Members of the Arizona Cooperative Therapies offer occupational, physical, speech-language therapies and special instruction services that enhance children’s individual capabilities and foster their independence.
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Developmental Special Instruction
- Service Coordination
Pediatric occupational therapy (OT) services focus on enabling your child functional independence with childhood “occupations”. Childhood “occupations” generally include play, self feeding and dressing, problem solving, and motor skill development.
Member agencies provide evaluation, treatment, and consultation in the following areas:
Oral Motor Skills
Self Help Skills
Visual Motor Development
Physical Therapy (PT) Services address the promotion of sensorimotor function through enhancement of musculoskeletal status, neurobehavioral organization, perceptual and motor development, cardiopulmonary status, and effective environmental adaptation.
Pediatric physical therapy services focus on enhancing mobility for participation in the home and community. Physical therapists address developmental milestones such as rolling, sitting, crawling, walking and running. Physical therapists also work with children who rely on mobility aids such as wheelchairs, crutches, or orthotics to enhance navigation skills.
Member agencies provide evaluation, treatment, and consultation in the following areas: screening, evaluation, and assessment of infants and toddlers to identify movement dysfunction. Obtaining, interpreting, and integrating information appropriate to program planning to prevent, alleviate, or compensate for movement dysfunction and related functional problems, including:
Muscle tone and strength
Acquisition of motor skills
Mobility aid training
A Speech-Language Pathologist (ST) is a professional committed to the research, prevention, evaluation, treatment and counseling of communication disorders. These disorders may include congenital, developmental, and acquired disorders of speech, voice, resonance, fluency, phonology, swallowing, language, and cognitive-communication.
Working with the full range of human communication and its disorders, speech-language pathologists: evaluate and diagnose speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders.Treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly.
Pediatric speech therapy services focus on enabling a child to be an effective communicator and independent language learner. Member agencies provide evaluation, treatment, and consultation in the following areas:
Articulation (Sound Production)
Oral Motor Skills
Developmental Special Instruction
Developmental Special Instruction (DSI) services are available for children in your home, however, services may also be provided in other natural settings such as community playgrounds, child care facilities, and places that are relevant to the individual child and family needs. Location is based on the outcomes to be achieved, purpose of the services, resources available to the practitioner, needs of the family, and developmental stage of the child.
Member agencies provide treatment, and consultation in the following areas:
The design of learning environments and activities that promote the child’s acquisition of skills in a variety of developmental areas, including cognitive processes and social interaction.
Curriculum planning including the planned interaction of personnel, materials, and time and space that leads to achieving the Outcomes in the child’s IFSP.
Providing families with information, skills, and support related to enhancing the skill development of the child.
Working with the child to enhance the child’s development.