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Below is a list of specialized programs/equipment and treatment approaches that
are available and utlized by our therapists at the Perfect Playground:
  • Sensory Integration in a sensory-enriched gym **
  • Snoezelen Multi-Sensory Equipment Room **
  • Astronaut Training Program (Vestibular-Visual-Auditory Training Program)
  • Neuronet **
  • Listening Programs
  • STIC Kids **
  • TPOT (Tracking and Perceptual Skills for Occupational Therapists) **
  • NDT (Neuro-Developmental Treatment)**
  • PROMPT **
  • Earobics **
  • American sign language
  • Augmentative and Alternative communication**
  • Orton Gillingham
Sensory Integration – Sensory integration was originally founded by an Occupational Therapist named Dr. Jean Ayres in the 1960’s.  Sensory processing is the ability to perceive, process, organize and integrate sensory information from one's internal and external environments.

Our ability to make sense of the space around us and appropriately meet the many challenges faced in our daily lives is a result of the integration and proper “wiring” of five major sensory systems: vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, auditory and visual. When these systems are well integrated, it enables an individual to effectively and efficiently function within and communicate with the world around them. A trained sensory integration therapist utilizes a variety of techniques and strategies to provide children with the therapeutic environments and opportunities to improve responses to incoming sensory information and sensation within their own body, thus enabling them to become more confident, successful, interactive, and independent explorers of their worlds.

The therapists utilizes sensory equipment based of the child’s sensory treatment plan, such as suspended equipment, rock climbing wall, bean bags, mats, balance boards, and weighted equipment to set the “stage” for a child driven, fun-filled, sensory enriched, therapeutic, occupational therapy session!

Snoezelen Multi-Sensory Environment – The Perfect Playground is the only pediatric center on Staten Island featuring state of the art Snoezelen equipment. Sensory rooms at both the North Shore and South Shore office have been equipped in order to address the needs of children with sensory processing dysfunction as well as those on the autistic spectrum. All staff members have been trained in the use of Snoezelen sensory equipment in order to reach each child’s optimal arousal level. Equipment includes solar projector, bubble tubes, fiber optic sprays, black lights, aromatherapy kits, visual and tactile solution boxes, bean bags chairs as well as floor and wall cushions.

The philosophy of Snoezelen is to provide children with a safe and non-threatening environment where they can explore, discover, overcome inhibitions, enhance self esteem and reduce tension. Snoezelen equipment is used to provide experiences that can be either multi sensory or single sensory by adapting lighting, sounds, atmosphere and texture to the specific needs of each client. Click on the links below to see photographs of our Snoezelen Room.

Astronaut Training – is a sensory integrative protocol that is specifically designed to stimulate and integrate the vestibular, auditory and visual systems.  The protocol is implemented by a trained clinician with fundamental understanding in sensory integration.   The parent/caregiver/classroom staff is trained in this protocol so it may be carried over in the child’s home or school.

Neuronet – is a program that addresses the integration of rhythm, timing, multi-tasking, vestibular processing, visual processing, standing balance, foot and hand coordination, auditory processing, and talking all at the same time. Through a series of developmental, hierarchical exercises, Neuronet will help train your brain to process what you hear, see and feel faster, automatically, and more efficiently. The goal is for children to become independent learners. The parent/caregiver is trained in each specific exercise to carry over at home on a daily basis. For more information on NeuroNet visit: www.neuronetonline.com

Stic Kids – is a computerized program to collaborate between parents and therapists the child’s sensory needs in order to design a sensory diet that can be implemented in school, at home and during therapy sessions.

TPOT – (Tracking and Perceptual Skills for OT’s) is a computerized program to be used with children who have problems with eye movements (tracking) and visual processing. It contains 14 different programs that allow the therapist to focus on saccadic dysfunction, visual spatial dysfunction, visual analysis dysfunction and visual motor integration dysfunction.

NDT – (Neuro-Developmental Treatment) is an advanced therapeutic approach practiced by trained PTs, OTs, and Speech-Language Pathologists. Neuro-Developmental Treatment is a hands-on intervention approach for individuals of any age or developmental level to treat underlying neuromuscular conditions as well as delays in postural or motor control. Specific handling techniques are utilized to facilitate improved alignment, postural control, movement patterns, motor planning to help the child use their body more effectively and efficiently to explore their environment and engage in activities of daily living.

PROMPT – (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) is a system of tactile-kinesthetic-proprioceptive cues presented to the oral/facial area to promote proper awareness and positions of the muscles responsible for making a sound, saying a word, or saying words in sentences.  PROMPT is commonly used to remediate speech production errors associated with articulation and phonological disorders such as dyspraxia/apraxia of speech.

Earobics – is a fun, interactive, multi-sensory program that targets phonological awareness skills that are necessary for reading and language development through a computer-based program. It incorporates the full range of phonological awareness, auditory processing, phonic and language comprehension skills, vocabulary, and writing all of which are necessary for language competence. This diverse, multisensory approach to literacy engages and motivates learners and delivers results for all students, including at-risk readers, English language learners, and special education students.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication – (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. We all use AAC when we make facial expressions or gestures, use symbols or pictures, or write. People with severe speech or language problems sometimes rely on AAC to supplement existing verbal speech or replace speech that is not functional. Special augmentative aids, such as picture and symbol communication boards and electronic devices, are available to help people express themselves. This may increase social interaction, school performance, and feelings of self-worth. (from http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/AAC.htm)

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