Services

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Speech & Language Therapy

Our highly skilled and experienced speech-language pathologists provide comprehensive evaluations to determine the specific needs of each child and design therapy programs tailored to individual strengths, deficits, interests and personalities. Play-based therapeutic strategies are utilized to improve functional communication skills, enhance motivation and self-confidence. All speech-language pathologists at Coastal Therapy are licensed by the State of Florida and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Speech-language pathologists at Coastal Therapy evaluate and treat a wide variety of communication diagnoses in infants, children, and adolescents including:

  • Stuttering & Other Fluency Disorders
  • Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Articulation Disorders
  • Expressive & Receptive Language Disorders
  • Phonological Disorders
  • Developmental Delays
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Congenital Anomalies

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is the use of therapeutic play to help a child develop age-appropriate skills necessary to function independently at home, school, and in the community. These skills include sensory processing, self-regulation, visual perception, coordination, self-care, and fine motor skills such as handwriting, cutting with scissors, dressing, shoe-tying, and utensil use.

Our highly skilled and experienced OTs provide comprehensive evaluations to determine the specific needs of each child and design therapy programs tailored to individual strengths, deficits, interests, and personalities. Treatment plans incorporate fun, play-based activities involving music, art, games, and exercise to enhance skill development and build self-confidence.

Our center is fully equipped with sensory integrative and neurodevelopmental equipment to help children learn new skills, achieve greater independence and have fun! All OTs at Coastal Therapy are licensed by the State of Florida and certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

Our pediatric OTs evaluate and treat a wide range of disorders in infants, children, and adolescents including:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Motor Planning & Coordination Difficulties
  • Developmental Delays
  • Sensory Integration Disorder
  • Dysgraphia & Other Handwriting Difficulties
  • Fine Motor and Visual Motor Delays
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Self-regulation Difficulties
  • ADHD
  • Feeding Difficulties
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Birth Injuries
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Physical Therapy

Pediatric physical therapy is the use of therapeutic play to help children meet developmental milestones, improve functional gross motor skills, motor planning, strength, endurance, range of motion, gait, balance, coordination, and sensory processing.

Our highly skilled and experienced physical therapists provide comprehensive evaluations to determine the specific needs of each child and design therapy programs tailored to individual strengths, deficits, interests, and personalities. Play-based therapeutic activities and exercises are incorporated into each treatment plan to enhance skill development and build self-confidence.

Our center is fully equipped with sensory integrative and neurodevelopmental equipment to help children learn new skills, achieve greater independence and have fun! All PTs at Coastal Therapy are licensed by the State of Florida and certified by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Torticollis & plagiocephaly
  • Developmental Delays
  • Sensory Integration Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Birth Defects and/or Injuries
  • Gross Motor & Visual Motor Disorders
  • Motor Planning & Coordination Delays
  • Neurological Disorders
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Reading Intervention

Our highly skilled and experienced Speech-Language Pathologists can evaluate and treat preschool children with language-based phonological awareness & early literacy deficits through 6 years of age. They provide individualized evaluations to determine each child’s specific profile of strengths and weaknesses. Common areas of assessment include early literacy skills, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, reading rate, reading accuracy, overall reading fluency, spelling skills, and reading comprehension.

Oral and written language skills may also be assessed to rule out the possibility of a language disorder that may be contributing to reading difficulties. These results, along with academic records and any previous assessments such as psycho-educational evaluations, are used to determine an appropriate therapy based program to meet the child’s individual needs.

One or more strategies from the following research-based, multi-sensory programs may be utilized to create a program tailored to the child’s strengths and weaknesses.

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  • Wilson Reading System®
  • Great Leaps Reading Fluency Programs©
  • Lindamood-Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing©
  • Lindamood-Bell’s Seeing Stars©
  • Wilson Reading System®
  • Great Leaps Reading Fluency Programs©
  • Lindamood-Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing©
  • Lindamood-Bell’s Seeing Stars©
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Sensory Integration

Sensory integration therapy, rendered by an occupational therapist, is the use of therapeutic activities focused on helping children process sensory input such as sounds, smells, tastes, brightness, movement and textures. Children experiencing sensory integration difficulties are not able to process sensory input smoothly and effortlessly, which can cause various problems with daily activities such as mealtime, bathing, playtime, bedtime, transitions, peer interactions, dressing, and learning. Sensory integration therapy can improve the child’s ability to process and respond to sensory input in an appropriate way and improve overall daily function. To learn more about each sensory system and review potential indicators of sensory processing difficulties, click here.

Our center is fully equipped with sensory integrative and neurodevelopmental equipment to help children learn new skills, achieve greater independence and have fun! All OTs at Coastal Therapy are licensed by the State of Florida and certified by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Our pediatric OTs evaluate and treat children with a wide range of diagnoses that may benefit significantly from sensory integration therapy including:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Motor Planning & Coordination Difficulties
  • Developmental Delays
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Dysgraphia & Other Handwriting Difficulties
  • Fine Motor and Visual Motor Delays
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Self-regulation Difficulties
  • ADHD
  • Feeding Difficulties
  • Learning Disabilities
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Feeding Therapy

The ability to eat, drink, and enjoy the social aspects of mealtime is an important part of the family and social life. Feeding therapy is the use of therapeutic strategies to address various behavioral, physiological, structural and sensory-based issues that impact a child’s ability and/or willingness to eat appropriately. Our highly skilled and experienced therapists provide comprehensive evaluations to determine the specific needs of each child and design feeding programs tailored to individual strengths, deficits, interests and personalities. All feeding therapists at Coastal Therapy are trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding (SOS) and the Beckman Oral Motor approach as well as licensed by the State of Florida.

Feeding therapy can help to identify and address a wide array of feeding difficulties including:

  • Reduced or Limited Oral Intake
  • Food Refusal
  • Food Selectivity by Type and/or Texture (Sensory)
  • Oral Motor Deficits
  • Delayed Feeding Development
  • Poor Utensil Us

Our caring and dedicated therapists work with each child one-on-one to help them reach goals and achieve the highest possible level of success in a fun and friendly environment.

They also strive to collaborate with parents, teachers, and pediatricians to facilitate the most coordinated approach for each child.

*Please note that some feeding issues can be caused by serious structural abnormalities in the swallowing mechanism that may put the child at risk for aspiration (the penetration of food and/or liquid into the lungs). Children presenting issues with swallowing are referred to a pediatric hospital for a thorough swallow study to rule out structural abnormalities and ensure patient safety prior to treatment in our clinic.

FAQS

Will my insurance plan cover therapy costs?

Coastal Therapy is in-network with most major insurance providers. Many insurance plans cover therapy services but there may be certain conditions or limitations to coverage. For instance, some insurance plans will cover therapy but only when it is needed to treat an illness, injury, congenital anomaly or autism spectrum disorder. Some insurance plans exclude coverage for therapy services when the child has a diagnosis considered to be developmental in nature.

As a part of the new patient registration process, one of our staff members will check your insurance benefits to determine exactly what your plan will cover. We will work with you and your insurance company to determine coverage and file electronic claims on your behalf. If therapy is not determined medically necessary by your insurance plan, we will work with you to arrange payment options

We take pride in obtaining specific coverage information for each child prior to the first visit so parents are completely prepared. If you have a question about your coverage, please call our office at (904) 372-4070 so that we can review your specific policy benefits.

What happens if my insurance carrier denies coverage for my child's therapy?

If your insurance plan determines that your child’s therapy does not meet medical necessity guidelines self-pay rates will apply. However, your plan may offer the option to file a formal appeal. Depending on your policy, we can complete the appeals process on your behalf and provide all the necessary documentation. If the appeal is successful in overturning the denial, you will be refunded for any overpayments.

Why is it necessary to obtain a prescription from my child's pediatrician if my insurance does not require a referral?

The State of Florida requires all Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapists to treat under the supervision of your child's primary care doctor. This means we will obtain a prescription for your child’s therapy prior to the first visit.

Why do you need my child's records before the evaluation if you are completing a new one?

Our therapists' design therapy plans tailored to your child’s individual strengths, deficits, interests, and personalities. Previous evaluations done by other specialists can provide a better understanding of your child’s history so that we can create the most effective and appropriate therapy approach.

My insurance policy has a visit limit for therapy. What happens if my child runs out of visits?

Once your visits are exhausted for the plan year, self-pay rates for therapy will apply. However, some policies allow providers to submit a request for additional visits based on a review of medical necessity. We will notify you if your policy allows such requests.

How long will my child need therapy?

Therapy duration is different for every child. Factors that determine the length of treatment include: severity, motivation, parent reinforcement, and consistency. Our therapists allow a few minutes before or after each therapy session to talk to parents about strategies that can be used at home to maximize progress. Our therapists are also happy to schedule a consult with you or a caregiver if you would like more in depth instruction.

Does my child need outpatient therapy even if they are currently receiving services through the school system?

School therapy can be very helpful. However, since most school services are provided in a group setting the therapy may not focus on the specific needs of each child for the entire duration of the session.Individualized one-on-one therapy can maximize overall progress with a therapy plan that is customized to your child’s specific strengths, weaknesses, interests and personalities. Our therapists work closely with families, teachers, and pediatricians to provide the most coordinated therapy approach for your child.

Can my child be treated at school?

Therapy is provided in the clinic as well as in many private school settings. This option is based on therapist availability and insurance coverage guidelines. If you are interested in having your child seen at school, please call our office at (904) 372 - 4070.