Early intervention is designed to help babies and toddlers meet their developmental milestones. Qualified professionals work with parents and children up to the age of three years old who are experiencing delays in their development. The goal of early intervention is for children to reach their highest level of development. Therapists work closely with parents and other family members to teach them how to help their young child learn the skills they need to develop as they grow such as rolling over, sitting up, picking things up with their hands, walking, and talking. Click here to learn more.
Occupational therapy focuses on developing a person’s ability to do the things they need to do to take care of themselves. This includes a child’s or adult’s ability to do things such as bathing, dressing, eating, doing schoolwork, managing a home, or working. Easterseals’ licensed occupational therapists and certified occupational therapy assistants promote independence in self-care, work, school, and play. Click here to learn more.
Speech pathologists, sometimes called speech therapists, help people learn speech and language. They also treat swallowing and feeding problems. Speech pathologists might help a stroke survivor regain their ability to talk, or might help a young child learn to speak. Speech pathologists also help people who cannot learn to talk to use augmentative communication devices like computer-based devices that speak for a person, or a board with pictures or words that a person can point to. Click here to learn more.
Physical therapy services focus on preserving, developing, and restoring physical function that may have been lost due to injury, disease, aging, or congenital abnormality. Easterseals licensed physical therapists incorporate therapeutic exercise, therapeutic activities, and assistive or adaptive devices, such as walkers or bracing; and specialized manual techniques to encourage independence at work, home, school, and in the community. Click here to learn more.
Assistive technology includes equipment and services that allow individuals with disabilities to overcome barriers in the home, on the job, at school or just about anywhere. Assistive technology can include such devices as programs that read a computer screen out loud for people who are blind, computer devices that speak for people who cannot talk or an organization system for someone who had had a traumatic brain injury. Click here to learn more.
Easterseals Happiness House is proud to offer therapy and horseback riding services at InStride Therapy and Equestrian Center. At InStride we utilize the beautiful sixty-two-acre therapy facility in Nokomis, Florida to deliver Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), and Speech Therapy. Additionally, InStride also offers Therapeutic Riding and Equine Assisted Learning Programs including programs for veterans. Our horseback riding program offers the ability for riders ages 7 and up to learn Classical Horsemanship and Classical Dressage.
Board-certified music therapists address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs through the use of music. Music therapy is performed in a variety of settings and with a variety of clients in both group and individual sessions.
Please contact Easterseals for more information about how you can begin the process of receiving therapy for your child or loved one.