Our child Occupational Therapists are licensed by the state of Minnesota and certified through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). The OT’s are trained in Handwriting Without Tears/Learning Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, Reflex Integration, Therapressure Protocol, and Astronaut Training. Kid Talk provides evaluation and treatment to improve and/or increase the independence in the following areas of child occupations:
- Self care skills, dressing
- Self-feeding, behavioral/sensory feeding
- Fine motor
- Sensory motor
- Gross motor
- Sensory processing
- Social participation
Therapeutic Listening is a sound–based therapy program that uses music and sound to exercise the muscles and nerves in the ears. It also stimulates the areas of the brain used in listening and processing sensory information. This program involves using special headphones to listen to electronically altered CD’s, containing children’s songs, classical music, or nature sounds. When completed on a consistent basis, Therapeutic Listening may help children improve overall regulation, sensitivity to sounds, and the ability totol erate sensory input. For more information visit the Vitalinks Website.
Handwriting without Tears
Handwriting Without Tears is among the three largest handwriting cirricula in the United States. The program was developed by an occupational therapist and uses easy-to-learn, easy-to-teach, developmentally appropriate, and inclusive materials to students from pre-K to cursive. Two of the occupational therapists at Kid Talk are Certified Handwriting Specialists with the Handwriting Without Tears cirriculum. For more information visit www.hwtears.com
Interactive Metronome is a brain-based rehabilitation assessment and training program developed to directly improve the processing abilities that affect attention, motor planning, and sequencing. This, in turn, strengthens motor skills, including mobility and gross motor functioning, and many fundamentals cognitive capacities such as planning, organizing, and language.