Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy isn’t only about work. Our techniques and treatments use purposeful activities to overcome physical, mental and emotional delays in children and adults that can interfere with daily functions.

Our innovative programs include:

Sensory integration

Modified play therapy

Listening therapy

Neurological development training

Activities of daily living adaptations

Upper extremity function

Positioning, seating, assistive technology instruction

Attention and behavior modulation therapy

Customized splinting

Aquatic Therapy

We work with many children who suffer from ADD, ADHD and autism. Our results have been excellent.

Physical Therapy

Our goal is to work closely with your referring doctor to develop a specific individualized program aimed at helping you reach maximum movement and daily function. We have had outstanding success in:

Vestibular rehabilitation

Orthopedic (muscle, bone, joint, tendon)

Neurological disorders

Pain management

Gait training

Functional testing

Therapeutic exercise and plyometrics

Sports injuries (school athletes, weekend warriors)

Aquatic Therapy

We also provide a number of other specialized treatments and innovative physical therapy techniques including for common problems such as back and neck pain, shoulder and knee problems and arthritis. In fact, no matter what kind of physical therapy you need, you are apt to find it here.

Speech Therapy

Our special training and innovative techniques give us a definite edge in the treatment of speech and language pathologies. Our staff of speech pathologists have over 45 years combined experience. They’ve been trained in the latest therapy techniques including PROMPT (touch therapy), MORE, NDT, Sensory Integration and Beckman Oral-Motor Theory. We treat:

Aphasia

Apraxia

Cleft palate

Dysarthria

Dysphagia

Language disorders

Language of confusion

Language of generalized intellectual impairment

Delayed language development

Articulation & Phonological disorders

Hearing impairment

Cognitive linguistic disorders

Swallowing & feeding disorders

Stuttering

Traumatic brain injury

Voice disorders

Laryngectomy

Assistive communication technology

Oral motor

VitalStim

Our speech pathologists are accustomed to caring for patients in all age groups, from the youngest children to the oldest adults.

TheraSuit™ Therapy

APTUS is one of a hundred clinics in the United States to offer TheraSuit™ Therapy. This European approach to therapy offers innovative techniques. Intensive TheraSuit Therapy for patients can have results and improvements that are achieved in less time than traditional therapy.

What is a TheraSuit™?

In 2002, physical therapists and parents of a disabled child, (Richard and Izabela Koscielny) designed the Therasuit™. The TheraSuit™ is an actual suit consisting of a cap, vest, shorts, knee pads and shoe attachments. All of these elements of the suit are connected by a group of elastic bands producing priopriocetion form the joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, joint capsules and so on. The TheraSuit™ worn over a prolonged period of time will correct proprioception and accelerate the progress.

Indications:

Cerebral Palsy

Developmental Delays

Traumatic Brain Injury

Athetosis

Spasticity (Increased muscle tone)

Hypotonia (Low muscle tone)

TheraSuit™ Therapy Benefits:

Re-trains central nervous system

Restores ontogenic development

Provides external stabilization

Normalizes muscle tone

Aligns the body to as close to normal as possible

Provides dynamic correction

Normalizes (corrects) gait pattern

Provides tactile stimulation

Influences the vestibular system

Improves balance

Improves coordination

Decreases uncontrolled movements in ataxia and athetosis

Improves body and spatial awareness

Supports weak muscles

Provides resistance to strong muscles to further enhance strengthening

Improves speech production and its fluency through head control and trunk support

Promotes development of both fine and gross motor skills

Improves bone density

Helps to decrease contractors

Helps improve hip alignment through vertical loading over the hip joint

TheraSuit™ Contraindications:

Hip subluxation greater than 50%

Severe scoliosis

TheraSuit™ Precautions:

Heart conditions

Uncontrolled seizure activities

Hip subluxation

Hydrocephalus (VP Shunt)

Diabetes

Kidney problems

High blood pressure

Universal Exercise Unit

The Universal Exercise Unit is a system of pulleys, straps and splints that are utilized to perform a variety of exercises. The unique grid-like cage along with the pulleys, straps and splints helps to improve strength, active range of motion, and muscle flexibility. With this system a therapist can isolate any muscle group and target it. In this situation the muscle tone (usually increased) does not influence the movement. This allows muscle groups to counteract the spastic muscle. The effects of this type of exercise are reflected in functional gains. Quality of gait, balance and coordination of movements increases rapidly.

Indications:

Pediatric patients

Post-trauma

Central Nervous System disorders

Cerebral Palsy

Traumatic Brain Injury

Geriatric population

Rheumatoid arthritis

Sports injuries

Orthopedic patients

Vestibular disorders

Sensory Integration Disturbances

Burns

Fractures-early stages in rehabilitation

Down Syndrome

Spina Bifida

Developmental delays

Goals of exercises:

To counteract (prevent) muscle atrophies

To increase muscle strength

To increase active and passive range of motion

To improve muscle flexibility

To prevent joint contractures

Benefits:

Increase strength

Increase range of motion (active and passive range of motion)

Isolate desired (weakened) muscle or muscle groups and strengthen them to enable function

Eliminate gravitational forces acting on the body to facilitate weak muscle groups and active movement

Obtain measurable gains in muscle strength and flexibility

Improve balance

Improve coordination

Focus on a particular functional skill

Promote developmental milestones

Facilitate upright position in any position

Partial or full weight bearing

Very early postoperative rehabilitation

Promotes motor learning and motor planning

Provides a variety of sensory-integration techniques

Helps one to also develop a sense of security and success

“Load” or “unload” the exercised joints (joint distraction or compression)

Promotes independence and overall improved physical image-”self confidence”

Occupational Therapy


Physical Therapy


Speech Therapy


Therasuit Therapy


Universal Excercise Unit


Listed below are only a few of the conditions that we treat:

Language disorders

Hearing impairments

Swallowing and feeding disorders

Feeding aversions

Cognitive linguistic disorders

Vestibular rehabilitation (primarily for vertigo)

Orthopedic injuries (muscle, bone, joint or tendon)

Neurological disorders

Pain

Obesity in children

Sports injuries

Sensory integration disorders

ADHD

Developmental delays

Autism

Cerebral Palsy

Stroke

Traumatic Brain Injury

Spinabifida

As a service to parents and educators APTUS is available to host free in-services to provide useful information and education concerning deficits in children. To schedule an in-service for your staff or parent body please contact Brenda at 956-343-4706.