimize intervention.

Advanced Intensive Mentorship in Diagnosis and Treatment of SPD, Level 1

This unique course, provided by the Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation, is a combination of lecture sessions by researchers at the Foundation and mentored clinical experience at the STAR Center, a state-of-the-art multidisciplinary clinic for the assessment and treatment of SPD. Mentorship is provided by renowned sensory pioneer Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR and Sarah A. Schoen, Ph.D., OTR. Participants in the Level 1 course “Clinical Reasoning in Intervention” utilize the latest research to gain proficiency in the newest assessment tools and intervention. Back to top

Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT certified)

The WPS/USC comprehensive course in Sensory Integration is the highest level of certification that can be achieved in sensory integration theory and practice. This 4 course series includes principles in sensory integration theory, the role sensory integration plays in development, use and administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT), interpretation of the SIPT, and clinical reasoning used for designing and implementing sensory integration intervention. Back to top

Therapeutic Listening

Therapeutic Listening is an auditory intervention that was developed by Sheila M. Frick, OTR. Sheila Frick incorporated ideas and technology created by Alfred Tomatis, Guy Berard, and Ingo Steinbach into a sensory integrative frame of reference to develop the Therapeutic Listening Program. Therapeutic Listening uses organized sound based technology to impact the nervous system. Auditory information from Therapeutic Listening CDs provides direct input to both the vestibular and the auditory systems. Therapeutic Listening utilizes specific CDs that vary in musical style, types of filtering, and level of complexity. The music on Therapeutic Listening CDs is electronically altered to elicit the orienting response, which sets up the body for sustained attention and active listening. Therapeutic Listening is used along with sensory integration treatment to address difficulties with attention, organization, self-regulation, postural control, communication, and praxis. For more information on Therapeutic Listening, please visit the Vital Links website. Back to top

Handwriting Without Tears

Handwriting Without Tears was developed by an occupational therapist, Jan Olson. Handwriting Without Tears is a multi-sensory curriculum for writing readiness, printing, and cursive. In addition, The Print Tool is a handwriting assessment that focuses on eight key components of handwriting for students age six and older. Results from The Print Tool are used to design an individualized remediation plan for each student. For more information, please visit the Handwriting Without Tears website. Back to top

First Strokes Multi-Sensory Handwriting Program

The First Strokes Multi-Sensory Handwriting Program was designed by an occupational therapist to teach print handwriting of lower and upper case letters on a multi-sensory basis. Children first learn how to write letters using large, gross-motor techniques, then practice writing letters using pencil and paper. This is a fun way to practice handwriting, and most of the time children are ready and willing to learn. Some writing activities include the use of shaving cream, window markers, flashlights, Gak, and many other fun ways to learn how to write letters. For older children, general writing topics with longer writing assignments are also used. The general writing assignments are fun and children enjoy participating in them. Some of the techniques used in The First Strokes Multi-Sensory Handwriting Program can be adapted to fit other print programs as well as cursive writing. Back to top

Vision Therapy

Visual processing problems and/or difficulties with visual skills can significantly impact a child’s ability to perform well in daily activities such as catching/throwing, reading, copying from the board, writing, balance, and playing on a playground. If we suspect that visual processing is impacting your child’s daily functioning, we will perform a vision screening and may refer your child for further evaluation by a developmental optometrist. The occupational therapists at KidVentures have attended vision therapy workshops. We work closely with the developmental optometrists in the area to assist in providing vision therapy to improve a client’s visual processing and build their visual skills. Back to top

Pet Assisted Therapy

Interaction with one of the dogs who regularly visits the clinic is both therapeutic and fun. Games and activities such as Red Rover, Bingo, Mother May I?, fetch, obstacle courses, brushing and feeding the dogs, and walking or playing tug with them are motivating ways to improve a variety of skills. Children are able to work on turn-taking, imitation and following directions, problem solving, handwriting, throwing and targeting, identification of body parts, and a variety of gross motor skills. Incorporation of the dogs into treatment is also very beneficial for children with arousal and modulation difficulties and tactile sensitivity. To learn more about the dogs we utilize at KidVentures, please refer to the Therapy Dogs page on our website. Back to top

PROMPT

The PROMPT system is a method of treatment for speech production disorders, including apraxia of speech, developed by Deborah Hayden, MS, CCC-SLP. PROMPT stands for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. It is designed to treat speech production disorders, such as developmental apraxia of speech, as movement disorders using neuromotor principles, auditory and visual information, and somatosensory (tactile and proprioceptive) input to provide feedback to the speech system. The clinician uses different tactile prompts for each English phoneme to assist with reshaping individual and connected sound movement sequences. The prompts are given externally using muscles under the chin, muscles of the face, and structures used for jaw opening, voicing and nasality. For more information, please visit The PROMPT Institute website. Back to top

Zoophonics

Zoo-phonics is a multi-sensory approach used to teach the alphabet using visual, auditory, and body movements that relate to the letter sound and corresponding animal character. Children learn when they are having fun, and the zoo-phonics methodology fully involves a child’s eyes, ears, mouth and body as they learn phonemic awareness, the alphabet, how to decode (read), and how to encode (spell and write). Back to top

Beckman Oral Motor Intervention and Assessment

Adequate oral motor skills are essential for normal feeding, swallowing and clear speech. Debra Beckman developed an assessment, the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, and interventions to provide assisted movement to activate contraction of oral musculature and to provide movement against resistance to build strength. The focus of intervention is to increase functional response to pressure and movement, range, strength, variety and control of movement for the lips, cheeks, jaw and tongue. The components of movement are functional, not age specific, and therefore the protocol is useful with a wide range of ages (birth to geriatric) and diagnostic categories. For more information, please visit the Beckman Oral Motor website. Back to top

SRJ Oral Motor Therapy (Talk Tools)

Oral motor techniques developed by Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson, MS, CCC-SLP utilize a tactile-sensory approach to oral-motor based speech and language disorders. These techniques are aimed at improving phonation, resonation, and speech clarity as well as addressing physiological and motor-based articulation disorders. Back to top