Services 

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We serve persons 3 months to 21 years of age.

We provide assessment and intervention services for persons with:

  • Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Learning disabilities

  • Attention Deficit Disorder

  • Persons on the Autism Spectrum

  • Neurological and psychological conditions

  • Gross and fine motor coordination disorders or deficits

We Offer

  • Occupational and Speech Therapy Screenings

  • Occupational and Speech Therapy Evaluations

  • Individual Occupational and Speech Therapy Services

  • Home Visits and Consultations to Private and Public Schools

  • Pair Therapy Programs (groups of two)

  • Social Skill Group

Occupational Therapy

The KIOKO CENTER’s mission is our name. KIOKO is Japanese for Happy Child. At the Kioko Center our staff is focused on providing personalized care that honors each child’s uniqueness and the integrity of his/her family. Our goal is to provide meaningful and productive therapy that improves the life of each child at home, at school, and in the community. We welcome the privilege of collaborating with families to achieve this goal.

The Kioko Center Occupational Therapist pride themselves in being Up to Date and Innovative Therapist with a love and passion for what they do- helping children become the best that they can be by building self esteem, confidence, social skills, motor skills, and sensory processing skills. Our staff works with children and their parents, caregivers, teachers, physicians, and other care providers to establish a holistic and team approach to each individual child’s treatment planning or program. We get to know each child’s personalities, preferences and hobbies or pastimes to help them achieve their goals.

Our therapists are highly trained specialists in pediatrics with years of experience as well as specialized training in Sensory Integration therapy, Neuro-Developemental Therapy Listening Therapy, Floor Time Therapy, Alert Program training, Craniosacral Therapy, Vestibular Training, Visual Training, Oral Motor Therapies, Aquatic Therapy, Hippotherapy, Interactive Metronome and much more. We not only keep our selves current by constantly attending professional training seminars, we provide training to student therapist from local Universities and Occupational Therapy Programs. Our clinic has also worked with WPS and Dr. Lucy Jane Miller in collecting research data on assessment tools used for the pediatric population.

We offer monthly support group meetings in conjunction with Casey Quirk, founder of the SPD support group, providing parents and caregivers information on a variety of topics related to pediatric occupational therapy/ sensory integration therapy.

Please browse our website to find out more about our services and staff.

Tara McCormick, OTD, OTR/L
Executive Director

Speech Therapy

At the Kioko Center we work with children and their families to meet each individual’;s needs in the areas of communication and social pragmatics. We know that being able to communicate is vital to the everyday needs of a child, as he or she must understand what is being said to them and use language appropriately to express what he or she needs and knows to others in the wide variety of settings children interact in.

At the Kioko Center we work with children and their families to meet each individual’s needs in all areas of communication. We know that being able to communicate is vital to every child’s life. Children must learn to use language and social skills while also learning to navigate the world around them. Each child must be able to express their thoughts and needs as well as understand what is being said to them. They should also be able to use, interpret, and respond to social cues and interact with others in the wide variety of settings in which they learn and play. Because every child is different, we individualize therapy for each child based on their unique set of strengths and needs in order to help them reach their goals.

 
 
 

Individual Therapy Programs

Therapy sessions are 50 minutes with consultation and education time provided to the parents/caregivers at the end of each session. Therapists use a holistic approach and base their therapy sessions on the individual needs of each client. Therapies commonly address difficulties with self regulation skills, sensory processing, body awareness, motor planning, bilateral motor coordination, gross and fine motor development. We address specific and current issues per parent report and value the input and feedback that our families and caregivers provide us to help each child/family achieve their goals in the most timely but proper fashion. Our individual sessions may include some of the following therapeutic modalities or treatment techniques.

Sensory Integration Therapy: is the therapeutic intervention with the goal of improvement in the way the brain processes and organizes sensory information. The emphasis is on improving sensory-motor processing rather than on skill training.

Alert Program for Self Regulation ® training and education: is an innovative program that supports children, teachers, parents, and therapists to choose appropriate strategies to change or maintain states of alertness. Students learn what they can do before homework, tests, sports, and other activities to attain an optimal state of alertness or attention for the task at hand. Parents and teachers can learn strategies to use to help their children calm down or wake up depending on their need. For more information visit:www.alertprogram.com

Therapeutic Listening ®: is a form of sound therapy treatment that was developed by Sheila Frick, OTR/L based off the research of Dr. Alfred Tomatis, and Dr. Jean Ayers. Clients participate in therapeutic activities that demand an adaptive response while listening to modulated music via headphones. This treatment technique enhances a child’s learning and developmental skills; as well as reduces sensitivities to sounds and improves auditory discrimination or filtering of background sounds. For more information visit:www.vitallinks.net

Interactive Metronome ® This is a brain-based rehabilitation assessment and training program developed to directly improve the processing abilities that affect attention, motor planning, sequencing, and rhythm/timing. This, in turn, strengthens motor function, and many fundamental cognitive capacities such as planning, organization and language. For more information visit: www.interactivemetronome.com

Vestibular-Visual Protocol also known as the Astronaut Training ® developed by Mary Kawar and associates, is a treatment protocol for vestibular habilitation. It is a child friendly approach to vestibular training which incorporates therapeutically imposed movement, visual (sight) and auditory (sound) activities that are fun and appealing to children. For more information visit: www.vitallinks.net

Handwriting Without Tears ®: is a developmentally based, flexible, and engaging handwriting program that is an easy and effective way to help children develop good handwriting skills and use of writing tools. It has been used successfully by more than 10 million children. For more information visit: www.hwtears.com

Brain Gym ®: was developed by Drs Paul and Gail Dennison. It is a series of movements that were developed from the field of Educational Kinesiology that are known to help children to improve brain functioning. Successful brain function requires efficient connections across the neural pathways located throughout the brain. Stress inhibits these connections, while the Brain Gym movements stimulate a flow of information along these networks, restoring the innate ability to learn and function with curiosity and joy. For more information visit: www.braingym.com

Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT): is a problem solving approach to the examination and treatment of the impairments and functional limitations of individuals with neuropathology, children with cerebral palsy and strokes or traumatic brain injuries. Typically candidates for this treatment technique have dysfunction or deficits with posture and movement that lead to limitations in functional activity. NDT focuses on the analysis and treatment of sensorimotor impairments and functional limitations that physical, occupational, and speech and language therapists can address.

 

Group Programs

Pair Therapy Groups

A group of two children set up on similarity in goals, age, personalities, and time preferences working with one therapist, to address their occupational therapy goals.

 

Cost: $60.00 per child.

Address

Kioko Center, LLC
820 Turnpike Street Suite 104
N. Andover, MA 01845

Phone number 978-681-6605

Fax #: 978-681-6601

Email kioko@kiokocenter.com

HOurs: Monday - Friday 8am-6pm

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