Southeastern Therapy for Kids

Southeastern Therapy for Kids

Southeastern Therapy for Kids provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services to meet the rehabilitation needs of patients, their physicians, and parents.

We work with children from birth to adulthood providing timely, individualized therapy services in a caring environment through the personalized attention of a committed staff. Our professional care and personal hands-on approach that it sets Southeastern Therapy for Kids apart from the rest. Our patients receive individualized, professional care and will journey through the healing process with the same therapist each visit, as we believe the relationship that is developed between therapist and the patient is most conducive to the healing process. Southeastern Therapy for Kids is a proud member of the Ivy Rehab Network, which is a rapidly growing network of physical & occupational therapy clinics dedicated to providing exceptional care and personalized treatment to get patients feeling better, faster.

Operating as usual

[01/28/21]   ☃️ WE ARE OPEN! ☃️

Please drive safely and call the office if you’d like to convert your appointment to Telehealth for today!

General Booth Interview

Ashley Benshoff, MS OTR/L joined me to talk about our Southeastern Therapy for Kids location in the General Booth area of Virginia Beach! Great information about the services we offer at this location. Check it out! #PediatricTherapy #speechtherapy #occupationaltherapy #physicaltherapy #SoutheasternTherapyforkids #OneIvy #IvyRehab

In accordance with the Virginia mandate, we will be wearing masks going forward. All of our other precautions are still in place.

Please wear a mask if you choose to wait in the waiting room or accompany your child back into the gym/treatment room for their session. You are also more than welcome to wait outside or in your car while your child is being seen. Additionally, children over the age of 10 should be wearing a mask when they enter the building.

We will get through this!

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Physical therapists turn to telehelp to serve patients

We are here for you, and your family...whenever and wherever you need us! Check us out on 13News. We are excited to be offering telehealth services for patients needing physical, occupational, and speech therapy!

13newsnow.com Southeastern Physical Therapy started serving their patients online. This way, patients have access to their therapists if they are staying at home due to COVID-19.

[03/31/20]   Day 31 Activities:
- Seed Fine Motor Names– Use squeeze glue to write a name, letters, or words. Use seeds (or small pieces of paper torn up into bits) and sprinkle them on the glue letters.
--Bunny Hop– Find some friends and do the bunny hop. Such a classic Easter activity is a great way to incorporate bilateral hand coordination, motor planning, proprioception, listening skills, direction following, and problem solving.

[03/30/20]   Day 30 Activities:
-Flower Roll– Roll across a room or down a hill while naming types of flowers. Works on vestibular input, proprioception, motor planning.
- I Spy Visual Perception Activity– Make your own real life “I Spy” game using spring, Easter, or St. Patrick’s Day toys, items, stickers, plastic eggs, beads, etc. Spread them all out on a table and ask your child to search and find certain items. Works on visual memory, visual scanning, and language development.

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Spring Robin Counting FIne Motor Busy Bag - The OT Toolbox

Day 29 Activities:
-Robin Sensory Bin– Use an egg carton to make a robin busy bag and add it to a spring themed sensory bin for tactile play. Works on fine motor skills, tactile sensory.
https://www.theottoolbox.com/spring-robin-counting-fine-motor-busy/
- Rainbow Dance– Use colored paper sheets to create colored areas on the floor (one sheet per color is enough!). Turn up the music and dance. Assign each color to different gross motor movements like reaching down to the ground with head between legs, jumping jacks, frog jumps, etc. Have someone turn off the music and everyone runs to a color and does the motion. This is a vestibular sensory input, gross motor, motor planning, listening, attention, and visual scanning activity.

theottoolbox.com Spring and Robins go hand in hand. We made this Robin Fine Motor Counting Busy Bag one day and the kids were giddy with excitement to play! This is the perfect addition to the occupational therapist’s Spring planning. Use this DIY activity to work on so many fine motor skills! Spring Robin Countin...

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Oral Motor Exercise with a Cotton Ball Bunny - The OT Toolbox

Day 28 Activities:
-Spring Squeeze– Grab the cushions from the couch and make a big pile to squeeze out the winter blahs. Try adding more or less pillows. Works on proprioception.
-Oral Motor Bunny Sensory Play– Work on oral motor sensory skills with a DIY bunny craft and a straw. Works on oral motor skills, mouth musculature, visual scanning, coordination, motor planning, and problem solving.
https://www.theottoolbox.com/easter-bunny-cuties/

theottoolbox.com This oral motor exercise has an Easter theme with a cotton ball bunny craft that kids can use in fine motor skills activities and regulation needs.

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Brain Breaks - The OT Toolbox

Day 27 Activities:
- Basket Crawls– Crawl across the floor crab walk/bear walk/wheelbarrow style. The only problem is, you’ve got to carry a basket with you! How can you get it across the room? Maybe it’s on your belly or attached to a foot. Works on motor planning, problem solving, bilateral coordination, gross motor skills, proprioception. Try these brain breaks for more ideas.
https://www.theottoolbox.com/brain-breaks/
- Rainbow Color Match Up– Use colored clothes pins to match up to items around the home. Try to find all of the colors of the rainbow. Works on fine motor skills: pinch grasp, tripod grasp, hand strength.

theottoolbox.com Brain breaks are quick activity or mental shifts that allow a child (and adult!) to "shift gears". These brain break activities are fun and easy for kids.

[03/26/20]   Day 26 Activities:
- Spring Scooter Maze– Use a floor scooter, skateboard, or even a regular scooter as a wheeled seat to go through a maze drawn in chalk on a driveway. Kids can use their legs to pull along the path drawn with flowers and spring raindrops. Works on core muscle strength, proprioception, motor planning, problem solving, and visual perception.
-Clover Balloon Toss– Draw a four leaf clover on a balloon. Practice batting the balloon from person to person, not letting it hit the ground. Next, do this activity by walking on knees. Finally, do this activity sitting on the floor. Other ways to play: Use new fly swatters to hit the balloons. Add more balloons to the game. Works on visual scanning, visual tracking, hand-eye coordination, bilateral coordination, and crossing midline.

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Stress Reducing Sensory Bin - The OT Toolbox

Day 25 Activities:
-Proprioception Egg Squeeze– Use balloons to make sensory squeeze balls for stress relief through proprioception to the hands. Add other items to the balloons like flour for differing resistances. Works on proprioception, hand strengthening.
https://www.theottoolbox.com/stress-reducing-sensory-bin/
- Rainbow Wave– Grab a brightly colored sheet and play parachute with 2 or 3 other people. Add small scraps of fabric or tissue paper to the top of the sheet. Works on bilateral hand coordination, gross motor skills, problem solving, visual tracking.

theottoolbox.com Sometimes a mom (and the kids) needs a little stress-reducing. We’ve done lavender scented sensory play before (a few times!) for a scented relaxation activity. This stress reducing sensory bin is not scented, but it is stress relieving with it’s sensory play, resistive activity with propriocept...

[03/24/20]   Day 24 Activities:
- Visual Scanning Color Search– Look for the colors of Spring (go through the rainbow) in an outdoor color hunt. Gather items from nature in each color of the rainbow. Works on visual scanning, motor planning,
- Shamrock Wall Push-Ups– Tape foam or cut out shamrocks to the wall and show your child how to place their hands on the shamrocks. Press away from the wall, doing a standing push-up. Works on proprioception, upper body strengthening, core body strength.

[03/23/20]   Day 23 Activities:
-Dirt Dig– Start turning dirt for a Sensory Garden. Not growing a garden this year? Try some indoor gardening with flowers or herbs. Works on sensory input, proprioception, problem solving, and executive functioning skills.
-Rainbow Sensory Bin– Create a sensory bin based on the colors of the rainbow to work on fine motor skills, tactile sensory input, language development, self-confidence, hand-eye coordination, and in-hand manipulation.

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Pre-Writing Lines Handwriting Activity - The OT Toolbox

Day 22 Activities:
- Easter Egg Line Awareness– Practice pre-writing line awareness with an Easter theme. Working on more advanced skills? Try writing words on the lines of the eggs. Can’t do an Easter theme in your school? Adapt this activity to become a spring flower line awareness activity.
https://www.theottoolbox.com/pre-writing-lines-handwriting-activity/
-Shamrock Air Draw– Ask your child to lay down on the floor on his/her back. (Get down on the floor right beside them!) Raise your arm straight up in the air and draw a big shamrock in the air. Now stand up and lean over, hanging your hands straight down to the ground and draw another large shamrock in the air. Works on gross motor, motor planning, crossing midline, and vestibular.

theottoolbox.com You know we like to share handwriting activities around here, right?  This Easter egg pre-writing activity is a fun way for young children to work on pre-writing skills in order to build a base for letter formation and pencil control.  While we made this activity an Easter egg-ish shape, you coul...

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Easter Egg Game- Color Scavenger Hunt - The OT Toolbox

Day 21 Activities:
-Sensory Egg Hunt– Create an egg hunt in a confined area with a sensory twist: Use a blindfold and a leader who needs to describe the directions the blindfolded person needs to go. Provide an arm support to avoid injuries! Works on visual imagery, teamwork, and problem solving.
https://www.theottoolbox.com/color-scavenger-hunt-with-easter-eggs/
- Pot of Gold Sensory Bin– Grab gold coins, yellow checker pieces, or even real money and put them all into a big bin. Add tweezers and tongs to work on fine motor skills as your child scoops and places the coins into a bowl. Works on tripod grasp, open thumb web space, intrinsic muscle strength, and hand-eye coordination. Here is more information on the fine motor benefits of playing with coins.
https://www.theottoolbox.com/6-fine-motor-activities-using-gold-coins/

theottoolbox.com Kids will love this Easter egg game that helps with color identification and matching in a color scavneger hunt activit, perfect for Easter parties.

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Snowflake Balance Winter Gross Motor Indoor Play Therapy Idea - The OT Toolbox

Day 20 Activities:
Rainbow Write- Place a piece of paper on the floor. Have a big piece like a roll of wrapping paper? Even better! Use crayons or markers to write words in one color. Then trace over those words or letters in another color. Work your way through the colors for a beautiful way to practice letter formation. This activity works on proprioceptive input, core strengthening, letter formation, wrist and shoulder stability, visual motor skills, and more.
- Shamrock Balance Beam– Use foam or cut out shamrocks to create a balance beam.
Cut shamrocks from paper and place them around the room. Get the kids in on the snowflake cutting for seasonal scissor skill work!
https://www.theottoolbox.com/snowflake-balance-winter-gross-motor/

theottoolbox.com When the weather is too cold to go outdoors and the kids are bouncing off the walls, you sometimes need to get creative.  Maybe you’ve got a few Occupational Therapy students who would benefit from a vestibular movement activity like this snowflake balance beam!                       ....

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Easter Egg Game- Color Scavenger Hunt - The OT Toolbox

Day 19 Activities:
- Egg Trampoline Toss– This is an activity to use with a mini trampoline or a full size outdoor trampoline. Tape plastic eggs shut with tape, Throw them on the trampoline and try to catch them as they bounce back up. This is and activity for vestibular sensory input, hand-eye coordination, and motor planning. Don’t have a trampoline? No problem! Use plastic eggs in a tossing game, or a color scavenger hunt.
https://www.theottoolbox.com/color-scavenger-hunt-with-easter-eggs/

- Flower Threading Craft– Grab petals, leaves, and flowers (real or fake) and thread with a large embroidery needle. Thread the flowers along the thread to work on fine motor skills, pincer grasp, tripod grasp, bilateral hand coordination, in-hand manipulation, visual scanning, hand-eye coordination, and crossing midline.

theottoolbox.com Kids will love this Easter egg game that helps with color identification and matching in a color scavneger hunt activit, perfect for Easter parties.

[03/18/20]   Day 18 Activities:
- Rainbow Wrap- Grab a bunch of colorful blankets, towels, and scarves. Ask your kiddo to lay down on the floor as you roll them up in the colors of the rainbow! Works on proprioception.

- Green Smash– Works on fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, proprioception, and visual scanning with baked cotton balls. Dye them green for a March theme.
https://www.theottoolbox.com/baked-cotton-balls-ten-apples-up-on-top/

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Proprioception Winter Activity Throwing Snowflakes - The OT Toolbox

Day 17 Activities:
-Shamrock Bean Bag Toss: Cut shamrocks from felt and pin them onto bean bags. Toss them into bowls, pans, and other target areas. Try playing hopscotch with the bean bags, too. Works on motor planning, proprioception, hand-eye coordination.
https://www.theottoolbox.com/proprioception-winter-activity-snowflakes/
- Shamrock Stomp: Works on proprioception, gross motor, coordination, visual motor skills, visual scanning. Spread out shamrock cut outs on the floor. Show your child how to stomp, hop, and jump on the shamrocks.
- Four Leaf Clover Prints: Make a clover shape from a pipe cleaner. Add paint to make clover stamp art. Works on tripod grasp.
https://www.theottoolbox.com/winter-snowflake-stamp-art/

theottoolbox.com Proprioception activities are organizing and regulating.  This weighted snowflake activity is a fun way to turn Occupational Therapy and therapy goals into play with a winter theme.   Proprioception activity to throw weighted snowflakes This post contains affiliate links. Make weighted snowflake...

While we are homeschooling/remotely/digitally educating our kids, if you need assistance with understanding something that has been assigned for your child, just give us a shout. We have Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists that will be happy to answer any questions and assist you the best we can.

We also want give you some activity ideas if your child is supposed to receive PT/OT/ST at school or in the clinic. This is an "activity a day" calendar with some ideas of activities to continue to facilitate development of various fine, visual and gross motor skills for your child. Each day we will be posting instructions and links to resources for various activities you can do in the home with you kiddos!
We WILL get through this! #bettertogether

So important! Children in preschool are asked to trace, write, copy letters and words long before the skills are developed.

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This is my most widely shared post. And rightly so, it’s an important one. These are “prewriting patterns”, with the average (not prescribed) age at which children are developmentally ready to achieve these patterns listed below them in years and months. Being able to process visual information and produce a movement in response (e.g. copying these prewriting patterns or letter formations), is known as “visual motor integration”. ⠀

Note that an X is not typically achieved until 4 years 11 months, and a triangle at 5 years 3 months. If a child can’t form these basic shapes...then they probably won’t be able to form letters. ⠀

It is quite concerning then that there are 3 year 7 month olds starting formal schooling, where they’re expected to write. Not only are their visual motor integration skills not developed enough, their hands are also physically under-developed. In addition, recognising letters, understanding phonics and beginning to read are all needed in order for a child to write meaningfully, skills which children starting kindy typically don’t have. We also know that when a child learns something that doesn’t hold meaning, it‘s unlikely to stick. ⠀

So if you have a 3-4 year old who spontaneously asks or attempts to write letters, that’s great; otherwise, there is no need to initiate or worry about this. Unfortunately there is a misconception, particularly with the way that the current curriculum stands, that earlier is better. Earlier is not always better.⠀

Source: Beery Buktenica Test of Visual Motor Integration, 6th Edition


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Southeastern Therapy for Kids in Virginia Beach provides pediatric physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services to meet the rehabilitation needs of patients, their physicians, and parents, including virtual telehealth appointments and in-home therapy services. We work with children from birth to adulthood providing timely, individualized therapy services in a caring environment through the personalized attention of a committed staff. Our professional care and personal hands-on approach sets Southeastern Therapy for Kids apart from the rest. Our patients receive individualized, professional care and will journey through the healing process with the same therapist each visit, as we believe the relationship that is developed between therapist and the patient is most conducive to the healing process. Southeastern Therapy for Kids is a proud member of the Ivy Rehab Network, which is a rapidly growing network of physical & occupational therapy clinics dedicated to providing exceptional care and personalized treatment to get patients feeling better, faster.

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2117 McComas Way, Suite 105
Virginia Beach, VA
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