My son Joshua was born prematurely at 26 ½ weeks and underwent extensive treatment which lead him to remain in the hospital for 95 days.  He was diagnosed with spastic Cerebral Palsy and global developmental delay, which affected his fine/gross motor, speech, balance and cognitive skills.

From birth to age three, he received early intervention services which helped him significantly.  After he aged out of these services and became a full-time student in a special needs school setting, but was not walking independently, had limited verbal skills and poor body awareness, balance, and coordination for his age. He was enrolled in private programs for Physical & Speech services.

I found one of the best PTs--(Kerry Walsh) that one could ever ask for.  Kerry worked with Joshua for only 3 months and he became an independent walker!  With all of her expertise, knowledge, and "out of the box thinking" she applied her unique skills to her sessions with my son and he became confident. He let go of objects he held on to for stability and began to walk independently.  I am ever so grateful for the support and reinforced home skills that Kerry has introduced me to. 

I am very blessed and proud to say… Joshua is now 7 years old, walking independently with less balance issues, able to verbally speak a few words, use basic sign language and follow simple commands…all due to the therapy services rendered.  Although it’s been an emotional experience during these sessions, the end results are rewarding, a great & wonderful blessing—we could not have progressed without these special services.



Frequently Asked Questions

What is "Sensory Processing Disorder"? 
Sensory processing occurs when the nervous system adequately takes in and organizes messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. Every activity that we participate in each day requires adequate sensory  processing in order to be successfully completed. Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a condition that exists when sensory signals don't get organized into appropriate responses and it becomes difficult to process information received through the senses, creating challenges in performing daily tasks. 

A child with Sensory Processing Disorder may find it difficult to: 

They may also be:

How is SPD treated?
Occupational therapy for children with sensory processing disorder is all about FUN! Our sessions take place in a sensory rich environment, utilizing a variety of equipment and activities to provide the "just right" intensity of input to meet your child's individual sensory needs. Your child will swing, climb, explore and play their way to improved sensory processing! 

My child has handwriting/ fine motor difficulties that have not improved despite endless practice. How can OT help? 
Fine motor and handwriting performance is dependent on many factors for success. Overall muscle strength, coordination, posture and visual skills are the foundation from which to build handwriting and fine motor skills upon. Our therapists look beyond "pencil and paper performance" to assess each body system and determine exactly where the breakdown in skill acquisition lies. We pay special attention to visual motor/perceptual skills and ocular motor control.  These are a key, yet often overlooked component of fine motor skills.  Based on this assessment, an individualized treatment plan will be developed to address your child's specific needs. 

What is Torticollis?
Congenital muscular torticollis or “wry neck” is a condition in which the sternocleidomastoid muscle  (SCM) is shortened on one side of a baby’s neck.  It is most often caused by the baby’s position in the womb.  Due to the action of the SCM , the baby usually presents with the head tilting towards one side and turning towards the opposite side, as if they are gazing up at the sky.   Torticollis is often times accompanied by some flattening of the head, or plagiocephaly.   Physical therapy treatment of torticollis is critically important for the child’s development…and the earlier that treatment is initiated, the better.  If torticollis is left untreated, it can affect a child’s motor development, visual skills, oral motor and feeding skills and facial symmetry.  In severe cases, a child may require the use of devices such as a TOT collar or a cranial orthosis (helmet).  Very rarely surgical intervention is required, however most children respond very well with physical therapy intervention.

How long will my baby need treatment?
That depends on the severity of the torticollis as well as how soon the child was referred.  Most children with torticollis are seen once or twice a week until they can sit and crawl independently.  At this point the frequency is often reduced to every other week or monthly until the child is walking.  We utilize a variety of manual treatment techniques, positioning and strengthening activities to maximize your child’s progress.  In addition, we work with you to provide a comprehensive home program for carryover so as to further reduce the time it takes to resolve your child’s torticollis.