For over 15 years, ACG Therapy Center has worked to provide high quality speech and occupational therapy services in Gainesville, FL. Our therapists and staff are dedicated to helping children through one-on-one care and patient support. At the core of our programs is a desire to help all clients successfully communicate and participate in daily life activities. We strive to create a fun, warm, welcoming, and supportive environment for patients and their families.
We are proud to offer the following services:
Through occupational therapy children develop the skills necessary to gain independence and execute activities appropriate for their age. Occupational therapists work with children to develop neurological, visual and sensory motor skills, and to assist them in their day-to-day functions. This is done through carefully designed methodologies and activities that resemble “playing” and are easy for the child to engage in.
Conditions that can benefit from Occupational Therapy include:
Low birth weight / Premature birth
Neurological and neuromuscular disorders
Applied Behavioural Analysis
In addition, if any of these statements are true, your child could benefit from OT:
Unable to concentrate
Poor handwriting or hand dexterity
Difficulty in sitting, walking, crawling, playing, dressing, and eating
Poor play skills, limited tolerance for frustration
In addition, poor sensory processing skills can impact the child’s ability to reach others. These are some examples:
Taste/Smell: extreme reaction to strong odors, picky eater
Movement: fearful of movement, or “always on the go”. Spins/rocks self in place.
Sense of position, direction, motion: rough mannerisms, clumsy, decrease sense of danger
Visual system: difficulty reading or writing, increased sensitivity to light, avoids eye contact
Hearing system: difficulty listening or following directions, oblivious to noises, frightened by loud noises
Our programs addressing these conditions incorporate sensory integration techniques and cognitive approaches. As a result, children develop self-calming, self-awareness, improved focus and attention, and speech and motor skills.
Speech language therapy focuses on language and oral motor development. It is critical to evaluate and identify as soon as possible infants and toddlers whose development is compromised and require early intervention.
If any of these are true, your child could benefit from Speech Therapy:
By age 2 is not talking at all
After age 3, speech is difficult to understand
At 7 years old and older, consistently says any speech sound incorrectly
When speaking, does not know what to say when, to whom and how much
Reading/Writing is below grade/level expectation
Embarrassed to speak, or unable to due to a medical condition (brain injury, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy)
Has difficulties listening and following directions, understanding humor, or holding their own in a conversation
Has aversions to eating, or eats a limited amount/variety of foods, is unable to eat or chew foods others their age can, coughs or chokes while eating or drinking.
Children who experience auditory process disorders will often require speech therapy. Some possible signs:
Misunderstands what is said in class
Has trouble with reading, spelling, or phonics
Has difficulty keeping up with conversations in a group
Does not like to join conversations
Daydreams at class, or acts out
Finds it difficult to understand more abstract language, idioms
Our Master’s level speech language pathologists are trained in the most effective evidence-based approaches and methodologies. These include Reading and Spelling Systems, Earobics, Language Therapy, PROMPT, SOS Feeding System, Floortime, and evidence based methodologies for Stuttering and Voice.
We are able to provide treatment in the following areas:
We also have Masters level therapists whose expertise includes extensive training and experience on evidence-based methodologies to treat adults. As with our pediatric patients, our adult clinic focuses on personalized sessions that patients enjoy.