Physical therapy focuses on a child’s ability to participate in daily activities and routines in their home, at school, and in the community, by addressing physical challenges. Our physical therapy services address gross motor development and coordination, environmental exploration, orthopedic and neurological development, self-help strategies, and sensory function. Physical therapists administer evaluations, plan and implement treatment strategies and developmentally appropriate activities, identify appropriate assistive devices and medical equipment, and create solutions for barriers that limit interaction with their environment and peers in family-, learning-, and community-based activities. For more information regarding physical therapy, please visit the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) website www.apta.org. APTA is the professional organization for physical therapists.
The ultimate goal of an Occupational Therapist is to increase independence in Activities of Daily Living (ADL). In doing this, an Occupational Therapist addresses a broad number of challenges, including the following: social-emotional, physical, cognitive, communication, and adaptive behavior challenges. Pediatric occupational therapy services, more specifically, focus on feeding skills, perceptual and sensory processing, fine motor development, environmental exploration, play skills, and psychosocial skills. These therapists perform evaluations, plan and implement treatment strategies and developmentally appropriate activities, decrease environmental barriers that limit participation in family, learning, and community based activities, and identify appropriate assistive technology. For further information regarding occupational therapy, please visit the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) website www.aota.org. AOTA is the professional organization for occupational therapists.
Pediatric speech and language therapy focuses on your child’s communication skills by addressing speech, language, and play and interaction development. Our speech and language therapy services focus on articulation and phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language problems, auditory processing and neurological disorders, oral-motor deficits, cognitive skills (such as problem solving and reasoning), social skills, and behavior management. Our speech-language pathologists perform evaluations, plan and implement treatment strategies that may focus on oral-motor skills, stuttering, tongue thrust, eating and swallowing skills, and identify appropriate augmentative communication. For further information regarding speech and language therapy, please visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) website www.asha.org. ASHA is the professional organization for speech and language pathologists.
The ADOS-2 is a semi-structured, standardized assessment of communication, social interaction, play/imaginative use of materials, and restricted and repetitive behaviors for individuals who have been referred because of possible Autism spectrum disorders. It contains five assessment modules which offer standard activities designed to elicit behaviors that are directly relevant to the diagnosis of ASD at different developmental delay.
The test renders and ADOS-2 Classification of either Autism or Autism Spectrum as related to meeting or exceeding an overall cutoff score chosen to maximize differentiation between diagnostic groups. It also renders a Comparison Score which is designed to indicate the level of autism spectrum-related symptomology observed during the ADOS-2 testing.
At Dynamic Therapy Center, the testing is administered by two nationally certified speech-language pathologists who have received significant training through Western Psychological Services on administration and scoring of the test and have passed the certification to administer it reliably.
Although the ADOS-2 is considered the “gold standard” for ASD assessment, it is important to know that it is just one source of information. We offer the ADOS-2 as part of a comprehensive evaluation that considers a person’s developmental history, information provided by parents and other key informants, behavioral observations both during and outside of the ADOS-2 administration, and the judgement of experienced clinicians.