Love 2 Learn’s early intervention program is designed for children who have or are at risk for a developmental delay. Skills that are addressed include: Cognitive development; physical and motor development; communication development; social-emotional development; and adaptive behavior. Services take place in our Huntington Beach clinic, the family’s home, community and school.
“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
– Ignacio Estrada
L2L offers services in a variety of therapy formats by our Speech Language Pathologists and Speech Language Pathologist Assistants.
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST (SLP):
At L2L, our SLPs evaluate and diagnose speech and language disorders for individuals of all ages, from infants to adolescents. Intervention plans are developed for the individual learner in conjunction with information derived from investigating the behavioral patterns that are associated with the communicative delays.
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST ASSISTANT (SLPA):
At L2L, our SLPAs support our SLPs by providing therapeutic services to individuals of all ages as prescribed, directed, and supervised by the SLP.
An SLPA provides the following services: provides therapeutic intervention as prescribed by the SLP to address speech and language delays; documents client progress; and assists the SLP during assessment procedures as needed.
FORMATS OF THERAPY:
The L2L consultation is a 60-minute session conducted by our SLP, in collaboration with the parent and intervention team. Sessions include a review of the learner’s progress and current level of abilities as they are related to the behavior analysis goals. Our SLP provides each parent with a summary of goals, in addition to written and/or verbal recommendations to the behavior analysis team to facilitate speech and language growth. Caregivers receive education regarding typical and atypical communication development, as well as training on how to assist their child with language in the home environment.
DIRECT SPEECH THERAPY:
Direct services are individual 1:1 sessions conducted by an SLP or SLPA in the L2L clinic setting. Services are delivered using a child-directed or clinician-directed model, according to the learner’s needs and developmental abilities.
WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
Occupational Therapy “helps people across the lifespan do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities” (The American Occupational Therapy Association).
Today, OT’s use a variety of science-based treatment techniques to support children in developing a broad range of functional skills that promote independence. From the outside, therapy is designed to look like play, but within treatment, specialized equipment, developmentally appropriate toys, and research-based techniques are carefully chosen and strategically utilized to promote higher skill development.
Consider teaming up with OT when your child demonstrates any of the following:
Difficulties in imitation or following directions
Difficulties in staying calm and/or alert for activities
Consistent avoidance of play tasks or environments
Consistently becoming upset in new environments or situations
Consistently becoming overwhelmed by tasks or transitions that other kids seem to do easily
Difficulty with balance, movement, and/or coordination
Immature drawing skills or handwriting legibility
Difficulty learning to use food utensils
Trouble with manipulating small items and dressing fasteners
Low facial affect, high tolerance to pain, or minimal social engagement
Always choosing the same activities
Extreme difficulty in following familiar routines at home on a daily basis
Excessively short attention span for tasks
Consistent and excessive sensitivities to foods and/or wide variety of textures
A limited food repertoire
At Love 2 Learn, our Occupational Therapists provide comprehensive Occupational Therapy evaluations, treatment, and consultations to children and toddlers. They also support families with ongoing parent education and home strategies. Our team of professionals are highly skilled with advanced knowledge and/or certifications in a variety of specializations including early childhood development, Sensory Integration, feeding and eating development, Autism, and self-care skill development.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SERVICES AT LOVE 2 LEARN:
Skill areas that Occupational Therapy can address includes, but is not limited to:
Gross motor and postural strength
Fine motor and dexterity
Adaptive/Self-care (i.e. bathing, dressing, grooming)
Feeding and eating
Pre-writing and writing
Attention and self-regulation
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY EVALUATIONS:
Evaluations are used as an initial method to determine a child’s strengths and unique needs for therapy. Love 2 Learn’s Occupational Therapists use a variety of formal (standardized) and informal assessment tools to provide comprehensive Occupational Therapy evaluations for you and your child. This process allows a therapist to create an individualized profile that provides information about a child’s present level of independent skills and functioning within environmental situations. An Occupational Therapy evaluation also provides families (and funding sources) with information about a child’s current skills, their individual development needs, treatment needs, and measurable goals to address any areas of concern. Assessments are further used to develop individualized treatment plans that will drive each child’s therapy program to facilitate ongoing progress. Please below for information about regional center and insurance funding. Love 2 Learn provides a variety of different Occupational Therapy evaluations, including:
Developmental Assessment – assesses a toddler’s early developmental milestones along with motor and adaptive skills
Feeding Assessment – assesses a child’s oral motor, sensory processing, and attention skills related to consuming an age-appropriate diet
Self-Care and Sensory Processing Assessment
Fine Motor and Handwriting Assessment – assesses hand and visual-motor skills
Comprehensive – Assesses self-care, motor planning and coordination (fine and gross as needed), visual-motor skills, and sensory processing
Team Assessment – OT joins a team of professionals to assess a child for a global treatment program which may include OT services, speech and language services, and Behavior Analysis services.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TREATMENT:
Direct services are individual 1:1 sessions that are typically provided on a weekly basis at Love 2 Learn’s child-friendly clinic. Our Occupational Therapists collaborate with families to work towards meeting a child’s goals through an individualized treatment plan. Services are delivered using both child-directed and clinician-directed models as needed, according to the learner’s individual differences and developmental abilities. Please below for information about regional center and insurance funding.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY CONSULTATIONS:
The L2L Occupational Therapy consultation is a 60-minute session conducted by one of our certified and licensed Occupational Therapists (OTR/L), in collaboration with parents and intervention team. Sessions include a review of the learner’s progress and current level of abilities as they are related to the child’s behavior analysis goals. Our OTR/L provides each family with a summary related to the child’s goals with written and/or verbal recommendations to the family and Behavior Analysis team to facilitate growth in areas such as self-regulation, self-care skills, motor planning, and attention to tasks. Caregivers receive education regarding sensory processing and typical motor development, as well as training on how to assist their child in these areas. Please below for information about regional center and insurance funding.
FUNDING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY:
Love 2 Learn currently partners with a variety of funding options. If you have questions about your coverage, you may call our office for more information about the options that your child may qualify for within these funding sources.
Social Skills Group
The L2L Social Skills Group is designed to help your child build social skills and new friends through song, playground skills, pretend play & snack time. Through this fun filled program your child has the opportunity to work on individual goals that may include by are not limited to: eye contact with peers, orienting toward peers, following directions, engaging in motor imitations, greeting others, and developing relationships.
Groups often include typically developing peers as age-appropriate models. Our Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) provides immediate feedback to parents after each group so that target skills may be practiced throughout the week.
Interest Based Social Skills Groups
An opportunity to connect with others, acquire new skills, and belong to a group. Love 2 Learn is now offering 12-week
series of small group social skills in order for our
learners to increase their motivation and connect
with others over a shared interest. An intake will
be done for each learner to ensure they are a proper
fit for the group.
Activity choices include: Cooking, Film Making, DIY Art, Minecraft, Sports, and Legos.