The intensive model for therapy can be physical, occupational, or speech therapy, and is traditional therapy that is provided for multiple hours on a daily basis for a specific number of weeks. Intensive therapy is designed to retrain the brain and body to work together more effectively by utilizing high repetitions of movement patterns and exercises in a concentrated period of time.
Intensive therapy is most often utilized with individuals who have a neuromuscular disorder that requires a significant amount of repetition and reinforcement to learn a new skill, or re-learn a lapsed skill. However, children who experienced a neurological injury or have developmental delays resulting from another diagnosis might also be good candidates for intensive therapy. All children learn by a process of trial and error, as well as repetition. By providing them increased or intensive opportunities to practice these repetitions in correct movement patterns, mastery of the skill is being facilitated in a shorter time frame.
Traditional Intensive Therapy is scheduled for 2-4 hours/day for 5 days/week for 3 weeks; however, this schedule may be modified based on your child’s tolerance and needs. An assessment will be completed pre- and post-intensive to help your child’s therapist identify your child’s areas of need and to measure progress resulting from the intervention.