Services | Clinic
Big Springs Educational Therapy Center provides one-on-one remedial sessions for children and adults in several areas:
- Educational therapy
- Speech/language therapy
- Language enrichment
- Social Skills
- Perceptual/visual/motor therapy
- Sensory integration/occupational therapy
- Writing/written expression
Sessions are conducted on standing appointment basis: each client reserves a 50-minute weekly session with a particular therapist. Completion of our Multidisciplinary Educational Assessment allows us to design an appropriate remedial plan for the therapist to follow that prioritizes the client’s areas of need and gives specific programs, strategies, and materials to use.
Descriptions of Therapy Areas
- Educational therapy is designed to optimize learning and school adjustment. An individualized remedial plan is implemented for each client with measurable goals. Techniques are tailored to provide the most benefit and practical compensations are used to help in current school/work situations..
- Speech and language therapy focuses on verbal communication skills as related to academic learning, social development, and self-esteem. Specific areas of language weakness as noted in the multidisciplinary assessment are addressed using proven techniques and verbal interaction.
- Language enrichment is a remedial program designed by the speech/language pathologist and provided by an educational therapist. Emphasis is on remediating academic problems using a language-based approach.
- Occupational therapy focuses on optimization of sensory integrative functioning, which is the basis for the ability to learn. Occupational therapy actually looks like play as we work to improve vestibular processing, tactile processing, balance, dexterity, and coordination among parts of the body.
- Vision therapy is a clinical approach for remediating visual deficiencies that interfere with the way the brain receives, processes, and interprets visual information. Vision therapy is designed to improve academic performance through enhanced visual efficiencies and is conducted only with a prescription from a behavioral or developmental optometrist.
- Social skills offer individual and group sessions to work on peer relationships, appropriate behavior in social settings, and prepare students for success and comfort with their peers.
- Specialty courses are classes with a specific focus, usually for small groups, in particular areas such as writing and written expression, spelling, math, study skills, and writing training for students with dysgraphia.
- What is a therapy session?
Therapy is a one-on-one 50-minute session individually designed to assist the client in specific areas of difficulty. Therapy can include remediating skills in various areas, assistance with homework, teaching strategies for learning and organization, learning to use technological assistance, and using compensations to bypass weak areas.
- What’s the difference between therapy and tutoring?
Therapy utilizes different approaches to learning as dictated by the client’s learning style. Multisensory techniques and other proven methods are employed to help the student improve weak areas or teach bypass compensations.
- After the evaluation is completed, are we required to enroll in your services?
If our evaluation indicates that services are warranted, it is your choice to enroll for therapy sessions with Big Springs or another agency that provides similar services. We encourage parents to share our report with the child’s teachers and school counselors to enlist their help in providing an appropriate educational setting.
- How many therapy sessions are required?
Length of therapy depends on several factors: the client’s ability level and motivation, the extent of the learning problems, the number and type of sessions each week, measurable progress, and appropriate attendance. We do not require a contract for a set length of time in therapy.
- Why are weekly sessions necessary?
Continuity is a critical part of the growth process. Students who learn differently need consistent, frequent reinforcement of new skills and strategies.
- How do I know if therapy is working?
Communication with your therapist is critical. Ask your therapist about goals, progress, techniques used, and concerns. Your therapist will be happy to provide a progress report with measurable goals, generally after at least three months of therapy sessions.