United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona’s (UCP) Therapy Programs serve children from infancy to pre-teen years at the Laura Dozer Center located in North Phoenix and Downtown Phoenix.

Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy are all offered at these locations. Our therapists have expertise not only serving children with cerebral palsy, but UCP therapists are experts in  helping children with autism, sensory processing disorder, genetic disorders, orthopedic disabilities, birth defects, effects of in-utero drug or alcohol exposure, head injuries, developmental delay along with other diagnoses that affect the ability to live life without limits. Our team also work with families who may just need a little extra help.  Whether a child is a picky eater, late walker or having difficulty with handwriting issues, our therapists can help a child move from frustration to inspiration.  Our therapy team offers a variety of specialized services such as a feeding clinic, handwriting clinic, sensory integration expertise, and an assistive technology program.

APPOINTMENTS CAN BE SCHEDULED TODAY BY CALLING: 602-682-1893

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LAURA DOZER CLINIC SERVICES

Are you troubled that your child responds differently to sensation than other children? Does your child react negatively to sounds or bright lights or doesn’t like messy play? Is your child fearful with movement or seek out excessive swinging, spinning or rough play? Deficits in sensory processing, poor body awareness and muscle weakness may make it difficult for your child to hop, skip, catch a ball, color, cut with scissors, use a spoon to eat or even dress like children the same age. The UCP OT team can help your child overcome sensory and motor challenges to be successful and confident in in their daily lives. UCP’s therapists will use fun activities to improve processing of sensory information, overall strength and coordination, motor planning, coordination of the two sides of the body, visual perceptual skills, visual motor skills and hand skills. Our OT team can help children use the sensory and moto  information they receive from their body and their world around them to be independent in life’s simple childhood tasks such as play, self-help and learning. With the UCP OT Team’s help, your child can overcome life’s challenges with the just right challenge!

Whether the concern for your child is picky eating, poor breast or bottle feeding, failure to thrive, foo allergies, intolerance to textures, difficulty chewing, or even transitioning from G-tube to oral feeding, help can be found at the UCP Feeding Clinic. Our trained feeding therapists can assist in addressing the entire feeding experience beginning from birth, and even on to adolescence. The team understands that  diagnoses such as premature birth, food allergies, and other developmental delays can significantly interrupt typical feeding and swallowing development. Our feeding clinic team uses a variety of play based feeding therapy techniques and a multi-disciplinary, sensory-oral approach with the guidance of an occupational therapist and a speech therapist. Through this approach, our team will teach kids to have positive experiences with food, learn mealtime routines with their families, increase tolerance to the smell, touch and taste of food, increase the range and volume of food they will eat and increase the skills it takes to tolerate age appropriate foods. Our experienced feeding therapists will work together with parents, caregivers, and medical professionals to attain the results your child needs. Let UCP Feeding Clinic be the last stop to your child’s feeding challenges and the first step to becoming a successful eater!  Use UCP’s checklist to see if your child might benefit from a feeding evaluation.

If you are concerned about your child’s large motor skills, UCPs PT team may be able to help. Muscle weakness, abnormally low or high muscle tone, limited movement in joints or poor balance may preven your child from walking, running, playing on playground equipment or climbing stairs. Our PTs help children be independent. UCP’s highly trained therapists are skilled in facilitating movement and mobility to improve a child’s motor development and function by using fun age appropriate activities to increase a child’s strength and endurance, motor learning, balance and coordination. Our PT team knows how to create learning opportunities using play to address physical challenges children may face in their daily lives. Our team can also help children and their families with positioning, techniques, transferring and lifting, obtaining orthotics/prosthetics, purchasing adaptive equipment and using assistive technology. The UCP PT team can help your child overcome to live life without limitations!

Are you worried that your child is not talking, not talking in complete sentences or are hard to understand? UCP SLP team help children, who do not talk like other children their age, do not follow directions, have difficulty getting words out, appear to stutter, have hoarse voices or speech is affected by hearing impairment. Our SLP facilitate children’s speech and language skills by focusing on the “how-to” of talking including making sounds, pronunciation and the coordination of mouth muscles and movements to produce speech. Our SLP team knows how to help children understand what they see or hear and overcome struggles with finding the right words or organizing words in a meaningful way. They can help your child to communicate their special message or simply hold a conversation with you. When a child can communicate their wants, needs and thoughts, frustration can be prevented that sometimes leads to negative behaviors. Your child can overcome these challenges to grow in both understanding and speaking words with help from our UCP SLP team! Are you worried that your child is not talking, not talking in complete sentences or are hard to understand? UCP SLP team help children, who do not talk like other children their age, do not follow directions, have difficulty getting words out, appear to stutter, have hoarse voices or speech is affecte by hearing impairment. Our SLPs facilitate children’s speech and language skills by focusing on the “how-to” of talking including making sounds, pronunciation and the coordination of mouth muscles and movements to produce speech. Our SLP team knows how to help children understand what they see or hear and overcome struggles with finding the right words or organizing words in a meaningful way. They can help your child to communicate their special message or simply hold a conversation with you. When a child can communicate their wants, needs and thoughts, frustration can be prevented that sometimes leads to negative behaviors. Your child can overcome these challenges to grow in both understanding and speaking words with help from our UCP SLP team!

OTHER CLINIC SERVICES

PAYMENT OPTIONS:

Visual Motor Evaluation:

Self-Pay: $250 or pay by Insurance

Individual Session:

Self Pay: $50/half-hour; $100/hour

Health Insurance: Individual Session cost determined by health plan

Group Session:

$50/hour for under 5 years old

$25/hour for over 5 years old

Note: Size and cost of classes may vary depending on children’s age and needs.

Here are 6 ways writing by hand can help your child’s brain:

  • It has an organizing effect
  • It coordinates the left & right brain
  • It boosts cognitive skills
  • It inspires creativity
  • It sharpens maturing minds
  • It improves visual memory

Does your child have messy handwriting, gets tired quickly when using a pencil, forms letters incorrectly, holds pencil with a whole hand or immature grasp, colors or writes letters outside of the lines and fights parents when written homework is assigned?

Our goal at UCP is to help children reach their full potential with handwriting. The practice of writing by hand is more than just a way to communicate. The practice helps with learning letters and shapes, can improve idea composition and expression. Many underlying components go into handwriting including visual perceptual skills, visual motor skills, fine motor skills and attention to task to name a few. These components will be assessed along with your child’s handwriting by an occupational therapist to determine your child’s need.

Did You Know these Facts About Handwriting?

Current research validates how writing by hand engages the brain in learning. For children who learn to handwrite, there was stronger and longer-lasting recognition of the letters proper orientation, suggesting that the specific movements memorized when learning how to write aided the visual identification of graphic shapes.

Research shows the hand’s unique relationship with the brain when it comes to composing thoughts and ideas. Handwriting differs from typing because it requires executing sequential strokes to form a letter, whereas keyboarding involves selecting a whole letter by touching a key.

A research study at Indiana University, using specialized MRI scans that spot neurological activity, showed heightened brain activity in key areas in the children who had practiced writing by hand, indicating learning took place.

COMING SOON!

UCP is participating in a National Institute of Health grant in collaboration with the University of Arizona. This study, Intense Physio-Therapies to Improve Function in Young Children with Cerebral Palsy, is a randomized study whose aim is to evaluate the effects of administering both physical and occupational therapy 5 times each week for 12 weeks and compare it with the standard of care approach of one time a week. UCP is currently recruiting children with a diagnosis of spastic cerebral palsy that has been confirmed by either a pediatric neurologist or pediatric rehabilitation specialist. Candidates must be between the ages of 12 months and 36 months and functioning between levels 2 and 3 according to the Gross Motor Function Classification System.

Visit Clinical Trials Gov page to learn more, we also recommend you watch this video to learn more about the benefits of this clinical trial.

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