Find every therapy your child needs in one place.
At A Total Approach, we’ve assembled a group of dedicated professionals that include occupational therapists and speech language pathologists to help your child learn in his or her own unique way. We pride ourselves on taking a holistic yet individualized approach to treating attention, sensory, or learning disabilities, ultimately helping to improve the way your child processes information.
Programs and Therapies
A Total Approach strives to be on the cutting edge of occupational therapy. That’s why we always search for the most innovative programs that assist us in serving our families more effectively. Our therapists can help treat the following conditions:
- Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Developmental Delays
- Social-Emotional Challenges
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- ADD / ADHD
- Apraxia / Dyspraxia
- Down Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Emotional Delays
- Developmental Delays
- Attachment Disorders
- Mental Health Diagnoses
- Learning Disorders
- Executive Functioning Challenges
- Non-Verbal Learning Disorders
- Written expression
- Tomatis® Sound Therapy
- Reading Difficulties / Dyslexia
- Interactive Metronome
- Language Comprehension
- Speech Delays
- Apraxia of Speech
- Social Speech Pragmatics
Call 484-840-1561 (For free consultation over phone or to schedule evaluation)
My journey with you started many years back when I was a student pursuing my own career as an OT. I never knew how important meeting all of you would be. I got to see first hand the inner workings of the practice and I was blown away. Maude is the most caring and generous individual that I have met in this field. Her standards translate into the therapist she selects to work in her practice. She is constantly researching and learning about the mind and body and encourages her team to do the same. They are a team everyone seamlessly works together to help the client and the family.
When my oldest child at the age of 4 was identified as a child with sensory needs I was devastated. How was I going to help him? What I was doing alone was not enough. I remembered Maude and all the families she had helped and scheduled an appointment. The recommendations for my child included intensives and weekly sessions. I don’t know of any other practice that offers both. He did Tomatis intensives, DIR, IM and OT. He is now in 1st grade and doing amazingly well. His teachers do not believe that he ever had trouble sitting still, focusing and communicating. He is a bright confident student because of what we did at ATA. The best part, my son never knew it was therapy. He loves ATA and actually asks to go back to play there. I never wanted him to feel different or that there was something wrong with him. In my opinion his statements show how much the therapist care and how skilled they are in dealing with these delicate situations.
My youngest son had major issues with his speech and hearing. He essentially was not talking, saying single words and labeling but having a very hard time communicating. I kept pushing it off thinking he would come around. One of the senior clinicians informed me about the free screenings ATA was offering, to good to pass up and I could get some honest feedback. He started therapy that summer at age 3 (Tomatis and OT). I could cry talking about all the progress he has made. His speech blows me away, we now have conversations, he has a sense of humor, he tells me he wants to do it, I feel like I finally got to know my little boy. I had no idea of the things he was thinking and feeling because he couldn’t tell me. As a mother that felt terrible because I felt like I should know or I should find a way to figure him out. ATA helped me connect with my little boy in a way that we both desperately needed. They personalize every treatment plan as each of my children’s needs were different, it is NOT a one size fits all approach. He is so confident now, doing great with his peers at his preschool and asserting his independence at home. Just this week I was able to go grocery shopping alone with both boys. There were points in time where I didn’t dare do such a thing.
The last thing I wanted to touch on were the consult sessions with just the parents. They were so important, it felt like a collaborative effort in addressing the child’s needs. The post consult videos were a great way for me to share our child’s progress with my husband who travels for work. It opened up the conversation for us, as sometimes it can be difficult to talk about. ATA has changed my family’s life and well as the future of my children. My children now have the confidence and tools they need to be successful. As each day passes and they surprise me with the wonderful new things they are able to do, I know I made the right choice. ATA is the only choice for the entire family. Thank you Maude and the ATA team, I know we wouldn’t be where we are today without you.
Nichole & Tom (2012-2016)
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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