The team at Round Rock Children’s Therapy Center wants to help your child reach his or her full potential and we offer a variety of services in the areas of speech therapy and occupational therapy. We recognize that each child is unique and requires an individualized treatment program in order to maximize progress and achieve success. Together we will create a custom therapy program for your child that considers his or her specific needs and your family’s goals.
If you are concerned about your child’s ability to communicate or your child’s ability to perform the necessary skills for daily living, we offer informal, free of charge consultations and screenings regarding all of our areas of intervention in order to determine if further treatment is needed.
For our consultations, we will discuss any concerns you are having about your child. We will ask questions that will give us the information we need to determine if there is a need for further investigation.
A screening is similar to a consultation, but during a screening, we administer an informal evaluation directly to the prospective client. The informal evaluation will result in a pass or fail grade, and based on the results, we will decide if further standardized testing is warranted.
A thorough assessment is a process that confirms the proper diagnosis and helps us to decide the best route of intervention for your child. An assessment is a detailed process of gathering essential information that includes an interview of the patient and/or the caregiver, formal and informal assessment techniques, results and interpretation, diagnostic data, treatment plan of care, and any further recommendations.
Areas of the speech and language assessment include: oral motor, articulation and phonology, receptive and expressive language, social thinking and pragmatic language, play and social interaction, pre-literacy skills, and voice & fluency. Specialized assessment and treatment is offered in the area of augmentative and alternative communication.
Areas of the occupational therapy assessment include: coordination, school readiness and performance, self-help, focus and attention, eye-hand coordination, and regulatory behaviors.
Once a patient’s personalized assessment is complete, we will develop an individualized treatment program in order to maximize progress and achieve success. Together we will create a custom therapy program for your child that considers his or her specific needs and your family’s goals. We provide treatment for the following: oral motor, articulation and phonology, receptive and expressive language, social thinking (see below for more detailed description) and pragmatic language, play and social interaction, pre-literacy skills (see below for more detailed description), and voice & fluency.
We provide treatment sessions in 30 to 60-minute increments that are scheduled at our treatment center, community (school, daycare, etc.), or in the patient’s home based on the patient’s individual needs.
Group speech therapy focuses on developing and improving the communication skills of children with their peers, teachers, siblings, parents, and other individuals that are a part of their world. Group therapy sessions are comprised of 2-4 children and are based on the principles of social-thinking therapy (program founded by Michelle Garcia Winner). Melissa Balthazor has completed the Social Thinking Clinical Training Program Level 1-Assessment at Michelle Garcia Winner’s clinic in San Jose, CA. To see more about this program please visit www.socialthinking.com.
Social-Thinking Therapy (program founded by Michelle Garcia Winner), focuses on developing and practicing innovative treatment approaches for assisting individuals with social-cognitive challenges, including patients with high-functioning autism, Asperger Syndrome, nonverbal learning disability and related diagnosed and undiagnosed social-communicative difficulties. Melissa Balthazor has completed the Social Thinking Clinical Training Program Level 1-Assessment at Michelle Garcia Winner’s clinic in San Jose, CA. To see more about this program please visit www.socialthinking.com
Our pre-literacy program is a program that is specifically targeted on emerging literacy. Students lacking previous experiences with skills such as print awareness, alphabetic principle, and phonemic awareness need supplementary instruction to ensure they do not lag behind their peers. Melissa Balthazor is an authorized provider of the Lindamood-Bell Phoneme Sequencing program (LiPS). To see more about this program visit www.lindamoodbell.com.
The Cycles program (developed by Dr. Barbara Hodson) focuses on helping unintelligible children learn to use proper speech patterns so they can grow up to be successful . The concept of cycles is that several phonological processes are modified in a specific sequence and several sounds are used to facilitate the suppression of each phonological process. Children enrolled in this program are encouraged to receive therapy at least 3-4 times per week and a home program is also established. Melissa Balthazor has a love of phonology and has had the benefit of attending a conference hosted by Dr.Hodson.
This program uses engaging multi-sensory techniques and research-based methods to make handwriting a natural and automatic skill for children of all ages and abilities. Handwriting Without Tears uses a fun hands-on approach to develop good skills and teach correct letter formation.
Therapeutic Listening is a sound-based intervention that is embedded in a sensory integration perspective. Because the auditory system has connections to many parts of the brain, sound is a powerful way to access the nervous system and affect changes. Therapeutic Listening involves listening to specially recorded and enhanced music on headphones as part of a daily home program. The program is highly adaptable to the specific needs of the client. Typically, clients will use Therapeutic Listening twice a day for thirty minutes per session as part of a sensory diet. When combined with other therapy treatment approaches, Therapeutic Listening can have a significant impact on the client’s functional abilities and progress toward treatment goals. http://www.vitallinks.net
The SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding program is an effective way to address problematic feeding behaviors in a variety of settings and populations. Parents and caregivers of children who will not eat are faced with a difficult and often puzzling challenge. Because the interplay between weight gain and a child’s experience of food can be complicated, there is rarely an easy solution when a feeding problem arises. The SOS Approach uses a transdisciplinary team approach which assess the “whole child”: organ systems, muscles, development sensory, oral-motor, learning/behavior, cognition, nutrition and environment.