NAPA Center’s Intensive Physical therapy program is an intensive approach to physical therapy consisting of 60 to 90 hours of vigorous therapy in just 3 weeks using the NeuroSuit and Universal Exercise Units. This highly effective method of treatment uses cutting edge methods to challenge the child and achieve new physical abilities. The NeuroSuit utilizes technology originally from the Russian space program to fight the effects of weightlessness. The NeuroSuit helps hold the patient’s body in correct alignment and adds additional weight bearing through the use of bungee type bands that are attached on the suit. More about Physical Therapy ›
Occupational therapy (OT) assists individuals in achieving greater independence in all areas of life. “Occupations” include any meaningful activity of an individual’s everyday life. For example, a few childhood occupations include learning in school, being a family member, and playing with friends. An OT’s role is to assist individuals in performing “occupations” with the greatest level of independence possible.
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Anyone at any age can have a speech, swallowing and/or language problem. The earlier the problem is diagnosed and therapy begun, the better the chances of successful treatment. Speech and language development is not a separate function but a continuous process involving every aspect of the individual — intellectual, motor, emotional, and social. More about Speech Therapy ›
The NeuroSuit frames the body providing support and resistance simultaneously. It improves and changes proprioception (pressure from the joints, ligaments, muscles), reduce a patient’s undesired reflexes, facilitates proper movement and provides additional weight bearing distributed strategically throughout the body. This additional weight bearing provides strong feedback to the brain which helps create new improved patterns of movement such as when walking while the body is maintaining a more upright, correct posture.
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CME is a technique developed by Ramón Cuevas in 1972 while he was working with several young children. The basic goal of C.M.E. is “to create a method of exercises that will provoke the automatic postural responses from the motor delayed children, in spite of their neurological damage and level of awareness.” More about CME ›
With a variety of equipment in the Multifunctional Therapy Unit, the patient can experience dynamic balance activities such as transitioning from sitting to quadruped, quadruped to kneeling, and transition all the way to standing with the assistance of bungee cords attached to the patient from 4 angles. This equipment is often referred to as the “spider cage” due to 8 bungees being used to assist the patient.
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment in which a patient breathes oxygen at a level higher than atmospheric pressure while in a controlled total body chamber. The breathing of pressurized oxygen results in the body receiving 10 to 15 times more than normal oxygen.
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NAPA Center is now offering VitalStim® (hereon referred to as VitalStim) services by a certified VitalStim practitioner. VitalStim Therapy is an effective treatment for patients suffering with difficulty swallowing or dysphagia. VitalStim may be used with infants and adults a like suffering from a broad range of diagnosis. It was developed in response to the 15 million Americans living with dysphagia today.
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Feeding an infant or child and learning to eat independently may be difficult for some children. In such cases, mealtimes may become stressful for both the parent and child. Many times, mealtimes may turn into battles which both the parent and child dread. In these situations, feeding concerns may be addressed with occupational therapy services.
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PROMPT is an acronym for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. This technique is a tactile-kinesthetic approach that uses touch cues to a patient’s articulators (jaw, tongue, lips) to manually guide him or her through a targeted word, phrase or sentence. The technique develops motor control and the development of proper oral muscular movements, while eliminating unnecessary muscle movements, such as jaw sliding and inadequate lip rounding.
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NAPA KIDZ Academy offers both a therapeutic and Nonpublic, educational environment or preschool aged scholars, three through five and five year olds turning six prior to Kindergarten enrollment.
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NAPA Center’s Early Start Program offers both a therapeutic and educational environment for our youngest scholars! Our beautiful and age-appropriately themed classroom is stocked with resources of educational materials, art and music media, technology, separate and private changing area, kitchen where we teach our students how to manage their hygiene, and various enrichment centers.
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