Additional Therapies for Children on Boston’s South Shore
Therapeutic Music Programs
Therapeutic use of specially designed music can help individuals to understand their sound environment. Through this understanding, sound sensitivities can be decreased and skills that are dependent on effective processing of auditory information can be improved. Research has linked the positive use of music to relaxation and self regulation, pain relief, lowering blood pressure and heart rate, focusing skills, listening and communication, as well as enhancing cognitive, reasoning and academic abilities. In addition, specialized music can enhance postural control, respiration, and the timing and sequencing of motor skills like dancing and hopscotch.
At South Shore Therapies we offer these Therapeutic Listening Techniques:
- Therapeutic Listening/Quickshifts
- The Listening Program
- Integrated Listening System (iLS)
- Integrated Listening System Sleep Pillow
Listening programs are individually designed based on the areas of difficulty and functional changes that are desired.
Brain Gym ®
Brain Gym activities are quick, easy to do, developmental movements that wake up the brain without stress. Children naturally explore these movements as they grow and mature. These simple movement activities can enhance self-regulation, physical coordination, and academic learning.
Handwriting Without Tears®
Developed by a registered occupational therapist, Handwriting Without Tears® is a developmentally-based handwriting program. The program teaches letters in logical groups with supportive verbal and visual cues. Specific workbooks are designed for the developmental age of the client learning to write.
This program includes a series of approximately 300 exercises typically done with bean bags and/or racquetballs and often completed while standing on a balance board. The program progresses from easier to more complex sequences that involve the coordination of your balance system with your eyes and ears. It is deeply rooted in rhythm and can positively impact eye-hand coordination, motor coordination, and timing.
From infancy, the reflexes are vitally important for proper development of the brain, nervous system, body and sensory systems. By using neurodevelopmental movement patterns and other playful resistive activities the therapist can help to develop and mature the body's reflexes for optimal functioning.
PROMPT© stands for ‘Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets’. It is a tactile-kinesthetic approach to speech therapy, where the speech-language pathologist uses touch cues on the client's face (jaw, lips, tongue), to support and shape correct movement for accurate sound production.
Lidcombe fluency treatment ®
The Lidcombe ® Program is a treatment developed specifically to reduce stuttering in children younger than six. However, it is known to be effective also with school-age children. The program works to decrease incidences of stuttered speech with more fluent speech through supportive and encouraging corrections during dysfluent moments.