Welcome to Tiny Tots Therapy

The Developmental Growth and Enrichment of our youth is at the forefront of Tiny Tots Therapy Inc. Through outreach and collaborative resources, our team is dedicated to maximizing the independence of life skills in children and adolescents, supporting our caregivers, and increasing awareness throughout our communities. The families we work with keep us motivated in our mission of guiding children through achievable milestones and our vision of providing valuable and meaningful services to our patients remains at that heart of what we do.

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02 Aug 2017
August 2, 2017

Interview with Arielle Harris

August 2, 2017

What’s your name? Arielle Harris

What’s your role at Tiny Tots Therapy? School and outpatient clinic-based Occupational Therapist

What’s are you favorite hobbies? Crafting and going to the beach

Why do you do what you do? I love teaching kids skills through playing that help improve their lives and increase their independence.

What do you love about Tiny Tots Therapy? I love being able to work with kids and how involved and passionate the employees are- top to bottom!

What’s an example of a time you felt you made a difference and how did it make you feel? Honestly, I feel that I make a difference every day and that is why I love my job. Just making the kids smile, makes the day worth it.

What is involved in an initial evaluation? The purpose of the initial evaluation is to get a baseline understanding of a child’s current functioning. We then determine whether he or she is appropriate for treatment and in what ways Tiny Tots Therapy professionals can help. We conduct a parent interview to get a full picture of the child’s medical history. From there, our therapists complete a functional analysis with the assistance of standardized assessments and observation of the child. This is all done through play, so children will feel comfortable through any of the assessment process. Once the assessments are complete, a member of ours will meet with the parent to discuss the findings and explain what the next steps in the process will be–whether that is to schedule their next appointment with Tiny Tots; or to make a referral to another professional that provides services not offered by us. 

Can you describe the evaluation process? In order to treat children, our professionals must have a clear understanding of their current functioning–both strengths and deficits. At Tiny Tots Therapy, we know that children are their truest self when they are engrossed in play, so we incorporate fun into all aspects of the assessment process. The child will engage in a variety of activities that assess their speech, motor, sensory, social, and other abilities. Activities might include writing, getting dressed, or storytelling. As the child completes each task, the therapist makes observations which will be used to analyze the child’s current ability levels and determine his or her treatment needs. This information will let us know whether or not the child’s needs can be met by our service offerings. If they can, this information will be utilized to develop a treatment plan for the child. If the child’s needs exceed the level of service we provide, our therapists will provide a referral to another service provider that is a more appropriate fit. The entire process typically takes less than an hour.

How long will my kid need therapy? Essentially, a child should remain in therapy for as long as it takes to achieve an appropriate and desired level of functioning. Every child is different, so his or her course of treatment will depend on a number of factors. First, the severity of the child’s functional deficits when they begin therapy will determine how much treatment will be needed, at minimum, to get him or her to where they need to be. During treatment, consistency of attendance, parent involvement, reinforcement and practice at home outside of treatment sessions will all promote faster and more sustainable improvements. There is an opportunity after each therapy session for parents to discuss their child’s performance and strategies for at-home implementation of the skills learned that day. We strongly encourage parents to get their children to all sessions on time, to ask questions and understand the tools the child is learning, and to practice with them at home in order to get the best and fastest outcomes from therapy. Readiness for discharge from treatment is determined by both the parent and the therapist who will discuss whether goals have been met and their confidence in the child’s ability to maintain those gains in the absence of ongoing treatment.

Do I need a prescription for therapy? In the clinic, a prescription is strongly advised, but not mandatory. Referral from a pediatrician or other provider can be very helpful in honing in on the specific issues that prompted the provider to make the referral during the assessment process. Additionally, if you are utilizing insurance to pay for treatment, a referral can be useful in substantiating the claim.

30 Jul 2017
July 30, 2017

Handling Sensory Overload in Public

July 30, 2017

As many parents know, going out in public can be a stressful challenge for both you and your child with a sensory processing disability.  Bright lights, loud noises, and strange smells can all be triggers that may cause your child to experience sensory overload in public.  Although it is difficult to minimize exposure to these triggers, it is important to have a plan in place to handle sensory overload before it turns into a sensory meltdown.  We’ve compiled a list of helpful tips to managing sensory overload in public with your child.

  • Come prepared: Although you have little control over the sensory environment of public places, packing a few essential items may be able to help your child better cope with his or her surroundings.  Bright fluorescent lights often found in grocery stores and other public places can be triggers for sensory overload in many children, but packing a pair of polarized sunglasses could help your child manage the artificial brightness.  Loud noises in crowded places can also be a trigger of sensory overload; bringing noise canceling headphones or listening to soothing music can help your child handle the sensory stress.
  • Have an escape route: Sometimes when your child is dealing with sensory overload in public, it’s best to take a moment to step outside, away from your current setting.  While outside, your child will be in natural light and can escape the loud noise of a crowded room. This allows him or her to decompress from the situation.  
  • Know the triggers: Try to pay attention to what causes your child’s sensory overload. By identifying these risks, you can try to avoid certain places or environments. Knowing these triggers can help you take a proactive approach to better prepare your child and ensure you both have a more enjoyable experience!

At Tiny Tots Therapy, we help children enhance their sensory integration skills through home, school, and center-based services. Visit our website to learn more, or make an appointment with one of our passionate pediatric therapists.