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Giving Each Child the Courage to Comprehend at Atlanta's Children's Special Services

By Elisha Neubauer

When it comes to choosing an occupational therapy service program for your child, keep in mind that for the time your therapist is working with your child, be it short or long, that person becomes "family". Most important you want to know that your child will benefit from the process, address presenting concerns, and be given the essential tools for life success.

Children's Special Services, LLC an Atlanta based company provides services for children toddler through teen addressing mild to complex developmental issues such as homework skills , handwriting, ADD, ADHD, Autism, selective mutism, perceptual processing and more.

"The 'art' of occupational therapy is that it is individualized," Orloff explains. "There is no recipe that should be followed." Curious, we asked her how they decide on a plan, since there is no specific course of action. "the construction of the path of theory is based on an initial evaluation that is grounded in research and evidenced based theories of practice," she says. "How long should be sessions be (1 hour, 30 minutes, et cetera), how often (once a week twice a week); all these things should be discussed in a conference with the parent and based on the science of the findings within the report."

Just as plotting a course of therapy is individualized, so are the signs that a child requires occupational therapy. "There is no way of knowing whether OT intervention is needed until at least a screening or at minimum an observation," details Orloff. "What parents need to know is that early problems do not self-resolve." She continues, stressing how important early detection is to the child's benefit. It is then that Orloff gives us the most crucial piece of information.

"I work with too many children in 4th-5th, and even 11th grade, who are now angry that they are not 'good enough' and I hear all too often, 'we thought he/she would outgrow it'. Children do not outgrow anything but their clothes."

Once parents acknowledge an issue may require a little extra help to correct, how do they go about finding a therapist? Obviously, as parent, finding the best you can is important. But how do you do so? According to Orloff, most parents come to Children's Special Services from word of mouth, physician referrals, parent referrals, school referrals, Internet, website search and advertising posted in the local papers and parent magazines.

At Children's Special Services, they've developed several programs that are specific to the company. Write Incredibly Now (WIN), Personal Options and Preferences (POP), and Ask Susan are some of these unique programs. Both individual and group programs are offered at CSS, and are tailored to fit each child specifically. "CSS uses interactive therapeutic learning experiences that encompass both psychological and physiological development issues," says Orloff. "By assessing and treating visual motor, coordination, visual processing, and organizational skills, school and life skills improve."

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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