Therapist working with his young client in a sensory swing.

In-Home Therapy Services

Arizona Autism's In-Home Therapy services are full spectrum. Meaning, your child will not only get the immediate attention they require, but they will also receive the development of fine motor skills, self-help skills, self-care skills, communication skills, coordination and balance, socialization skills, sensory integration, and attention and problem solving skills needed for every stage of their life.

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Occupational Therapist and client.

Occupational Therapy

A child’s main job is playing and learning.

Our pediatric occupational therapists help kids with autism develop the skills necessary to live day to day, so they can be more independent in all areas of their lives. Our occupational therapy services include fine motor skills, handwriting, self-care and self-help skills, socialization and sensory integration as well as attention development and problem solving.

The most important role the occupational therapist will play in your child’s life is assisting in helping your child with sensory processing. This, in turn, removes barriers to learning and helps children with autism become calmer and more focused. Sensory integration therapy for kids with autism is based on the assumption that the child is either “overstimulated” or “under stimulated” by their environment, so occupational therapy is used to improve the ability of the child’s brain to process sensory information – sounds, touch, light, etc. – so the child can function better in their daily activities.

Occupational therapy is a vital part of caring for kids with autism. Improving a child’s cognitive, physical, sensory and motor skills will also boost their self-esteem and create a powerful sense of accomplishment for the child.

 
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Speech Therapy

A child with autism must do more than learn how to speak.

Autism can affect a child’s speech, language development, and social communication in many ways. A child with autism may not speak at all or may communicate with grunts, cries, shrieks, babbles, or humming. The child may parrot their parents or others repeatedly or make up their own language in an attempt to communicate.

By working with one of our pediatric speech therapists (or speech-language pathologists), your child gets the attention he or she needs to learn how to communicate with language, including how to have a conversation as well as becoming aware of and able to read both verbal and nonverbal cues from other people (i.e. facial expressions, tone of voice, and body language).

Pediatric speech therapists also help kids with autism with feeding and swallowing difficulties, cognition, and language development for receptive and expressive modalities.

Speech Therapist working with an autistic client.
 
Physical Therapist working with a special needs girl.

Physical Therapy

A child at play is a beautiful sight to see.

Our physical therapists (“PTs”) specialize in the treatment of children with developmental disabilities from ages birth to twenty-one. Most of them are NDT certified and have undergone intensive training to work with children with cerebral palsy and similar neuromuscular disorders.

At Arizona Autism, our physical therapists use a variety of assessment and treatment techniques to not only identify areas of concern but also capitalize on a child’s strengths in order to improve gross motor skills (i.e. the ability to stand up, walk, jump, and run), functional mobility, strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, proprioceptive awareness, muscular and cardio-vascular endurance, and agility.

Our physical therapists help children with autism develop “motor planning.” That is, the ability to coordinate their own bodies while at play. As an example, a child may understand how to climb onto a swing and hang but, but he’s unable to coordinate the motions needed to get the swinging moving. Additionally, many kids with autism find it hard to ride a bike or use skates.

It’s important that a child with autism is free to play. And that in playing, they are equipped with the motor skills, coordination, and agility to be effective and safe. Physical therapy is a critical part of pediatric care for children with autism as it supports how they are able to move in the world – at the playground, at home, at school, and everywhere in life.

Our physical therapists also work with parents to teach them techniques they can use to help their child build muscle strength, coordination and gross motor skills at home.

 
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