Therapy Methods

Sensory integration therapy

Sensory integration therapy can help children who have trouble understanding sensory input, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Out therapists will design and implement an individual program that aims to stimulate sensory responses from the child – in particular, responses to do with balance and physical movement – and help the child learn to use all their senses together. Parents can implement some of the plan at home, with instructions from one of our therapists.

The Therapeutic Listening Program®

Therapeutic Listening is a structured program of listening to specifically designed music that is individually selected for each child. We use this for providing high quality auditory input within the context of a sensory based treatment program. High quality music, recorded specifically for Therapeutic Listening, is altered to exaggerate the sounds that naturally capture attention and tap into the parts of the brain involved in regulating bodily functions, relating to others, and organizing behaviour.

The Therapressure Protocol™

Sensory Defensiveness Disorder can manifest as visual, auditory or tactile defensiveness, postural or gravitational insecurity. Specifically designed to treat children who are over-responsive to sensory input, the Therapressure Protocol, as part of a larger therapeutic approach, is intended to help desensitize people with the disorder and allow them to function more normally day-to-day.

DIR / Floortime™

The DIR®/Floortime™ Model is also known as the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-Based Model. It focuses on promoting development by encouraging children to interact with parents and others through play. Floortime promotes development in areas including: sensory development, motor skills, emotional and cognitive development and communication. DIR®/Floortime™ has several parts, including assessment, home interactions, educational interactions, play dates and specific therapies (such as speech therapy). Central to the approach is Floortime™. This is a large amount of play time between adult and child, usually on the floor. We facilitate parents to practise this approach with their child.

Interactive Metronome

Interactive Metronome targets the brain's timing mechanism with an engaging, game-like program that can help children with ADHD, Apraxia/Dyspraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorders (including Asperger's, PDD), Cerebral Palsy, Dyslexia and other reading disorders, sensory processing disorder, stuttering and more. Timing skills often underscore many of these disorders, so IM is a very effective and creative addition to many of our treatment programs.

Astronaut Training Program

Not just for astronauts! This common sensory integration treatment uses a variety of listening, moving and looking exercises to enhance the way the vestibular system – which is located in the inner ear and affects movement – relates to the auditory and visual systems. This therapy trains the brain to more effectively integrate movement information with all of the senses so that the body becomes more organized.

Kinesio Taping

Kinesio Tape provides a safe and gentle approach to treatment of muscular disorders and can be remarkably beneficial for children who suffer from movement difficulties and cerebral palsy. Designed for comfortable prolonged wear, Kinesio Tape provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered in the clinic.