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Welcome

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As a pediatric occupational therapy clinic, we focus on helping children develop the skills they need to grow into functional, independent adults. Physical impairment injuries and a host of other issues can hamper a child’s ability to perform common tasks or progress normally through the stages of social or cognitive development. Our clinic specializes in working with children ages birth to 21 in a variety of settings including, home, school and clinic based.

We've Relocated upstairs to the PENTHOUSE Suite!!!

Check out our new Play Spaces below!!! 

Services

Occupational Therapy & Speech Therapy 

Our licensed pediatric therapists can help treat children with:

  • ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Brachial Plexus injuries

  • Cancer recovery

  • Concussion rehabilitation

  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)

  • Developmental Delays

  • Down Syndrome

  • Feeding Difficulties

  • Genetic Conditions

  • Gross and Fine Motor Delay

  • Hypotonia/Hypertonia

  • Neurological Conditions

  • Orthopedic rehabilitation

  • Sensory Integration

  • Speech Delays

  • Social Skills Deficits

  • Toe Walking

  • Torticollis & Plagiocephaly

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

  • Trauma

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What does Pediatric Occupational and Speech Therapy look like?

When working with children, pediatric occupational and speech therapists incorporate play into practice as a way of motivating children and reducing any anxiety or fears they might feel towards therapy. Play is an important occupation for all age levels. Play in therapy can involve games, toys, puzzles, songs or physical exercises. In all cases, the goal of pediatric occupational therapy is not only to help children adequately progress but to challenge them appropriately, helping to build self-esteem and confidence when it comes to their capabilities and aptitude.

Our Services include:

  • Occupational and Speech Evaluations

  • Evidence- based Interventions and Treatment sessions

  • School-based OT and Speech Evaluations (IEE)

  • Consult with professional staff

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What can children accomplish with OT?

Occupational therapists work with children in the following areas:

  • improving fine motor skills so they can grasp and release toys and develop good handwriting skills

  • addressing hand-eye coordination to improve kids’ play and school skills (hitting a target, batting a ball, copying from a blackboard, etc.)

  • learning basic tasks (such as bathing, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and feeding themselves)

  • maintaining positive behaviors in all environments (e.g., instead of hitting others or acting out, using positive ways to deal with anger, such as writing about feelings or participating in a physical activity.

  • evaluating the need for specialized equipment, such as wheelchairs, splints, bathing equipment, dressing devices, or communication aids

  • improving attention and social skills to allow development of interpersonal relationships.

Get in touch today and discover our warm and caring environment. Schedule a visit and let us know how we can help.

Social Groups

Social skills groups can be an invaluable tool for children who are developmentally delayed or struggle with social and communication skills. It’s particularly valuable for children on the autism spectrum, but can also be pivotal for children, teens, and young adults with conditions like Down syndrome, ADHD, and cognitive disabilities.

There is extensive evidence that social skills groups are incredibly effective in helping kids and adolescents make substantial strides with social communication – particularly when those facilitating are trained and experienced. (All of our social skills groups are facilitated by licensed speech, occupational, and ABA therapists.) In the biggest study of PEERS (the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills for young adults), researchers evaluated participants and non-participants before and after the 16-week social group session. Participants had “significantly greater improvements” in things like frequency of social engagement and improvement of overall social skills as opposed to those on the waiting list. There was also a substantial decrease in certain symptoms of autism spectrum disorder related to social responsiveness.

Social skills are about much more than just communicating with others. They are critical to establishing friendships, succeeding in school, and (later in life) getting and keeping a job.

Among the skills our social skills groups target:

  • Turn-taking

  • Being flexible

  • Problem-solving

  • Negotiating

  • Considering the perspectives of others

  • Listening to others

  • Initiating and/or joining play

  • Age-appropriate play

  • Coping with confrontation, rejection or teasing

  • Verbal communication

  • Confidence-building

  • Staying on task

  • Following directions

  • Asking for help

  • Evaluating the size of a problem

  • Understanding non-literal language and concepts

  • Learning to read non-verbal social cues such as facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice are often incorporated as well.

Most of our groups are relatively small (groups of 2-8), facilitated by a therapist. There is typically some instruction, possibly some role-play or a fun activity to encourage social interaction. Participants get feedback (and parents may be looped in as well) to help them practice the skills they most need to work on. Face-to-face interactions and practice in a safe environment help the lessons to stick.

All 6-week sessions are $210.00 and must be paid at the time of registration.

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Social Skills Group Ages 4-6

Dates for this Session are:

Wednesday's @ 3:00pm

April 24, 2024

May 1, 2024

May 8, 2024

May 15, 2024

May 22, 2024

May 29, 2024

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Social Skills Group - Ages 7-9

Dates for this Session are:

Wednesday's @ 4:00pm

April 24, 2024

May 1, 2024

May 8, 2024

May 15, 2024

May 22, 2024

May 29, 2024

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Social Skills Group Ages 10-12

Dates for this Session are:

Wednesday's @ 5:00pm

April 24, 2024

May 1, 2024

May 8, 2024

May 15, 2024

May 22, 2024

May 29, 2024

Developmental Testing

Methuen Pediatric Therapy is now offering developmental testing for children aging from birth to 12 years old that may have a variety of developmental and behavioral issues including developmental language delay,  ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders, behavioral problems, traumatic exposures and more. 

If you are looking for testing for a child over the age of 12, please contact our office for additional information and assistance. 

 

Our model of care for the developmental testing includes: 

  • Visit 1:  Includes the parent/guardian and child attending an in-person meeting to discuss the concerning history of the child/adolescent and to gather information from previous providers working with the family.  For example: early intervention records, teacher information, prior testing, etc.  Also at this 1st visit an assessment/evaluation will be performed with your child. A battery of evidence-based assessments will be utilized to create a baseline for your child and their needs.  This visit is in-person and typically occurs after we have collected any/all prior testing information or evaluation forms that have been sent out to the families. 

  • Visit 2:  is an appointment through telehealth with our licensed developmental pediatricians who will discuss their findings and diagnosis with the family.  Continued medical care, school recommendations, and addition medical needs will be identified and discussed. This is a telemedicine appointment only.  

At the current time, we are unable to accept any INSURANCES for the developmental testing, however a superbill will be provided to you.

 

All scheduled appointments require a full fee payment in order to schedule. 

The cost of our developmental testing is $2,350.00. 

 

For appointments or more information, please call 978-685-0659

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We Currently Accept the Following Insurance companies for Speech and Occupational Therapy Services:

Aetna

Allways Health Partners

American Specialty Health

Anthem Blue Cross

Beacon

Blue Cross/ Blue Shield

Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan

CHAMPVA

Harvard Pilgrim

Health Plans Inc. 

Humana (Military)

Fallon Health

Masshealth

Mass General Brigham Health Plan (Masshealth)

Optum

Tricare (Military)

Tufts 

Tufts Public Plans

Unicare

United Healthcare

US Family Health (Military)

WellSense Health Plan (New Hampshire - Medicaid)

and more....

We are constantly adding new insurance providers, please contact our office if you do not see your plan listed.

 

WE DO NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPT ANY INSURANCE PAYMENTS for DEVELOPMENTAL TESING

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OPENING HOURS

Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 7:00pm

Closed: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

2024 Holiday Schedule 

Monday, May 27  - Memorial Day - Closed

Thursday, July 4 - Independence Day  - Closed

Monday, September 2 - Labor Day - Closed

Thursday, November 28 -Thanksgiving Day - Closed

Wednesday, December 25 - Christmas Day- Closed

Wednesday, January 1, 2025 - New Year's Day - Closed

Information for referring physicians

Our NPI# : 1740828813

Methuen Pediatric Therapy will process, check insurance, and schedule all appointments for your patients.

PLEASE FAX REFERRALS TO: 978-685-0679

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