Our therapy team employs a diverse range of therapeutic intervention tools to help your child attain their goals. Operating within a developmental therapy model, our approach emphasizes educating and empowering families, fostering collaborative support throughout your child's therapy journey.
Hope Kids OT incorporates Sensory Integration Theory & Practice as a foundational treatment approach. When children struggle to integrate or process sensory information, it often manifests in functional challenges. These challenges may manifest as attention difficulties, issues with self regulation and behavior, difficulties in motor planning and coordination, as well as heightened or decreased reactivity to sensory stimuli.
Our therapeutic tools are comprehensive and covers a wide range of areas, including but not limited to:
- Ayres Sensory Integration®
- The Traffic Jam in my Brain®
- Primitive Reflexes & Integration
- Interoception for the non speaking client
- The Links Between Interoception, the Language of Emotion, and Human Connections
- The Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive Technique® (DPPT) & Oral Tactile Technique ® (OTT)
- Therapeutic Listening® - Sound based intervention
- M.O.R.E: Integrating the mouth with sensory & postural functions program®
- Astronaut Training:A Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol®
- S.O.S. Approach to Feeding®
- How Does Your Engine Run? The Alert Program®
- Advance training on clinical assessment and interventions for Praxis challenges
- Using Gravity to Facilitate Sensory Motor Development in Infants & Children
At Hope Kids OT, we utilize DIR Floortime® - a comprehensive, evidence-based, strength based therapy approach, for guiding intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental challenges.
- DIR stands for Developmental, Individual-differences, & Relationship-based model.
- The objectives of the DIR Floortime® are to build healthy foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual capacities rather than focusing exclusively on skills and isolated behaviours. We use play as a framework for interaction to harness your child’s abilities and tailor your relationship to their nervous system.
- Floortime can happen anytime and anywhere using strategies that presume a child’s competence. Floortime is about following a child’s intention, respecting their individual differences and their ideas.
Neurodiversity Affirming Practice
Neurodiversity describes the idea that people experience and interact with the world around them in many different ways; there is no one "right" way of thinking, learning, and behaving, and differences are not viewed as deficits.
The word neurodiversity refers to the diversity of all people, but it is often used in the context of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as well as other neurological or developmental conditions such as ADHD or learning disabilities.
At Hope Kids OT, we are proud to embrace neurodiversity-affirming practice, where:
- We recognize that each child's development is holistic, encompassing individual strengths, interests, differences, and specific areas of need.
- We acknowledge that neurodivergence is not merely a collection of symptoms, but rather a valid lived identity for a child that should be celebrated and supported.
- We believe in a strengths and rights-oriented approach toward developmental differences, aiming to offer support and adaptations that validate the child's neurodivergent identity. Our focus is on affirming their uniqueness rather than attempting to cure or change their neurotype.
- We endeavour to assist neurodivergent individuals to participate socially in ways that are comfortable without promoting masking as a learned skill. Our therapeutic approach involves cultivating self-advocacy and fostering self-acceptance through skill development.
- We embrace all types of communication methods, including a broader use of augmentative and alternative communication approaches