Rainbow Kids Achievement Center provides multidisciplinary and/or single service programs for evaluation and assessment, intervention, and consultation. The following is a detailed description of each service offered at Rainbow Kids Achievement Center.
Pediatric Occupational Therapy helps the child develop the skills necessary to become functional and independent adults. Play is most often used in occupational therapy with children because a child’s brain develops and matures through play. Some goals of therapy may include sensory discrimination and processing, development of fine motor skills, age appropriate self-care skills and overcoming feeding aversions or exploring new food items. Education and involvement of the family is also a primary consideration and critical to success. Our occupational therapist’s proved comprehensive diagnostics and ongoing therapy services for a wide range of childhood disorders. For additional information on occupational therapy, please visit the American Occupational Therapy Association at: www.aota.org/
Pediatric Physical Therapy utilizes specially designed exercises (usually in the form of play) to help children improve their physical abilities. Physical therapists evaluate and treat dysfunctions lying in the area of gross motor development. Physical therapists help children improve balance, strength, coordination, and locomotion skills. Our physical therapists provide comprehensive diagnostic and ongoing therapy services for a wide range of childhood disorders. For additional information on physical therapy, please visit the American Physical Therapy Association at www.apta.org.
Speech and Language Therapy
Rainbow Kids Achievement Center specializes in treating the full range of speech, language, feeding, fluency, voice and pragmatic disorders. Our Pediatric Speech Therapists provide evaluation and treatment of: expressive and receptive language disorders; communication disorders such as stuttering, voice problems and speech delay; articulation and phonological disorders; cognitive skills, such as problem solving and reasoning; social skills; feeding, swallowing and oral motor skills; and behavior management.
How can Speech Therapy help?
Speech and language therapy can help your child to:
- Improve understanding and expression of language
- Improve speech/sound production
- Decrease stuttering behaviors
- Improve swallowing patters to reduce tongue thrust
- Improve communication through the provision of augmentative communication systems
- Improve eating and swallowing skill development
- Promote age appropriate play skills
For more information on speech and language pathology, please visit the American Speech and Hearing Association at www.asha.org
Early Education Services
Early Intervention Specialists provide specialized early education and support for children with developmental delays and/or disabilities and their families. Typical intervention takes place in the form of play. The goal of an early intervention specialist is to minimize developmental delays and maximize chances of reaching typical milestones throughout global development. An early intervention specialist not only works with children but helps families to support their children’s development. Our early intervention specialists provide comprehensive diagnostic and ongoing services for a wide range of childhood disorders.
Peer Intervention Program
Rainbow Kids Achievement Center Peer Intervention Program (PIP) is a private pre-academic/academic and socialization program designed to meet the individual needs of children ages 3 to 7 who demonstrate developmental delay, as well as typical development. Rainbow Kids Achievement Center offers a Pre-school, Pre-K and Kindergarten Programs.
Programs are facilitated and taught by Masters Level and credentialed Early Childhood Special Education Teachers. In addition, Early Childhood Assistants are also provided for each class.
Typical age peers from the community are provided each day for the Preschool and Pre-K programs to ensure appropriate peer socialization and modeling. All classes are provided with additional classroom consultation by a Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, and/or Music Therapist.
Social Skills Programs
The social skills programs are designed to help children between the ages of 3-10, with and without diagnosed disabilities, develop and generalize social-pragmatic language and play skills into a naturalistic environment. Groups are small to allow each child specific time for skill building as well as observation.
- Making a keeping friends
- Sharing and turn-taking
- Joining a group appropriately / being a good listener / participate in a group
- Following directions during group activity
- Conversational skills
- Asking questions and making comments
- Emotional and behavioral regulation
- Using an understanding body language
- Dealing with feelings
- Accepting differences
- Dealing with conflicts
- Cooperative and symbolic play skills
Feeding Therapy/Feeding Clinic
Rainbow Kids Achievement Center offers both individual feeding therapy as well as group feeding therapy. Rainbow Kids Achievement Center offers a unique group feeding program that is modeled after the Sensory Oral Sequential Approach developed by Kay Toomey, Ph.D in Denver, CO. The group is led by a treating occupational therapist and one assistant, with a ratio between 4 and 6 children to 2 staff. The focus of the group is on developing a more positive relationship with food and the eating process, with a strong sensory base. The children learn how to have fun with their food, and how to appropriately overcome anxieties and aversions associated with food. The feeding group is a 12 week program with intensive parent involvement, training, and home programming. A nutritionist is available as needed for those children with dietary restrictions and/or weight management issues.
Vital Stimulation Therapy
The Vital Stimulation Therapy System is a safe and effective treatment for children suffering with difficulty swallowing or dysphagia. The Vital Stimulation Therapy System is a non-invasive, external electrical stimulation therapy cleared to market by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002 for the treatment of dysphagia with application on the anterior neck. The Vital Stimulation Therapy System is designed as an adjunct modality, meaning a clinician will apply Vital Stimulation while simultaneously working with the patient on swallowing exercise.