Below is a listing of the services available at Simoneon. While every attempt has been made to create an exhaustive list, we are constantly searching for the best treatment and services for our clientele and may have adding new therapies and services that are not yet listed on here. Please call if you have a need that is not listed here.
Summary of Services
• Occupational Therapy Services
- Alert Program
- Cranial Sacral Therapy
- Development Sequence
- Handwriting Without Tears
- Neuro-Development Treatment
- Peer Mentoring
- Sensory Diet
- Sensory Integration Therapy
- Wilbarger Protocol
- Masgutova Method of Reflex Integration
• Listening Therapy Services:
- AIT: Auditory Integration Training
- Samonas Sound Therapy
- Modulated Music
• Volunteer Opportunities
• Wish list for Donations to Simoneon!
Sensory Integration Therapy
Dr. Jean Ayres, an occupational therapist, working with children and adults with neurological impairments was the first to offer the model of sensory integration.
Dr. Ayres defined sensory integration as "the organization of sensation for our use". Information about our environment and our body comes to us through our senses at all times of the day - our sense of vision, our olfactory and gustatory senses, our auditory sense, our tactile sense, and our proprioceptive and vestibular senses.
Our brain receives this sensory information, interprets its meaning, organizes the information and then sends instructions to the rest of the body as to the action that should be taken regarding the information. What action or actions do we take when we feel the heat or the cold, when we stub a toe, when we're hungry, or when we are uncomfortable in the presence of a certain individual?
Sensory integration allows us to put all this sensory information together and respond in a way that will make us happy, productive and well coordinated individuals.
No one possesses or exhibits perfect sensory integration. That's why some of us are more athletic, or more artistic than others. Some people may be better communicators, better dancers, or have better perspectives of how cars or computers work. Perhaps what is more important for us as educators, therapists and caregivers to remember, is that at one time or other we have all had sensory integration difficulties. But, as individuals who possess typical sensory integration abilities, we have learned to exhibit behaviors which are socially and culturally acceptable.
Occupational Therapy is about helping individuals (relative to their age and choices) reach their potential and achieve maximum independent functional ability in their daily occupations of self-care, work and leisure activities. For a child these daily occupations are involved with self-care, being a student and being an effective player in life (mentally, socially, emotionally and physically).
Simoneon provides Occupational Therapy consultation, screening, comprehensive evaluation, individual (direct occupational therapy intervention), typical peer mentoring during individual treatment as appropriate, interventions for home with consultation and monitoring.
Frame of Reference and Modalities
- Sensory Integration (SI)
- Developmental Sequence
- Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)
- Peer Mentoring Social Skills
- Samonas Sound Therapy
- Cranial-Sacral Therapy
- Myofascial Release
Who is served?
Children (medically stable) aged 3 months-through teen years with delays in one or more areas of development.
- Strength of large and small muscles
- physical endurance
- postural control
- motor planning
- gross and fine motor skills
- self-help skills (activities of daily living)
- attention skills
- sensory processing (vestibular, tactile, proprioceptive, visual, auditory, gustatory, olfactory)
- academic and social-emotional skills (if related to a sensory processing or motor issue)
Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)
An advanced therapeutic approach, practiced by experienced Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologists. NDT is a hands-on approach to help individuals who have experienced neurologically based disorders. NDT trained therapists work together with the family and other providers to develop a comprehensive treatment program to to assist an individual in becoming as independent as possible and as efficient as possible in their postural control and movement patterns. NDT is based on human neurology and physiology. It is appropriately used with individuals having minor to major motor difficulties. The individuals at Simoneon Center, who having minor motor difficulties, tend to benefit from NDT combined with the other approaches employed at Simoneon Center.
This hands-on approach is used in working with people who have central nervous system insults that create difficulties in controlling movement. Therapists using NDT treatment have completed advanced training in NDT and work closely with individuals with neurological challenges (e.g. cerebral palsy, stroke, head injury), helping them to become as independent as possible. NDT-trained therapists work collaboratively with individuals, family, caregivers and physicians to develop comprehensive treatment programs based on the principles of human neurology and physiology. Individuals who have minimal to severe motor difficulties can benefit from the NDT approach.
An approach which considers foundational requirements in order to progress to a higer level of development. This approach assists with generalization of abilities versus just learning one skill (splinter skill). This approach is applicable across the domains of development. A developmental sequence approach is typically applicable for all ages but may be less practical for some ages or severe disabilities.
Handwriting Without Tears
Handwriting Without Tears is a respectful, practical and methodical process employing a tactile, kinesthetic and visual/perceptual technique approach to teach manuscript and cursive writing skills to children having difficulty learning how to write.
The Wilbarger Protocol with over 30+ years in research has led to the development of the Wilbarger Protocol which has been found to be helpful for children with sensory regulation difficulties (to diminish their over-reactivity to adverse stimuli and cope better with sensory inputs). The procedure involves specific techniques of firm brushing to limbs and back, followed by joint compression to specific joints. The procedures are frequently updated, based on the latest research.
The Alert Program – How Does Your Engine Run?
The Alert Program is based on the book, How Does Your Engine Run? A Leader's Guide to the Alert Program for Self-Regulation (Williams & Shellenberger), describes an innovative program that supports children, teachers, parents, and therapists to choose appropriate strategies to change or maintain states of alertness.
Sensory Diets are programs individually designed for people experiencing difficulty coping with and/or responding appropriately to sensory inputs from their own bodies or from the environment.
A sensory diet typically involves some modification of the individual's environment to a small or significant degree, which will allow the individual to function better in that environment. A diet also is also concerned with helping an individual maintain an appropriate alertness/arousal state and appropriate emotional tone to function better.
Persons needing a sensory diet may be unable to self-regulate responses to internal or external sensory stimuli without regular and individual specific sensory inputs throughout the day.
A sensory diet typically involves activities which either dampen or arouse sensory responsiveness. All or some of the sensory systems (tactile, proprioceptive, vestibular, olphactory, gustatory) may be addressed with a sensory diet, relative to an individual's needs.
Peer Mentoring is a method used to facilitate the development of typical emotional-social skills in clients with emotional-social lags. Typically developing peers interact and participate in enjoyable structured activities. Creativity is encouraged among all participants and constructive feedback from mentors to clients is encouraged to assist, in a typical way, the development of appropriate emotional-social skills.
We provide no-fee community in services on atypical development to groups of parents, professionals and schools.
We also facilitate parent networking, encourage and facilitate play dates, provide resources to parents for supportive doctors, dentists having skills with special needs kids, better speech therapists, other professionals, private schools, suggestions of fun/beneficial community activities for their children
Mary E. Scholer, OTR/L, Executive Director
Greta Tan, OTR/L
Highly qualified, licensed, pediatric occupational therapists with significant experience working with children of varied ages (with and without diagnoses) with mild to moderate delays in development and sensory processing disorders.
We are also committed to continuously upgrading our knowledge and skills through continuing education, to keep pace with new research and the varied needs of our clients.
Listening Therapies Offered by Simoneon
AIT: Auditory Integration Training
Samonas Sound Therapy
- Music for Modulation
Volunteer Opportunities at Simoneon
We invite after-school, typically developing children (ages 5 - 9 years to mentor our kids). There is a minimum 1 month/45 minute per week commitment, (holidays excluded).
This is a wonderful opportunity for young children who have good attention spans, follow instructions well and are eager to be in service to others. At a young age they can develop leadership skills, expand their world view, learn to embrace differences and feel the joy of being in service while truly making a difference in another child's life.
Child volunteers will be given a certificate of recognition after completing a minimum of 1 month of service. (To protect the health of the children and staff, volunteers must always cancel their arranged mentoring day, should they have a contageous illness).