Building Bridges Therapy provides therapy for children and young adults to meet the individual needs of our clients and families. Our therapists consult clients and their parents to establish functional goals to be targeted within a set time period. These tasks are adapted as necessary to allow the client to perform the tasks with the most independence. These tasks can include functional communication, play skills, activities of daily living, or vocational skills. Our therapists also provide early intervention services for the Forsyth County Babies Can’t Wait program.
Learn more about our services:
Applied Behavioral Analysis, ABA Therapy
Adaptive Preschool Program
Speech-Language Pathologists work with families and clients to address communication delays or disorders. Speech therapy for children generally involves pursuing milestones that have not been reached due to developmental delays or disorders. Treatment targets identified areas of difficulty with receptive language, understanding what others say; expressive language, communicating wants, needs, feelings, and thoughts; and/or pragmatic language, verbal and non-verbal rules of social communication. Intervention may also address the mechanics of producing words, such as articulation, phonology, motor planning (apraxia), pitch, fluency, and volume. Therapists may utilize alternative means of communication to help clients express themselves such as using sign language, pictures, or communication devices. For older children and young adults, therapy may target higher level activities such as written expression, executive functioning, auditory processing, and social skills. Disorders that may effect communication include: Apraxia of Speech, Auditory Processing Disorders, Autism, Down Syndrome, Hearing Loss, Mitochondrial Disease, Cerebral Palsy, and other chromosomal/genetic disorders.
Feeding Therapy may be provided by trained Occupational or Speech Therapists in collaboration with parents and other medical professionals. Therapist help infants and children with a wide array of feeding difficulties including: reduced or limited intake, food refusal, food selectivity, dysphagia, oral motor deficits, or delays in feeding development. Feeding therapy is important to address possible growth and nutritional concerns as well as unsafe swallowing. Feeding evaluations will include oral motor and physical assessments to determine if the problem is structural or caused by aversions or learned behaviors.
Formal swallow studies may be required prior to initiating feeding therapy if there are signs or symptoms of aspiration. If the problem is physical or structure, therapy may target increased strength and coordination of the oral structures through exercises or compensation by changing the presentation, consistency, or texture of foods. Therapy for food aversions and refusal will utilize techniques to reduce anxiety about eating and increase acceptance of foods through the use of sensory integration, behavioral modifications, food chaining, and play.
Occupational therapists collaborate with parents/caregivers and other professionals to identify and meet the needs of children experiencing delays or challenges in development; teaching and modeling skills and strategies to children and their families, to extend all aspects of daily life tasks; and adapting activities, materials, and environmental conditions so children can participate.
Interventions for infants, toddlers, and young children address motor developmental milestones; learning to pay attention and follow simple instructions; developing the ability to eat, drink, and dress independently; learning to cope with disappointment or failure; reducing extraneous environmental stimuli; building skills for sharing, taking turns, and playing with peers; and participating in age appropriate daily routines.
Interventions for older children and teens includes items such as adapting or modifying the environment, or activities to support participation in routines and learning activities; navigating more complex social relationships; strengthening self-determination and decision making skills, and enhancing overall independence; helping with vocational planning and transitions, including executive functioning and independent living skills. www.aota.org
Physical Therapists work with children and their families to assist each child in reaching their maximum potential to function independently and to promote active participation in home and community environments. Physical Therapists treat a variety of developmental, neuromuscular, congenital, skeletal, and acquired diseases such as with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, developmental delays, and torticollis. They focus on improving the child’s balance and coordination, gross and fine motor skills, strength, endurance, as well as their cognitive and sensory processing and integration. Physical therapy promotes a child’s independence, increasing their participation, motor development and function, improves their strength, enhances their learning opportunities, and eases care giving for family members. www.pediatricapta.org
Applied Behavioral Analysis, ABA Therapy
Behavioral analysis is a scientifically validated approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. In this context, “behavior” refers to actions and skills. Behavior analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behavior is followed by a reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that cause harm or interfere with learning. The use of these techniques and principles brings about meaningful and positive change in behaviors.
Since the 1960s, therapists have been applying behavior analysis to help children with autism and related developmental disorders. Today, ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism. It has been endorsed by a number of state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General. Over the last decade, the nation has seen a particularly dramatic increase in the use of ABA to help persons with autism live happy and productive lives. In particular, ABA principles and techniques can foster basic skills such as looking, listening, and imitating as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing, and understanding another person’s perspective.
Adaptive Preschool Program
Building Bridges Therapy is excited to team up with, Dana Shroyer, Certified Applied Behavioral Analyst, to offer a structured preschool program for children ages 2-5 years. This group will target age appropriate academic skills following the ABA model and is open to children of all abilities. This group will provide a fun, structured environment to target developmental areas such as fine and gross motor skills as well as language enriching activities including music therapy. Typical children are encouraged to attend to provide appropriate peer models. Low student/teacher ratio. Individual ABA also available.
Building Bridges Therapy is proud to offer an online bookstore with recommended books and activities from our therapists. You can find books regarding a variety of topics including Autism, Down Syndrome, and ADD/ADHD as well as therapeutic toys and activities.Bookstore
We have moved...
We are now located at
1389 Weber Industrial Drive
Cumming, Georgia 30041