Director of Occupational Therapy Services:
Bernadette Gibat- Tompkins OTR/L is a N.Y.S licensed occupational therapist with over twenty years of experience in pediatric therapy. She has worked in Early Intervention with children ages Birth-3 and has also provided therapy for preschool and school aged children through various school districts.
Director of Speech/Language Services:
Susan Kurman M.S.CCC-SLP is a N.Y.S licensed, ASHA certified, speech/language pathologist who has extensive experience in evaluating and treating preschool and school aged children. She has provided in-services and training to other speech/language pathologists on a variety of assessment techniques and has attended numerous conferences and in-services on language and learning disabilities.
All Children’s Therapy is very proud of its staff of highly trained therapists. Our experienced pediatric therapists are dedicated to helping each child reach his or her greatest functional potential.
All therapists employed by All Children’s Therapy are licensed in their respective fields and have NYS certification. They have received training in sensory integration techniques and in collaborative therapy methods. Our therapists work closely with the child’s parents and teachers to help achieve each child’s maximum potential.
All Children’s Therapy provides physical, occupational and speech/language therapy services, as well as counseling/play therapy and parent training services. We service children from ages 3-18.
Occupational therapy, known as O/T, is provided to children who require assistance in their fine motor and sensory development. These skills are developed through age appropriate activities which can include cutting, coloring, stringing beads, handwriting skills and visual/motor activities.
Sensory integration techniques are also utilized to assist those children who are experiencing difficulties integrating environmental stimuli into their daily lives. Symptoms include refusing to wear certain clothing textures or reluctance to eat various foods. Children with sensory issues often exhibit fearful responses to everyday activities (climbing up/down steps, going on swings or slides) and may appear clumsy or uncoordinated. Other children appear to be fearless and will engage in excessive movements (constant jumping, climbing and spinning).
An occupational therapist uses balls, tunnels, climbing equipment and other physical activities to help a child process sensory stimuli in a more organized and efficient manner. The goal is to assist the child in managing their reactions to their environment in a positive and socially appropriate way.
Speech/language therapy focuses on the child’s ability to effectively communicate with adults and peers in a variety of environments. Therapy facilitates a child’s ability to follow verbal directions, express themselves coherently and maintain a conversational interaction.
For children who have difficulty pronouncing certain sounds, articulation therapy can help them model, and eventually produce, the sounds correctly.
All therapy sessions are conducted in a child friendly environment with an emphasis on age appropriate activities and tasks.
Physical therapists, known as P/Ts, have the skills to evaluate and treat children with a variety of sensory and motor delays. Our physical therapists have all received training in pediatric motor development and are skilled in using equipment (balance beams, trampolines, balls and ladders) to develop a child’s strength and coordination.
Play therapy is a structured approach to therapy that builds on children’s normal learning process. Therapists use play therapy to help children express what they might not be able to express through verbal language. Toys are the child’s words and play is the child’s language. The relationship that develops between a child and a play therapist provides a corrective emotional experience for the child thereby improving his/her ability to interact appropriately with peers and family members.
Parent training is provided by licensed social workers or psychologists at our office or in the child’s home. Parents are often overwhelmed by the myriad of needs their child(ren) presents with and it is very helpful for parents to receive support from a qualified professional. Parent training sessions can help parents learn parenting skills and use them consistently. Help from a professional is often necessary to establish appropriate parent-child boundaries and to assist parents with their daily childcare routines.