Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
Occupational therapy (OT) is the practice of using meaningful activities to help people do what they want and need to do in everyday life. The term 'occupation' is used because occupational therapists work to help patients’, clients’ and/or students’ health through what occupies their time and the environments they are in. The use of the word occupation in the term 'occupational therapist' or 'occupational therapy' is unrelated to labor and work: we might address employment if that's related to what's filling someone's time, but ultimately the term is related to what's occupying daily lives.
For children and youth, school, family engagement and play are their 'occupations' and if they are having trouble in those areas, occupational therapists help the adults in their lives figure out why they might be having a hard time and create a plan to help them.
This is done by observing their participation and functional skills in activities that they enjoy and offering opportunities do the activities at the perfect level-not too hard, not too easy- for them to develop self regulation through co-regulating with adults in their life and problem solving at their level.
Young & Well offers speech and language services for ages birth to 25 at our outpatient office, virtually, and in schools. Speech and language therapists work with children to meet their needs related to communication and also feeding. Communication needs might be related to articulation (how clearly a child makes sounds), how they express themselves, how they understand what is said to them by their friends and adults, finding the words they need, remembering the names of things, and possibly oral motor ability. The purpose is to help a child communicate their wants and needs and understand what someone has said to them to feel good about their skills in daily life.
We are family-focused. You'll have the same therapist each week and your therapist will learn about your family's life in order to help support your child's communication development in everyday life.
Taught by a certified general and special education instructor with over 30 years' experience, we remediate and teach letter sizing, formation, and directionality to improve letter efficiency for written schoolwork. Once legibility has been mastered in sentence and paragraph writing, focus will be on BCR (brief constructive responses) necessary in academic subjects.
Additionally, we address written expression focusing on sentence writing within paragraphs using visuals and graphic organization strategies to better help your child communicate his/her thoughts and ideas on paper.
Our method of instruction is fun, motivating and successful. We use print or cursive instruction and offer both assessment and consultation. We use Handwriting Without Tears program and other approaches based on the needs of the student.
Pre-writing skills development is offered for preschool students ages 4-5 and handwriting instruction is available for kindergarten and older. We also offer group handwriting instruction.
Download the "Before and After" PDF to see the results.
While we follow evidence-based practices with the use of handwriting to build literacy, support writing fluidity and reinforce memory of learned topics, we also understand the need for typing
skill development at appropriate ages. We offer individual and small group typing instruction for students grade 1 through young adulthood. We use simple, user friendly typing programs to support
both typing efficiency and also communicating ideas through typing.
There are very few reputable companies in the DC Metro area that offer Vocational Evaluations that are completed by qualified, experienced, ethical professionals. Young & Well Vocational evaluators have extensive understanding of the multi-faceted and detailed procedures required of the vocational process. They are highly trained professionals with experience in the special education field, in addition to knowledge of best practice principles related to vocation and transition laws and practices. These evaluations are performed at the request of MDT, attorney, and private sources. They will help teams establish appropriate, individualized transition goals and objectives for students and young people 12-25 years of age. Young & Well is able to offer the following vocational evaluations with individualized recommendations and assessment procedures:
The Part I assessment is the screening vocational and transition step designed to arrive at a decision for vocational and post-secondary planning. The primary goal of this assessment is to identify students’ interests and goals in order to plan long-term vocational pursuits, living and education. This process includes: reviewing and compiling all pre-existing student information into a format that is useful for vocational and transitional planning; obtaining information regarding interests and abilities; developing a unique occupational profile; and learning as much as possible about the student from their perspective as well as that of parents and educational supports. This level does not usually include standardized measurements or data.
his type of assessment is designed to provide a thorough and in-depth look at vocationally and life skill relevant information that is based on the development of an in-depth occupational profile and performance assessment. It includes interviewing, standardized testing, transferable skills analysis, and/or job matching. Among the primary objectives for this assessment are to obtain more information about occupations that are meaningful to the student, learning styles, intrinsic motivation, habits, values, job preferences, career maturity, and job readiness. This may be accomplished through formal and/or informal instruments specifically designed for these purposes. This information is then used to determining relevant career, occupational and educational exposure activities to reach desired goals. This level also provides information regarding barriers to daily living that impact the student in doing what is meaningful to them. A Part II Career Exploration Assessment can be particularly beneficial to individuals who have difficulty identifying their interests and/or demonstrating their strengths on paper-pencil tasks and general ability/aptitude screening most frequently used for the Part I Assessment. A Part I Assessment does not have to be completed prior to a Part II, however a Part II should only be recommended if there was not enough information to determine needs from the Part I OR the nature of a student’s disability requires more in depth, alternate assessment means.
Based on assessed career interest areas Young & Well will use indentified interest careers to work with the client in finding and securing a position in their preferred area.
After the career exploration process is complete Young & Well can provide supported employment in order to train employees in their new job. This includes bridging the gap between the employee and supervisors and co-workers. Supported employment includes ongoing evaluation of worksite accommodations. A plan for fading is instituted after the first session to maintain data on the increase in level of independence. This service is for all adults entering and re-entering the workforce with a focus on supporting the individual to reach their full potential.
We work with schools and programs to help establish interventions and models that create successful transition outcomes for students.
Successful transition for students with and without disabilities is the goal of our education system. Unfortunately, students with disabilities are not succeeding at the same rate as students without disabilities. Young & Well is able to provide transition program development at the administrative level or complete transition plans for students who do not have them. Our view is based on individualized programming for each student we encounter based on the occupations that are meaningful to him or her. Our transition services are based on IDEIA and evidence based procedures. IDEIA's purpose is to, "Ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education, that emphasizes special education and related services, designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living." Furthermore the law states, "Disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to participate in or contribute to society. Improving educational results for children with disabilities is an essential element of our national policy of ensuring equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities." Young & Well strives to match transition planning with this purpose at the forefront of all we do. Young & Well can assist in setting up transition programs and formats that will allow for a process and efficiency within your organization. This will help your program provide the best transition outcomes for the students you serve.
Young & Well encourages you to contact us if you think we may be able to service your needs although the service may not be listed. We have professionals trained in IEP development, advocacy and administration. Please do not hesitate to reach out and your needs can be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
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Rockville, MD 20850
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