Therapy Services

Therapy Services

Academy at the Beach is proud to offer a multi-therapeutic academic environment, providing a variety of services and programs for your child.

Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a science in which procedures are systematically applied to improve socially significant behavior to a meaningful degree. An ABA program is a systematic teaching approach that involves breaking skills down into small, easy-to-learn steps. Praise or other rewards are used to motivate the child, and progress is continuously measured so the teaching program can be adjusted as needed. ABA is widely recognized as the single most effective treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder and the only treatment shown to lead to substantial, lasting improvements in the lives of individuals with autism. ABA-based treatment strategies maximize the learning potential of persons with ASD, and are flexible, individualized and dynamic.

How ABA Works:

  • Skills are broken down into a series of manageable steps that are easier to learn
  • Students are provided multiple opportunities to practice and perfect each step of the skill
  • Success is rewarded with positive reinforcement, maintaining high motivation for improvement
  • Goals are targeted to meet the needs of the individual learner
  • Teachers track progress through systematic collection and evaluation of data
  • Skills are taught with an eye toward their use and integration into a learner’s daily life


Speech-Language Therapy (ST)

A speech disorder refers to a problem with the actual production of sounds, whereas a language disorder refers to a difficulty understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas.

Speech disorders include:

  • Articulation disorders
  • Fluency disorders
  • Resonance or voice disorders
  • Dysphagia/oral feeding disorders

Remediation

In speech-language therapy, an SLP will work with a child one-on-one, in a small group, or directly in a classroom to overcome difficulties involved with a specific disorder.

Therapists use a variety of strategies, including:

  • Language intervention activities: The SLP will interact with a child by playing and talking, using pictures, books, objects, or ongoing events to stimulate language development. The therapist may also model correct pronunciation and use repetition exercises to build speech and language skills.
  • Articulation therapy: Articulation, or sound production, exercises involve having the therapist model correct sounds and syllables for a child, often during play activities. The level of play is age-appropriate and related to the child’s specific needs. The SLP will physically show the child how to make certain sounds, such as the “r” sound, and may demonstrate how to move the tongue to produce specific sounds.
  • Oral-motor/feeding and swallowing therapy: The SLP will use a variety of oral exercises — including facial massage and various tongue, lip, and jaw exercises — to strengthen the muscles of the mouth. The SLP also may work with different food textures and temperatures to increase a child’s oral awareness during eating and swallowing.


Occupational Therapy (OT)

Occupational therapy is available to help students gain independence and to promote development of fine motor skills, sensory motor skills, and visual motor skills needed to function and socialize in home, school, play, and community environments. Our occupational therapists evaluate and treat children from birth to 21 years of age with a variety of diagnoses.

Treatment areas of occupational therapy:

  • Self-care skills including feeding, dressing, and grooming 
  • Hand strengthening and coordination skills 
  • Sensory-motor processing and integration
  • Upper extremity (shoulder, arm and hand) splinting & serial casting
  • Recommendation, training, and use of adaptive equipment
  • Neurodevelopmental treatment
  • Visual motor and handwriting skills


Physical Therapy (PT)

Physical therapy uses a variety of treatments to help students build strength, improve movement, and strengthen skills needed to complete daily activities.

Our physical therapists might guide kids through:

  • developmental activities, such as crawling and walking
  • balance and coordination activities
  • adaptive play
  • aquatic (water) therapy
  • training to build strength around an injury
  • flexibility exercises to increase range of motion
  • instruction on how to avoid injuries 
  • safety and prevention programs