Services and Programs
Our staff is committed to providing services to children in combination with their primary care and specialty care providers, school(s), and other involved community-based service agencies. The staff at GPT works closely with the child’s family to address the family’s needs and concerns, and to incorporate the goals of the family in developing and implementing their child’s treatment program.

Therapy services at GPT include the following:

Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy involves the use of purposeful activity or therapeutic interventions constructed to facilitate functional outcomes that influence health and which develop, enhance, maintain or re-establish the highest possible level of independence of any individual who has physical, cognitive, emotional and psychosocial demands that present themselves on a daily basis and in the presence of disability, disease, or other disorders or conditions.

Physical Therapy
Physical therapy involves the application of scientific principles to promote functional independence by evaluating the physical capacities and limitations of individuals for designing treatment to alleviate pain, correct or minimize deformity, increase strength and mobility, and influence general health. Top

Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy in the Educational Setting
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), occupational therapy and physical therapy are defined as “related services,” which students with disabilities who receive special education are entitled to, only if it will help them benefit from their special education program. Public schools are mandated to provide free, appropriate education in the least restrictive environment to children with disabilities who need special education and related services. This means that to the maximum extent possible, students with disabilities should be educated with students without disabilities. Occupational therapy and physical therapy practitioners working in the school setting must therefore focus on improving a child’s functional skills as related to his or her performance in the educational environment. Occupational therapy and physical therapy service delivery is integrated in the school environment to the greatest extent possible and involves collaboration with the educational staff.

Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)

NDT is a treatment technique that was developed by Berta Bobath, a physical therapist, and her husband Karel Bobath, a medical doctor. NDT is widely used by occupational and physical therapists to remediate neurological and developmental motor dysfunction. The goals of NDT are to reduce the influence of abnormal muscle tone and postural reactions, to promote functional movement patterns, and to prevent deformities. NDT techniques offer a hands-on approach to addressing the issues of motor learning and control.

Sensory Integration (SI)
Sensory integration is a theory and technique developed by A. Jean Ayres, a psychologist and occupational therapist. Ayres described SI as “the organization of sensation for use” (Ayres, 1979). In sensory integration theory, SI is referred to as a neurological process that occurs naturally within the brain with little conscious effort or attention. It involves the processing and integration of external and internal sensory information within the brain, and the ability to use this information functionally through appropriate adaptive responses. The sensory information that is received into our nervous systems from our environment or from within our bodies includes not only the senses most people are familiar with (auditory (hearing), visual (seeing), olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste), tactile (touch)), but also other sensations that arise from within our bodies, such as vestibular and kinesthetic/proprioceptive sensory input. It is postulated that the process of SI has an impact on our development, motor control, learning and behavior.

Oral-Motor Development
The development of oral-motor skills is often addressed by pediatric occupational therapists. Following evaluation, which includes assessment of the oral structures, sensory processing and motor function, a treatment plan or oral-motor program can be developed. An occupational therapist typically guides a child through the developmental process of sensory awareness and/or tolerance, to be proceeded by biting, chewing and swallowing. The overall goal of oral-motor development and treatment is to achieve oral nutrition to the highest level possible.

Additional programs that are offered at GPT include:

Gymnastics Class
Gymnastics is an activity that promotes balance, strength, coordination, flexibility, and body awareness, as well as social interaction and self-confidence. GPT’s class focuses on recreational gymnastics and events, including the balance beam, bars, rings, tumbling, and vault. Skills are taught in a progression that begins with basic skills and builds up to more intermediate and advanced skills, as appropriate for each individual child. For the child’s safety, each class is highly structured and organized and all participants are required to stay with the group for the duration of the class.

Session: 4 weeks each month

Days/Time: Classes are offered on Friday afternoons, after school.

Length of Classes: 45 minutes

Price: Payment will cover the price for the entire 4 week session. Estimated fee is between $65 to $75 per 4-week session.

Ages: 4 to 12 years

Student to Coach Ratio: 4-6 (students) to 1(coach), depending on the abilities of the students in the class. Top

Sample Class Structure and Activities

5-10 minutes: Warm-up that focuses on preparing the body for exercise, as well as teaching basic body positions.

30 minutes: In general, two different circuits are set up that incorporate balance beam, vaulting, tumbling, bars and rings. Some activities in the circuit require hands-on assistance from the coaches, while the students perform other stations individually, with supervision. Each circuit lasts approximately 10 to 15 minutes. In addition, new skills are taught one at a time, while other students observe the lesson and wait their turn in line.

5 minutes: Conditioning activities will focus on increasing muscle strengthening and endurance.

The structure and activities included in each class varies, depending on the participants’ abilities and needs.

Sign-up: Enrollment for the gymnastics class occurs on a first come, first serve basis. The more children that sign-up, the more classes will be offered. Top

Early Intervention Program

Gallagher Pediatric Therapy
GTP All Stars
805 Global Infant Development Program

Start Date: March 27, 2006

Sue Shaw, Program Director
Extension 118
Cell phone #: (951) 206-7768