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services

Professional Staff provide an environment and care that allows children to have fun-filled and diverse experiences while encouraging the development of their social skills, self-confidence, and independence.

Social Skills Groups 

The Social Network is a social skills therapy group designed to facilitate positive peer relations through improvement of social language and appropriate peer interaction.  This group will focus on the development of social-pragmatic skills including but not limited to sharing, turn-taking, game playing, social inferencing/perspective taking, social communication, and conversation skills.  Groups will be designed according to age and children between four-twelve years will benefit from this fun-filled, creative, and interactive therapy group.

applied behavior analysis 

Our team provides services that encompass the theory of applied behavior analysis.  ABA methods have been used successfully with many kinds of learners with and without disabilities, in many different settings.  A wide variety of ABA techniques have been developed for building useful skills in learners with special needs of all ages. Those techniques are used in both structured situations and in more "natural" everyday situations, and in 1-to-1 as well as group instruction. They are used to develop basic skills like looking, listening and imitating, as well as complex skills like reading, conversing, and taking the perspective of others.

Child Psychological Services

Dr. Buckley is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in working with children. She also works as a certified school psychologist, which gives her a unique insight into one of the primary environments in which your child has to function, as well as the evaluation process for special education and 504 eligibility and plan development. She conducts comprehensive psychoeducational assessments to determine children's unique learning and/or social emotional needs and develop recommendations to support them. She also provides individual and small group therapy and works with parents to address parenting or behavioral concerns. Dr. Buckley specializes in young children (toddler through late elementary school), particularly those on the autism spectrum. Her work with your child can develop social skills and the perspective-taking necessary to foster positive peer relationships. She also specializes in treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, executive function weaknesses, poor self-esteem, selective mutism, attachment disorders, children with separated/divorced parents, and siblings with exceptional needs.

Occupational Therapy 

OT Kids offers the highest quality pediatric occupational therapy treatment, evaluation, and consultative services in two state of the art therapy gyms located in Stamford and Fairfield CT. Our therapists are highly skilled experts in the area of pediatric therapy and hold numerous advanced certifications in various specialized treatment techniques including Integrated Listening Systems (iLs),  Vital Links Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, Handwriting Without Tears and Pediatric Yoga. Our approach is based on the unique needs of each child with a strong emphasis on parent collaboration/education and strengthing a child's abilities in the areas of sensory processing, fine motor, gross motor and self-care skills

Music Therapy Services

Individual Music Therapy: Connecticut Music Therapy Services creates opportunities for individuals with special needs to work on communication skills, fine and gross motor coordination, sensory processing, cognitive/academic skills, self-help skills, social skills and emotional well-being. Each individual is assessed by the music therapist to determine specific areas of need and goals and objectives. Musical experiences (i.e. learning songs, songwriting, instrument playing, creative movement, etc.) are then designed to specifically address each of these areas of need with a focus on the musical styles, songs, and experiences that they prefer. No previous musical training or skill is necessary to participate in music therapy. The client is always central to the music, experiences, and pacing of the sessions. Early Childhood Music Therapy Groups: Newborns, toddlers, preschoolers and their siblings learn priceless socialization skills as they explore music. These group sessions get the whole family to move, laugh, and play in a fun, goal oriented, learning environment.

Speech & Language Services

“Give your child a voice” We believe in the power of every voice. We will assess, diagnose and provide innovative and collaborative therapy for clients from birth to high school and beyond with speech, language, cognitive, swallowing,voice, and social disorders. Denise Leverty, M.S., CCC-SLP is the owner and clinician with over 23 years of experience working with a vast population collaborating with many disciples to best service each and every client to reach their optimal potential as a communicator.

social work

Beth Segaloff is an LMSW, Reiki Master, certified Firewalk Instructor and mom. She has 16 years experience working with families and children with learning disabilities. Beth works with clients related to issues such as (but not all) stress management, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and feelings of being “stuck”. She uses mindfulness, other creative approaches and modalities that support children and adults towards awareness, balance and empowerment. She builds relationships with individuals and groups in a safe and supportive space providing skills for transformation.

school shadowing 

Our team provides school shadowing services in a variety of school setting including pre-schools

and private schools in Fairfield County.  School Shadows are an important piece of a

successful transition of a child into the classroom.

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This role may include:

Prompting the child to participate in classroom activities

Behavioral Support

Supporting the child in learning from group instruction

Prompting the child to expand language and conversation skills

Encouraging social interaction with peers as well as the teacher

Maintaining communication system between home and school

academic tutoring

Our individualized programs build confidence, enhance study skills and foster innovation, creating measurable results.  Every session is tailored to fit each student's individual needs and learning abilities. By concentrating on the particular needs of each student, our therapists provide the most efficient instruction available.  These one-on-one sessions have proved invaluable for instilling the student's confidence and promoting long-term academic success.

Parent & Sibling Training

We believe that autism affects the lives of all family members.  Consequently, we want to increase the peer support and information opportunities for brothers and sisters of people with special needs and to increase parents’ understanding of those families that are affected by autism.

Recreational Skills Development & Community Support

Play skills enhance the development of cognitive, social, communication, and motor skills. Play development does not always occur spontaneously and consequently, intervention strategies must be used to guide the development of cognitive and social play skills.  The Bridge Partnership helps to develop play skills that can be expanded upon while placing an emphasis on self-initiation and age-appropriate selection of materials to encourage peer interactions.

PPT & IEP Support 

Our team will provide consultation on the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meeting process and will help review the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) to ensure that it is appropriate for the student.

Activities of Daily Living

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) is a term used in healthcare to refer to daily self-care activities within an individual's place of residence, in outdoor environments, or both.  ADLs are defined as "the things we normally do...such as feeding ourselves, bathing, dressing, grooming, work, homemaking, and leisure."

1:1 in-home & center based Therapy sessions 

Our team specializes in providing both in-home and center-based therapy sessions for children with special needs.  Our staff, in coordination with the child’s family and school system,  will develop a comprehensive program that will meet the individualized needs of each child.  Plans often incorporate a variety of domains including academics, socialization, activities of daily living, behavioral supports, and recreational skill development.