We help children of all ages with a variety of special needs.
Through our interdisciplinary team and unique facilities, we offer quality:
Our team takes the time to learn about each family and their unique challenges in order to provide hope and support.
During this time, we want to support you in any way we can.
In-person services are reserved for specific situations and determination of qualifying for these services must be agreed upon in collaboration with Growing Healthy Children Therapy Services and the client/client family. Situations that would support in-person services include (but may not be limited to) medical necessity, overall health and well-being of the family unit (including emotional well-being and occupational well-being), and/or disruption of the intensive and potent sensory/sensory-motor modalities used during in-person sessions is deemed to significantly undermine the client’s overall health and well-being causing undue distress, behaviors, or dysfunction.
To help you be informed about all your options, here are our frequently asked questions about telehealth:
Your child will log into the telehealth therapy room at their scheduled time. Our provider will be ready in front of his/her computer remotely. This provider will be perfectly matched to support your child’s specific areas of need, and trained to engage him or her in meaningful instructional activities, which will also be fun and enjoyable.
In one word, yes! Online services are extremely effective. In fact, research studies show that therapy services help children make progress on their goals at the same rate as services delivered onsite. Our team is trained and will provide the recipe for a child’s success by combining compassion with out-of-the-box thinking. Their extensive experience combined with our training program and resource library of evidenced-based activities combine to make therapy fun, functional, and effective.
Our on-going documentation and data analysis allow us to consistently measure our child’s progress. We believe that collaboration with parents and caregivers is key to your child’s progress. There are ongoing discussions about your child's progress. We also follow up with additional suggestions for activities throughout the week. From the moment your child logs on, we are continuously addressing goals and monitoring progress.
There are many benefits to online therapy, which include:
While we can’t say this never happens, it is a rare occurrence. Our children are growing up in a digital environment which is second nature for them. We promote participation by making sure activities provide “just the right challenge” and are interesting. We also can weave in positive reinforcement through behavioral supports. Furthermore, we can control the online environment to promote each child’s success.
Our primary goal is to set our clients up for success, which means empowering them to grow and learn, both in session and on their own. We take each individual’s abilities and needs into account when determining if online therapy is appropriate. We encourage and expect active participation from the caregiver to help your child pay attention and engage. This also helps us to collaborate with you to generalize skills in the home in a meaningful way. We can also help our clients by consulting and training families on how to help their child. We will support every child and their family in any way we can! We look forward to learning about your preferences and goals in these sessions.
There are over 100 research studies to date on the use of telepractice to deliver therapy and educational support services, with that number growing. This innovative field has gotten a lot of attention from the research community because the potential to help more families is so great. On-line therapy services started over 15 years ago. Since then, research studies have shown progress on speech goals that are at least equal to in-person therapy, for example progress on speech goals as indicated here: (Theodoros, D., Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology: The Evidence, the Challenges, and the Future, 2011).
It is our combination of passion, compassion and experience that has always sets us apart from our competitors. Our team embraces a passion to always do what is right for each client, while recognizing their competence and supporting their challenges. Combine this with our well-established experience in the “science” of therapy and online instruction and we believe you will find us uniquely qualified to handle your needs.
Growing Healthy Children Therapy Services offers comprehensive, multi-disciplinary services in order to support continuity of care. This continues whether sessions are in person or online. We also work hard to support our team with ongoing continuing education in order to make sure that we are at the forefront of this exciting path of hope and progress.
Growing Healthy Children Therapy Services is not about trying to replace in-person services, but to make quality support available to more children. We will always do what’s best for your child, helping you to choose the appropriate option for your family.
An external webcam and headphones with a microphone are recommended to support quality interaction with your providers. You will need a high-speed internet connection. We can help you identify whether your Internet connection is fast enough to enable smooth graphic, 3DS models, animation, and video encoders/streaming videos without delays and choppiness. Our system will prompt you to download Zoom and software upgrades as needed.
While our team already has many of the visuals and therapy activities, it will be helpful to have a pencil and paper in close proximity. On occasion a parent or caregiver will be asked to print a document ahead of time. We also use items that are commonly found around the classroom or house. Our team will work closely with you to gather the appropriate supplies prior to or during a teletherapy session.
The best assessment addresses your family’s concerns and identifies your child’s needs. Our aim is to learn more about your child in order to facilitate progress. We do complete formal, standardized assessments online for speech therapy, as these tests have been normed for on-line administration. There are many direct assessment activities we can do on-line to determine your child’s progress across all therapy services. For our other disciplines, we can perform dynamic assessments and parent questionnaires to determine areas of need for your child. Everything we do is individualized to the child and your family needs and goals.
Yes, ASHA was one of the first governing agencies to affirm the use of online therapy services to provide therapy. Since then, AOTA and APTA have also recognized the use of the online delivery model. Particularly during challenges similar to what we are facing with COVID-19, governing bodies and insurers are working proactively to provide continuity of care for families who cannot access in-person services.
Yes, our leadership team supports each of our therapists by observing sessions periodically and with regular mentoring. This ensures the best quality of therapy for our clients and also helps our team to continue to grow and learn. Privacy is respected and families will always be asked if they are comfortable with another provider observing prior to the observation. Growing Healthy Children Therapy Services also encourages collaboration and ongoing feedback to ensure every child’s progress. Additionally, we may ask a family to allow us to record a session to both provide training opportunities and feedback to therapists, but also to document baseline data and progress.
Our online platform is a secure platform that complies with established FERPA and HIPAA guidelines. Our team is licensed and credentialed and goes through an extensive background check.