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Empowering Confidence and Independence Through Therapy

Abilities United specializes in providing high quality therapy services and support to children and families. The staff is a trans-disciplinary team of experienced therapists and Developmental Specialists who provide services for language, cognition, social, motor, sensory and feeding. Our therapists create an individualized service to nurture the relationships vital to your child’s lifelong development.

The Therapy Clinic serves children up to 9 years old who need support in:

  • Sensory processing/integration
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Attention and focus needs
  • Want or need more social experiences
  • Speech and language development
  • Gross motor skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Behavior
Speech and Language Therapy

Individual speech-language therapy is provided by a licensed speech-language pathologist. Speech-language therapy involves activities to facilitate speech and language development. These activities may focus on pre-verbal requisite skills such as paying attention, understanding cause-effect, imitation, turn-taking, and exploring and showing interest in the environment. Since feeding problems are often predictive of later oral speech difficulties, feeding and oral-motor activities are often a big part of a child’s speech and language therapy program.

We offer services in the following areas:

  • Articulation
  • Language and communication disorders
  • Apraxia
  • Social pragmatic language disorders
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Stuttering
  • Feeding/swallowing development

Speech and Language Evaluations
Abilities United offers comprehensive speech and language assessments, which measure your child’s overall skills in speech, language and communication and help you set goals and establish treatment plans. We also offer area-specific speech assessment, which focuses on a particular part of speech development such as articulation or oral motor skills.

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) is provided by a licensed therapist when delay or difficulties with fine motor skills or sensory integration issues emerge. Therapy is accomplished through the use of purposeful activity. Specific techniques for treatment may also include adaptations such as changing the position of your child’s body or the work/play surface; direct sensory stimulation; or breaking tasks down into step-by-step progression of skill development.

We offer services in the following areas:

  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Feeding and/or oral-motor development
  • Attention and Regulation

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Physical Therapy

Physical therapy (PT) is provided by a licensed physical therapist experienced in pediatrics to address gross motor delays, orthopedic and postural alignment, problems with balance and coordination, and sensory integration.

Gross motor skills are those that require the larger muscles of the body to hold postures, as well as move the body about in space. The physical therapist can work hands on to: facilitate stability of the body, movement, and new motor patterns; help keep joints moving freely and aligned in their best position; help with proper positioning; determine motor activities for home or in the classroom; and help in assessing the need for special equipment or splints.

We offer services in the following areas:

  • Pediatric NDT (Neurodevelopmental Treatment)
  • Foot/ankle issues
  • Orthotic evaluations
  • Developmental, neurologic and orthopedic issues
  • Sensory integration

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Behavioral and Developmental Services

Behavioral and Developmental Services address challenges a child and/or family face as the child grow. Like many children, your child may experience difficult behaviors that affect his or her performance at school, home, or other environments. Generally these behaviors are typical developmental phases that your child will outgrow, but at other times the behavior may seem more complex, or present you with challenges that you have trouble solving without support. Our experienced and professionally trained educators are available to work with you and your child at your home or school (or other locations) to observe situations where unusual or difficult behaviors may be seen. We will work with you to put together a plan to address the concern.

We offer services in the following areas:

  • Behavioral support
  • Parent coaching
  • Sleep consultations
  • Potty Training
  • Preschool/site observations
  • Infant massage

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Social Skills

The Social Skills Development Group is designed for ages 3-9 years, to build positive social interactions with their peers. We use non-competitive games and cooperative activities to develop social, communication, problem solving, negotiation, emotional regulation, identification, and play skills.

Our developmental specialists and therapists are part of an experienced, transdisciplinary team who provide evidence-based language, cognition, social, motor and self-help services in a natural and supportive setting for children and their families.

Our goal is to give the children the tools they need to make them feel comfortable in all social environments and to celebrate their uniqueness, and to build from their strengths and challenges. Staff are trained to help children overcome social anxiety by initiating proper peer interaction as well as various forms of back and forth communication.

Groups are beneficial for all developmental levels. Children do not need a diagnosis to attend.

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For more information contact (650)494-0550 or submit a request.