Building Bridges Therapy provides therapy for children and young adults to meet the individual needs of our clients and families. Our therapists consult clients and their parents to establish functional goals to be targeted within a set time period. These tasks are adapted as necessary to allow the client to perform the tasks with the most independence. These tasks can include functional communication, play skills, activities of daily living, or vocational skills. Our therapists also provide early intervention services for the Forsyth County Babies Can’t Wait program.
Feeding Therapy may be provided by trained Occupational or Speech Therapists in collaboration with parents and other medical professionals. Therapist help infants and children with a wide array of feeding difficulties including: reduced or limited intake, food refusal, food selectivity, dysphagia, oral motor deficits, or delays in feeding development. Feeding therapy is important to address possible growth and nutritional concerns as well as unsafe swallowing. Feeding evaluations will include oral motor and physical assessments to determine if the problem is structural or caused by aversions or learned behaviors.
Formal swallow studies may be required prior to initiating feeding therapy if there are signs or symptoms of aspiration. If the problem is physical or structure, therapy may target increased strength and coordination of the oral structures through exercises or compensation by changing the presentation, consistency, or texture of foods. Therapy for food aversions and refusal will utilize techniques to reduce anxiety about eating and increase acceptance of foods through the use of sensory integration, behavioral modifications, food chaining, and play.
Occupational therapists collaborate with parents/caregivers and other professionals to identify and meet the needs of children experiencing delays or challenges in development; teaching and modeling skills and strategies to children and their families, to extend all aspects of daily life tasks; and adapting activities, materials, and environmental conditions so children can participate.
Interventions for infants, toddlers, and young children address motor developmental milestones; learning to pay attention and follow simple instructions; developing the ability to eat, drink, and dress independently; learning to cope with disappointment or failure; reducing extraneous environmental stimuli; building skills for sharing, taking turns, and playing with peers; and participating in age appropriate daily routines.
Interventions for older children and teens includes items such as adapting or modifying the environment, or activities to support participation in routines and learning activities; navigating more complex social relationships; strengthening self-determination and decision making skills, and enhancing overall independence; helping with vocational planning and transitions, including executive functioning and independent living skills. www.aota.org
Physical Therapists work with children and their families to assist each child in reaching their maximum potential to function independently and to promote active participation in home and community environments. Physical Therapists treat a variety of developmental, neuromuscular, congenital, skeletal, and acquired diseases such as with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, developmental delays, and torticollis. They focus on improving the child’s balance and coordination, gross and fine motor skills, strength, endurance, as well as their cognitive and sensory processing and integration. Physical therapy promotes a child’s independence, increasing their participation, motor development and function, improves their strength, enhances their learning opportunities, and eases care giving for family members. www.pediatricapta.org
Behavioral analysis is a scientifically validated approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. In this context, “behavior” refers to actions and skills. Behavior analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behavior is followed by a reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that cause harm or interfere with learning. The use of these techniques and principles brings about meaningful and positive change in behaviors.Since the 1960s, therapists have been applying behavior analysis to help children with autism and related developmental disorders. Today, ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism. It has been endorsed by a number of state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General. Over the last decade, the nation has seen a particularly dramatic increase in the use of ABA to help persons with autism live happy and productive lives. In particular, ABA principles and techniques can foster basic skills such as looking, listening, and imitating as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing, and understanding another person’s perspective.
ABA Therapy is offered individually and in small group settings. The number of hours is determined by the individual plan of care. Adaptive Preschool Programs “APPs” target individual goals in a structured small group therapeutic setting for preschool aged children.
Building Bridges Therapy offers speech, occupational, physical, and ABA therapy in individual and group settings. Our wide range of therapy options ensure that your child will grow and learn in the method that best meets their needs!
Building Bridges is an awesome place for therapy. Our son has been going here since he was 2 and he is now 7. Without Building Bridges therapy help we don’t know what we would’ve done. They have filled tremendous learning gaps in our son due to epileptic seizures. He can now read and functions normally in the school setting and with peers. The therapists are loving and caring and are very structured in accomplishing goals set. Couldn’t ask for a better therapy setting. Very pleased
My son attended Building Bridges from 2015 until April 2017, he made wonderful progress during his time there. He started as non-verbal at 18 months old, and today he is speaking in full sentences. He has also made progress with OT, PT and ABA. The ABA “pre-school” was great and he still talks about all of his friends and therapists. He would still be attending Building Bridges if we had not moved to Jacksonville, FL. We miss you guys!! Thanks for everything!
We have been attending a variety of therapies (OT, PT, Feeding, and Speech) for the past 5 years. The staff and therapists have been nothing but wonderful to work with. We have had several therapists with us since our daughter was brought home from the hospital at three weeks old… they are like family! I highly recommend the quality of the therapists, the staff, and the facility…. and we can’t beat the location!
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