What we do:
Next Step is passionate about helping you gain the tools to help your child. This is done in the child’s own environment including home, school, outdoors, restaurants or anywhere the child needs to eat. We use an interdisciplinary approach by consulting closely with a team of professionals, including your child’s physicians, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Pathologist and Nutritionist. Each child’s treatment is individualized and we offer different services depending on your child’s specific needs.
We can also assist you with other basic living skill concerns including toilet training and daily routines.
We are professionally and personally committed to providing your child the best treatment possible in a compassionate way.
Prior to beginning services, a 1–2 hour evaluation will be conducted in your home. During this time, we will discuss your concerns and your child’s history. A meal will be observed and initial instructions will be provided to get your child ready to start treatment.
Full Day Intensive Treatment:
If your child has not yet acquired preliminary feeding skills, or is lacking motivation to eat,
an intensive treatment approach may be necessary. An initial 1–4 day intensive visit is
recommended. The therapist will target multiple goals. Caregivers will follow a structured protocol between visits to facilitate progress between appointments with the therapist. In-home visits may be supplemented by e-mail or phone. Follow-up visits will typically occur on a monthly basis.
Following the evaluation, if your child has some preliminary skills, a less intensive approach may be appropriate. The therapist will work with your child on a weekly basis, and will target 1–2 goals per visit. Caregivers will follow a structured protocol between visits to facilitate progress between appointments with the therapist. In-home visits may be supplemented by e-mail or phone.
Regardless of the treatment model selected, follow-up visits will be conducted to facilitate further progress toward your child’s goals.