All Therapy at FOCUS is Play-Based Therapy
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6M ago
At FOCUS, all of our Fort Myers therapies are play-based therapy. Of course, play can be a lot of fun for as adults too – but the real reason we use a play-based therapy model in our speech, occupational, physical, and ABA therapy sessions is simply because: It works. Study after study shows that when we engage kids in a play-based model of therapy, they’re going to be more engaged, excited about therapy – and they’re going to better remember the skills we’re trying to teach them. “We never say, ‘Ok let’s go back and do some therapy,'” explains FOCUS Therapy Owner/Founder Jennifer Voltz-Ronco ..read more
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FOCUS Therapy Only Schedules Evaluations if We Have Space to Treat Your Child
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6M ago
Evaluations are an important step in the process of securing speech, occupational, physical, and/or ABA therapy for your child. But parents and caregivers should be wary of facilities that offer these evaluations while lacking capacity to immediately treat the child. FOCUS Therapy Owner/Founder Jennifer Voltz-Ronco explains that unless her team is being called on for a second opinion of an initial evaluation, they refrain from conducting formal assessments if unable to promptly provide treatment once the evaluation is complete. “A standardized assessment is only a snapshot in time during the c ..read more
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FOCUS Therapy Take on New CDC Developmental Milestones Guidelines
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6M ago
Earlier this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) updated its developmental milestones guidelines used to identify potential red flags indicating a child may need early intervention services. This process was initiated long before the pandemic, and finalized in February. After taking some time to consider the impact of these new standards, our FOCUS Therapy team has some concerns that we hope parents and local providers will pay attention to when weighing whether a child may require early intervention, such as speech, occupational, physical, feeding, and ABA therap ..read more
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Tantrum or Sensory Meltdown? Fort Myers ABA Therapists Explain
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6M ago
When working with kids who have varying sensory struggles, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a tantrum or a sensory meltdown. Our Fort Myers ABA therapists recognize that it often takes some detective work to differentiate. But determining which is which is important when formulating the most effective response. A sensory meltdown can be especially tough to identify because a child’s sensory thresholds can vary from day-to-day or even hour-to-hour. Some behaviors that may be present in BOTH: Screaming Kicking Name-calling Hitting Crying Hiding or avoidance Tantrums, however ..read more
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Fort Myers Speech Therapist Tips for Kids Who Struggle With “Inside Voices”
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6M ago
How many times a day are you admonishing your child to please use their “inside voice”? As a Fort Myers speech therapist, I love it when kids are engaged and excited to participate in a conversation! That said, I also recognize that sometimes our little friends can get a bit TOO lively – and loud – for the situation. The reality is all kids frequently yell, stomp, shriek, use screechy or whiny tones – and for all kinds of reasons. Teaching kids how to control their volume – and practice using “inside voices” – is important because there are many real-life situations that require it. Learning h ..read more
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Study: Less than 1/2 Kids With Autism Undergo Early Intervention Therapy
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6M ago
Early intervention therapy for autism is crucial to optimal long-term outcomes for children on the spectrum. “Early intervention,” defined as a combination of speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nutrition/feeding therapy, and ABA therapy, should ideally begin before age 3 to be the most effective. Yet a new study found that more than 50 percent of children with autism do NOT get the critical early intervention that has been proven to lay the foundation for yielding the best sustained results. Researchers at Rutgers University analyzed the early intervention participation of ..read more
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Fort Myers Feeding Therapy Tips for Picky Eaters
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6M ago
Our Fort Myers feeding therapy pros at FOCUS Therapy recognize that it's totally normal for lots of kids to shy away from new, unfamiliar foods. It's not just the difference of taste, but the way it looks, smells, and feels. For kids with sensory processing disorders and/or conditions like autism who are notoriously risk-averse when it comes to new foods, it can be especially tough to incorporate a healthy variety into their diet. But our Fort Myers feeding therapy experts have many techniques that can help them slowly overcome these obstacles - and have fun while they're doing it! One tip fo ..read more
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Fort Myers Speech Therapists Teach Social Communication to Neurodivergent Kids
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6M ago
Our Fort Myers pediatric speech therapists recognize there is SO much more to communication than just saying words. As explained by the American Speech & Hearing Association (ASHA), social communication is how and WHY we use language to interact with others. Even though there isn't precisely a "right" or "wrong" way to communicate, there are so many unwritten rules of communication. Over time, we learn how to adjust not only what we say but how we say it - and when - to meet the particulars of whatever situation we're in. For example, there are a lot of things you might be thinking that ..read more
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Shoe-Tying Strategies From Our SWFL Occupational Therapists
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6M ago
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A New Diagnosis: Pediatric Feeding Disorder & How Fort Myers Feeding Therapy Can Help
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6M ago
Virtually all children go through some stage of “picky eating,” and it may be both temporary and harmless. However, when it persists and a child fails to grow and thrive alongside their peers, they may be diagnosed with pediatric feeding disorder – a new diagnosis that Fort Myers feeding therapy can help to treat. The condition was formally recognized last October, as explained by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Pediatric feeding disorder (PFD) is understood to involve impaired oral intake that is not age-appropriate, and is associated with medical, nutritional, feeding skill, or psychosoc ..read more
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