A Total Approach is a group of dedicated professionals that include occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and a physical therapist. We work with each client in a holistic manner, believing that each client has the ability to learn in his/her own unique way. We continuously search for new programs to assist us in serving our families more effectively.
- Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Developmental Delays
- Social Emotional Challenges
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Down Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Emotional Delays
- Developmental Delays
- Attachment Disorders
- Mental Health Diagnoses
- Learning Disorders
- Executive Functioning Challenges
- Non Verbal Learning Disorders
- Tomatis® Sound Therapy
- Reading Difficulties / Dyslexia
- Interactive Metronome
A Total Approach has been part of our family's journey to help Max for over four years. Max, now six years old, has autism, apraxia, hypotonia, nocturnal epilepsy, and severe motor planning deficits. A Total Approach has always enthusiastically encouraged and supported us, although Max was, at times, slow to progress, and many other professionals weren't sure how to help. The therapists at A Total Approach are the best we have seen, and they have dedicated themselves to constantly updating Max's program to meet his changing needs. They also will share new ideas based on the latest research to assist him in achieving his goals. These ideas, based on the Individual Difference Relationship Based Approach to therapy as well as intensive Occupational, Physical, and Speech therapies, include Therapeutic Listening, Tomatis, pressure vests, brushing programs, and a whistle blowing protocol to help with sound production. They have coached us as parents, consulted with his teachers, and attended countless team meetings, all with Max's needs being their focus. There aren't words to describe how important Maude Le Roux, Angela Johnson, Mary Beth Crawford, Ayesha Ganges, Janice Buckwalter, Teresa Scully and the entire A Total Approach team have been to our family. They truly have gone above and beyond for us and remain a crucial part of Max's treatment plan.
Ken, Corinda, Drew, Max and Emily Crowther (July 2006)
The reason Maude picked the name A Total Approach is because that is what the practice represents. All aspects of the child's development are addressed in one place under the caring supervision of a trained professional, generally several professionals. A Total Approach means that the whole child is tended and nurtured and monitored, not just his therapy issues, but his emotional, developmental and life issues.
It may not be really obvious, but A Total Approach is completely unique. This one stop shop for the total special needs child doesn't exist anywhere else that I know of. Most therapists do only one aspect of therapy. They refer you to other professionals if they suspect there is some other issue, but often they are unfamiliar with other therapy issues and techniques. If you do take on a new therapy, it's up to you to learn all about it and educate all the other people working with your child. It's up to you to be the case manager, ready or not.
At ATA, I'm no longer alone. I no longer have to figure everything out for myself. I have open, willing collaborators who are always available to help me keep my son's treatment program at an optimum place. I'm not qualified to be a professional case manager. I don't always know what to do next. In the past, I have guessed the best I can. I often have worried: Am I overloading my child? Am I not doing enough? Am I not doing the right things? Am I missing something? Am I being too much of a case manager and not enough of a parent?
At ATA, I get the professional guidance I need and I don't have to guess about special needs issues that are over my head or whether he's being hit with too much. I don't have to run around to multiple professionals by myself and get lots of different advice and evaluations and guess at what he needs, signing my child up for whatever programs I think make sense or try to make sure that all his therapies are not pulling him in too many directions. Now I don't worry that I'm neglecting his needs or that I'm being an alarmist either. I don't worry that I'm overloading him. At ATA, I get a sense of all his needs and I feel secure that we'll stage all his therapies into the timeline that's right for him without overwhelming him and yet still keeping him on track. I also know that my son is being constantly evaluated and monitored so that I don't miss anything important. I feel secure that the most cutting edge therapies are there when my son needs them. And if needed, they will be incorporated into a comprehensive strategy that's right for him.
I used to try to pull all his programs and therapies together myself and communicate everything in my own amateur terms to my son's school and to other professionals. I'm stronger now and better informed. ATA is always there to clarify his ever changing issues clearly and professionally and to advocate for us with other professionals if we need it. They also explain it to me and keep me on track and focused.
I'm very pleased and constantly encouraged by the way I am always included in the process. I am updated at every therapy visit so that I can alert someone of new discoveries or issues or achievements. It also helps me so that I know what issues to focus on at home and how to pick mainstream activities that will advance his therapy goals.
What do I get personally, once a week? I get the information I need. I watch my son have fun and stay motivated and encouraged by his steady progress. I stay encouraged myself. I advocate for my son better with teachers and family and friends. I'm able to clarify for myself and others what kind of accommodations will make sense for the short term. I'm able to stay patient and coach him better at home. I'm able to keep the people around my son encouraged and focused. I also get reminded weekly that fun and a positive attitude is a great way to go!
Over and over I hear from teachers and other professionals that they are astounded at the amount of progress my son has made. I've heard this phrase very often: "I've never had a child (in my class, in my practice) who has made so much progress in such a short time." My son has learned to advocate better for himself, is encouraged and motivated and sets his own goals.
That's because his Approach is Total; it's professional, cutting-edge, coordinated and positive. He can feel the caring and the encouragement and he is thriving on it!
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