Specialized Programs

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Specialized Programs at tuLIPS

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Social Skills groups

Social skills are a foundational part of human interaction. For some it comes easy while others may have a difficult time building and maintaining relationships, expressing their emotions, playing with others or making conversation with peers.
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Early Intervention groups

These groups are for ages birth to three. Each group consists of no more than three children to one therapist. Group activities are designed to follow the same developmentally appropriate routines as general early childhood settings
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Feeding Therapy

Feeding therapy is more than just “teaching a child to eat.” Therapists work closely with patients and their families to determine the source of the child’s difficulties and develop very specific therapies to make the entire process of eating easier and more enjoyable.
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Social Skills groups

Social skills are a foundational part of human interaction. For some it comes easy while others may have a difficult time building and maintaining relationships, expressing their emotions, playing with others or making conversation with peers.

tuLIPS matches each child or teen with an appropriate group by first meeting with them one and one. During this meeting we will informally assess their needs and gain an understanding of areas of improvement. We then create a group based on their social, developmental and chronological age.

Each session teaches social skills and then applies them in a fun game or activity so they can learn to generalize the skills they are learning into everyday activities.

Social Skills groups are designed for students who demonstrate difficulty with any of the following:
  • Trouble with peer interaction
  • Shy or awkward
  • Reduced eye contact
  • Flat affect
  • Want to “run the show”
  • Poor turn taking
  • Delayed response
  • Understanding social cues
  • Impulsivity

Early Intervention groups

These groups are for ages birth to three. Each group consists of no more than three children to one therapist. Group activities are designed to follow the same developmentally appropriate routines as general early childhood settings (e.g. circle time, snack, free play, motor activities, art, etc.). Each class has a routine so that your little one will come knowing what to expect each week. New themes and topics are introduced to keep the lessons fun and exciting. Best of all, it is a fun time for your little one, with lots of opportunities for socialization in a structured environment!

Feeding Therapy

Feeding therapy is more than just “teaching a child to eat.” Therapists work closely with patients and their families to determine the source of the child’s difficulties and develop very specific therapies to make the entire process of eating easier and more enjoyable.

Mealtimes are a great time for bonding and enjoying new experiences. Unfortunately, for some children, it can be a stressful and challenging time. If any of the behaviors below are affecting a child’s ability to safely eat, meet nutritional needs or enjoy the mealtime experience, the child may benefit from receiving a feeding evaluation.

If an individual struggles with one or more of the following, they could benefit from feeding therapy:
  • Difficulty transitioning to baby food, table food, or cup drinking
  • Texture aversions (gagging on lumpy purees or certain table foods) or has difficulty transitioning from one texture to another
  • Poor weight gain
  • Extremely limited food repertoire (accepts less than 30 foods consistently)
  • Rigid mealtime behaviors (accepts specific brands of food only, particular about presentation or order of foods)
  • Difficulty chewing foods, typically swallowing food in whole pieces.
  • Difficulty swallowing foods or refuses to swallow certain types of food consistencies.
  • Gags on, avoids or is very sensitive to certain food textures, food temperatures and/or flavors. Struggles to control and coordinate moving food around in mouth, chewing and preparing to swallow food.
  • Fussy or irritable with feeding.
  • Frequently coughs when eating.
  • Gags and chokes when eating.
  • Refuses or rarely tries new foods.
  • Known to be a “picky eater” who eats a limited variety of foods or consistencies.