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Whether you or your child needs OT, SLP, Psych or a combination of all three, The Morris Center offers all services to help treat and prevent learning disabilities. Research has proven that a transdisciplinary, intensive approach to treatment is the most effective, and our staff strives to stay up-to-date with the most current research and methods.
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Key treatment features are based on neuroscience and behavioral treatment research findings
- Intensity (# of hours per day)
- Frequency (# of days per week)
- Specificity (clarity of treatment program)
- Ongoing data collection of program effects for program self-evaluation
- Selective post-treatment assessment with standardized tests to document treatment gains
- Psychiatry – Medication management or psychotherapy
- Psychology/Neuropsychology – psychotherapy or executive function coaching
- Occupational Therapy – Sensory Integration-Focused Treatment
- Speech-Language Pathology – Articulation, Language, Reading and Spelling, Writing
- Teacher – Academic Tutoring and Transition back to School Placement
The Morris Center’s treatment model differs from other learning and language disability intervention programs. Our staff is trained to treat the root of learning disabilities and not just the symptoms. Upon completion of our program, each individual will have acquired the necessary skills to achieve success both in the classroom and in life. We are convenient and convenient – one location to avoid driving to different therapists in different locations. We treat the whole child across multiple disciplines.
Short-term intensive treatments typically last 12 weeks (plus or minus 4), daily (Monday through Friday), intensely (1-6 hours a day) depending on the individual’s needs (ADHD interventions need more in school and after school support). No homework is typically involved. However, school-aged clients typically keep up with their math instruction via a home school or tutoring model. School-based instruction in social studies, science, and language arts (including reading and spelling) are placed on hold during our unique treatment program.
For elementary or middle school children, absences are allowed from public school by enrolling your child in a home school program, typically for children up to the 8th grade. For our international clients, we set up treatment programs that match your availability. High school and college students typically participate in treatment during the summer. Full-time employed adults can set up a flexible treatment schedule. Retired adults, who missed out on part of their educational experience or never reached their true learning or language potentials, can be treated anytime during the calendar year based on our flexible staff availability. Plus, financial aid is available for select families.
Targets improving foundational language skills that may cause the learning difficulty, e.g. phonological processing/decoding, the current areas of specialization are:
OT provides specific instructive therapy that can assist clients in overcoming sensory processing difficulties, these occur in approximately 50% of the clients and may be one or a combination of the following:
- Oral-motor and motor planning difficulty
- Fine and gross motor delays
- Visual perceptual delays
- Somatosensory deficits (lack of body awareness)
- Sensory hypersensitivity
OT works to improve overall strength, balance and coordination. Attention is also given to handwriting, oral control and ocular motor skills. This type of intervention helps build self-esteem and self-confidence.
Medical and Psychological Treatment
Our team of professionals will collaborate on and provide options for interventions which may or may not include medication for behavioral management of attention, mood or behavior disorders.
Each therapy hour the client’s attention is monitored and reported. Non-pharmacological measures designed to maximize attention and arousal are integrated into all language and OT sessions. In cases where these do not suffice, medication may be recommended.
Following treatment, clients are recommended to attend to TU 2 to 4 times per week for approximately 2 to 10 weeks, with the following objectives:
- To generalize the client’s newly acquired language, sensory processing, attention and behavioral skills to his/her schoolwork
- To establish optimal working behavior and organizational skills
- To help clients become independent and self-confident in the use of their improved skills
Parent Education and Participation
Opportunity to meet with the psychologist once per week for the duration of the treatment program for the following purposes:
- Awareness of the treatment the child is receiving
- Progress updates
- Gain knowledge and tools to support your child and enhance the treatment at home
- Allows you to voice your concerns and questions and receive feedback
- Learn behavior management techniques