The philosophy at Way to Grow is to address the whole child with functional and developmental perspectives. This means we are interested in how the child is functioning in every aspect of their life and in discovering what we can do to improve function and quality of life for your child and your family.
Behavior is communication. We work to understand what the child’s behavior is telling us. Often, children act out because they are feeling overwhelmed and frustrated by task demands. It is similar to detective work to observe how the child is behaving in different settings to figure out what the child needs. Most of the time, there is a skill deficit or a sensory issue that we can identify and address.
During therapy at Way to Grow, we engage children in play activities that help build those skills while carefully balancing the level of challenge so that achievement is within reach and things are not frustrating for the child. This “just right challenge” supports success, fosters a sense of accomplishment, and minimizes frustration. We build skills, cultivate feelings of competence, and increase the child’s level of self-confidence.
Working with parents is also a vital part of the therapy. Helping families understand their child’s needs and how to support development at home is one of the keys to a successful outcome. We create home activities collaboratively with each family’s unique situation in mind–our goal is your success.
We work to coordinate your child’s care. We communicate with teachers, guidance counselors and therapists from the school team as well as with other professionals such as the clinical therapist or behavior specialists the child may be seeing. In-house, our speech therapists and occupational therapists collaborate closely.