Shrewsbury Township Sensory Motor Integration
Empowered Learning Transformation Centers
developing a brighter future
Helping children overcome developmental challenges in their movement, play, speech, language, learning, attention and behavior since 1995.
Kid Sense helps children overcome personal & physical developmental challenges and learning frustrations that can otherwise prevent them from functioning optimally, independently and confidently in a peer setting.
Here for Your Family
Working closely with parents, teachers and other medical & health professionals, our pediatric team provides Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy services to children with developmental challenges, including autism.
Child Development Charts
Use our FREE child development charts and checklists to check if your child is reaching appropriate developmental milestones for their age. If you think something isn’t quite as it should be for your child, these charts and checklists will help.
Empowered Learning Transformation Centers has developed a screening tool called the Development DetectorTM. Use this FREE tool to work out areas of concern and to guide discussions at home, in preschool or at school. Simply select the area of your concern, then choose the Development DetectorTM appropriate to your child’s age.
Is your child on the autism spectrum?
Autism is not a single disorder but a group of closely-related disorders with a shared core of symptoms. We support many children with autism spectrum disorders and can assist with access to autism services, support group and resources to support children across a range environment. Helping a child who is displaying challenging behaviors is not something you have to do alone.
Occupational Therapy & Speech Therapy for children with autism
Autism is considered a ‘social disorder’ where children need additional help to develop social interaction and communication that can be used across all environments. Often this is accompanied by restricted and repetitive behavior. All of these characteristics then impact on daily functioning in multiply environments including home and academic institutions.
Occupational Therapy & Speech Therapy provide early intervention to address the social interaction and communication and subsequent functional life skills that are required across environments.
While the actual ‘therapy’ occurs in the purpose designed clinic and home setting (via home program), our Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy team works closely with parents, teachers and other care-givers to implement strategies to help skill develop in child care, kindergarten and school environments.
What is Occupational Therapy and what can it do for my child?
Occupational Therapy focuses on maximizing children’s skills in life skills at home, kindy/school, social and play. Occupational Therapy helps children with Autism develop their abilities in:
Table top skills – pencil skills, colouring, drawing, writing, scissor skills
Whole body skills – running, jumping, hopping, skipping, table posture, ball skills
Sensory Processing – which aids attention, behaviour and learning for social interaction and play
Self Management – dressing, toileting, eating, sleeping, general organization and planning of self as well as of toys / learning resources.
What is Speech Therapy and what can it do for my child?
Speech Therapy helps children to understand and use language for social interaction, play, reading and writing.) Speech Therapy helps children with Autism develop their abilities in:
Play and interaction – playing with toys and people; looking; listening and attention and early interaction skills
Receptive language – understanding what words mean; understanding concepts, sentences and grammatical rules; understanding instructions and directions; understanding how to answer questions appropriately; reading comprehension
Expressive language – saying words; linking words together; using appropriate grammar; telling stories; using language socially; writing
Articulation and talking – listening and hearing speech sounds; saying sounds; linking sounds together into words and sentences; fluency and smoothness of speech; voice quality; phonological awareness skills (ie. understanding of sounds and how sounds got together to make words); sounding out words and spelling).
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