Physical therapy

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy addresses posture, strength, coordination, and other gross motor concerns.  Physical therapists work to improve a child’s flexibility and range of motion as well as balance, strength, movement and motor planning skills. While all children develop at their own unique paces, some of the more common signs that your child might require the support of a physical therapist includes:

  • Delays in achieving developmental milestones, including rolling, crawling, and walking.

  • Tight or stiff muscles.

  • Poor balance and coordination skills.

  • Difficulties with ball skills.

  • Strength or endurance concerns.

 
Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists assess and treat difficulties with fine motor, self care, and sensory processing skills.  While all children develop at their own unique paces, some of the more common signs that your child might require the support of an occupational therapist includes:

  • Difficulties with grasp and manipulation skills, including awkward pencil grasp.

  • Poor handwriting.

  • Difficulties using eating utensils or self-feeding.

  • Unusually reactive to common sensations, such as messy textures or loud noises.

  • Sensory seeking or repetitive behavior.

  • Difficulties learning new movement skills.

 
Speech therapy

Speech Therapy

Speech-language therapy addresses delays in expressive and receptive language, as well as oral motor and feeding concerns.  Speech therapists are experts in the areas of verbal and non-verbal communication.  While all children develop at their own unique paces, some of the more common signs that your child might require the support of a speech-language therapist includes:

  • Does not use as many words as other children his or her age.

  • Unclear speech.

  • Shows signs of frustration or stress when trying to communicate.

  • Difficulty following directions.

  • Social awkwardness.

  • Difficulties with eating or drinking.

 
ABA

Applied Behavior Analysis
(ABA Therapy)

Families often find themselves overwhelmed when physicians refer their child for therapeutic services, especially when there are behavioral concerns. Often, physicians recommend ABA Therapy without fully explaining what those services look like or what to expect. 

Broward Children’s Center offers ABA Therapy to children 2 years old and up. BCC’s ABA Therapy Program provides opportunities for social interactions with peers, and increased exposure to a language-rich environment.

In our ABA clinic, we provide instruction in verbal behavior, language development, pre-academic and academic skills, socialization, play, daily living skills, as well as maladaptive behavior reduction, as necessary. Each child’s program is individualized, based on his or her needs. This includes reducing challenging behaviors such as, self-injurious behavior, physical aggression, and tantrums and increasing skills such as interactions with peers, communication, toileting, and academic skills.

Our experienced staff will use different assessments (Functional Behavior Assessments, direct observations, ABLLS, VBMAPP, etc.) to develop an ABA program that is the ideal match for the child, and addresses each individual’s specific needs.

Children will work one-on-one with a highly trained therapist on their individual goals. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) oversees all cases from the development of treatment goals to monitoring ongoing progress.